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Five-piece prog metal band from Munich founded in 1986. They went to great lengths to attain the professionalism displayed on their albums, carefully avoiding aping the big guns (DREAM THEATER, FATE'S WARNING). Their music is melodic, powerful prog metal at its finest, with an emphasis on "melodic" and "powerful". They spent several years honing their technical skills before concentrating on the actual song writing. When they felt ripe (and at a great financial cost to all members) they self-produced their debut album in order to have complete control over its every aspect. Since then, they have released two other first-rate albums.

The self-produced first album, "Trance-Like State" (97), showed great promise although the vocalist was a bit of a disappointment. The subsequent "Very" (99) and the following "End of Silence" (04) feature two entirely different yet excellent vocalists as well as a phenomenal drummer, guitarist and keyboard player. The longer tracks on "End of Silence" provide ample space for instrumental stretch-outs yet never sound over-indulgent or contrived. The most impressive thing about this band is their ability to be SO powerful, raise your blood pressure, and then suddenly break out the acoustic guitars and bring you way down to some beautiful, majestic power ballads. These guys are in complete control of their art. Their catchy melodies will no doubt attract the AOR crowd; the restraint they show despite their technical abilities will also be noted by symphonic prog fans; and their crunchiness won't fail to grab the attention of the most demanding metal crowd. A classy metal band indeed.

Highly recommended, especially to fans of DREAM THEATER, EMPTY TREMOR, ZEN, MAYADOME and SUPERIOR.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

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3.00 | 15 ratings
Trance-Like State
1997
3.35 | 21 ratings
Very
1999
3.55 | 46 ratings
End Of Silence
2004
4.12 | 50 ratings
5th Season
2007
3.74 | 10 ratings
Everlight
2012

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3.96 | 9 ratings
Revoiced
2005

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 Everlight by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 10 ratings

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Everlight
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Dreamscape is without doubt one of my fav prog metal bands ever, not only from Germany but from Europe aswell. The previous album from 2007 named 5th season was for me a real gem and a masterpieces of the genre for sure. After this album was released soon around 2008 the band broke up , I was really shocked that another one of my fav bands will gone into oblivion, because Dreamscape is hardly well known in prog metal circles and is unfairly unnoticed world wide and their music is top notch. Few Years later after they disbanded the head of the band guitarist Wolfgang Kerinnis manage to reform the band and even releasing a new album in 2012 named Everlight. Well, I'm very glad that they are still in bussines and the album is a great example of solid prog metal these days. Is complex , is melodic has plenty of memorable arrangements, specially the keyboards are extremly diverse and very tastefuly done. A new voice appear here, Francesco Marino who done a good job, his voice has a bit of anger in his tone, but integrated very well in Dreamscape music. Aswell, I'm glad that they not change the direction, musicaly speaking, they remaining on same coordonates as previous albums, a thing to appreciate I might say. There are a some invited guests here, some well known among others like Arno Menses from ex Sieges Even , Subsignal fame, Oliver Hartman from Avantasia their ex vocalist Roland Stoll and few more. So, as I said the music is great, I see lot of talent puted in this new album, lot of work, even this is not as great as previous release, still is quite solid most of the time. 12 pieces, with 3 instrumentals, the opning track who sets the mood for the album, prog metal delight with some symphonic elements thrown in, The Calm Before The Storm and the smooth acustical journey on Refugium In Db-Major, the rest are with voice. All stands as great, no weak moments here, even some spectacular ones like on longest track A Matter Of Time Transforming, restless, etc. Comlicated prog metal with nice interludes between guitars and keyboards, the keyboards are almost perfect to my ears, really very awesome parts. All in all a very nice prog metal album that will please most of the prog metal fans, I like it, their technical abilities are impressive like on previous 2-3 albums. 4 stars to this album, a welcome come back of one of my fav prog metal bands in last decade. For fans of Empty Tremor, even Subsignal or Dream Theater.

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 5th Season by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 50 ratings

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5th Season
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

5 stars Sometimes a band keeps releasing albums, staying within the same style but refining it with each album, until it all suddenly clicks. Dreamscape's fourth album is such. They started doing 7 minute songs on their third album, but it seemed sometimes plodding and directionless. The fourth is structured similarly - first, two shorter, rockier songs, an epic, 7-minute numbers, a ballad. But every track is superior to its counterpart.

Dreamscape is a so-called Dreamtheater clone that actually sounds like Dreamtheater (and not just a metal band with long songs, keyboards and melodic vocals that are often lumped into this category), and is as good as DT - on this album. The long songs are a study in contrasts, moving from lush keyboard passages to crushing riffs and guitar shredding, all the while retaining the accessibility. They are also capable, as Dreamtheater, of power ballads and uplifting melodic metal numbers. But wisely stay from overdoing stuff.

Maybe not the most original band out there, but a must for mainstream prog metal fans.

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 Revoiced by DREAMSCAPE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Revoiced
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars This is a re-recording of best songs from Dreamscape's first albums with a new vocalist. A pretty good one, I might add, slightly accented, but strong and emotional and without high pitched histrionics. A more manly La Brie, if you will.

At this point, Dreamscape is fairly compact prog metal. Songs are about 5 minutes length, with ample changes of mood, but no over-complicated song structures or lengthy solos. On subsequent albums they would get longer and even more intense and emotional. Dreamscape could reasonably be called Dreamtheater clone - a very good clone - if the band's leader didn't insist he formed it before anyone heard of Dreamtheater.

Anyway, Dreamscape distinguishes itself in this over-populated genre by doing very good contrasts in the music - thrash and melodic metal, heavy verse-light choruses (or vice versa), crushing guitar riffs and very diverse keyboards (in fact, keys are as much of a highlight as the guitar, doing both beautiful piano lines and dark atmospherics, playing independent melodies along with the guitar, not just complementing it).

The first albums, if rated independently, probably deserve a 3 star. But as a compilation of the better songs, this album and the even better 5th Season album (convincing 5 stars) are the ones from Dreamscape that I would keep.

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 Everlight by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 10 ratings

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Everlight
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Dreamscape is a hidden jam of prog metal. Lack of wider recognition, probably, was the reason of their break-up after the excellent 2007 album. But five years after the band's mastermind, guitarist Wolfgang Kerinnis, managed to put out a new album. It's a strange one and not their best. There are different lead vocalists for a lot of songs (and, as if to sum up, all return once more for the epic song). Somehow it doesn't feel like a proper album. Although it was probably deliberate design.

Then it's a testament to the guy's talents that it is all very listenable (but you have to give it a few spins). The principal vocalist has an aggresive style, so most songs are in prog-power vein, rather than the intense and emotional Dreamtheater vibe of the 5th Season ( come on! DREAMscape! 5th SEASON!). But there are also classically inspired instrumental pieces, a couple of ballads, and more-changes-than-you-blink prog workout of "A matter of time transforming".

A feature of the band is the very heavy tone of the guitar. Keyboards are equally prominent and diverse, from piano-ish runs to dramatic soundscapes. But structures generally are less complex than before, maybe an appeal for broader recognition this time around.

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 Very by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.35 | 21 ratings

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Very
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

4 stars After first experiencing Dreamscape with the album 'Revoiced', I heard this album already familiar with most of the material. 'Revoiced', featuring re-recordings of most of these songs, impressed me greatly, so it comes as no surprise that I like this album.

It's obvious to see that the band re-recorded all the best songs, as some of the songs that I wasn't previously familiar with definitely seem like weaker tracks. And whilst Huby Meisel has a very majestic voice, I've come to love Roland Stoll's renditions of these songs.

The band can be (like every Prog Metal band) easily compared to Dream Theater, but one thing I really like about Dreamscape is that all their songs are very melodic, so even the heavier riffs have a nice elegance to them. Especially with tracks like 'Thorn in My Mind', 'When Shadows Are Gone', 'Winter Dreams' and all three parts of 'Panterei'. All these songs nicely combine heavy guitar riffs with beautiful keyboards.

Overall this is some great quality Progressive Metal. If you're new to Dreamscape I strongly recommend 'Revoiced' instead of 'Very', but regardless, pardon the obvious pun, this is indeed a 'Very' good album.

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 End Of Silence  by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.55 | 46 ratings

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End Of Silence
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Although I groaned initially due to what is by this point progressive metal cliché, I cannot deny that this is a fantastic album in that context, and those who love the genre, particularly Dream Theater, should not pass by this one. Roland Stoll's voice is almost a clone of that of James LaBrie, and quite a bit of this band's style on End of Silence is very similar to the genre's most popular quintet. Expect heavy guitars, powerful vocals, a solid rhythm section, synthesizer leads with apparently one setting, and the occasional soft song. However, with that said, this band does a phenomenal job using dynamic compositions and melodies to their advantage.

"Clockwork" Following a glitzy synthesizer-lead opening (similar to "New Millennium" by Dream Theater), the strained tenor of the vocalist and heavy guitars moves in at a medium pace. The song has everything one would expect from a progressive metal album opener minus speedy theatrics. Instead, the song focuses on the rhythm and the big vocals.

"Short-Time News" Soft piano and cutting lead guitar would lead one to believe a power ballad is in store, but this is not so- pretty soon guttural guitar rips through alongside synthesizer, and the music is right back in heavy metal territory.

"The End of Light" The epic of the album involves a quasi-orchestral beginning, and could easily be the music for the opening credits of a Tim Burton film. After three minutes of robust symphonic music, the band kicks in with methodical metal. The bright melody over piano about six minutes in is quite uplifting, and the subsequent guitar solo is a real highlight. Delicate guitar brings in a gentler, yet still ominous passage, which gives way to more biting guitar, heavy drumming, and a synthesizer solo. This is a big song, one that can really feel as though it is starting to lose focus around seventy-five percent of the way through. Toward the end, it allows the piano to take over the repeated melody, and this is an excellent move.

"All I Need" In keeping with the gentle piano that ended the previous expedition, Dreamscape offers a short, soft song- a well-placed respite from driving metal and lengthy instrumental sections. The song uses simple chords and a straightforward but agreeable melody.

"Silent Maze" Deep bass introduces this one. It is standard progressive metal fare, this time complete with a shredding guitar solo. I enjoy the interaction between the shimmering guitar and the keyboards hovering in the backdrop.

"Flow" Here is a driving progressive metal cut with thick wall of guitar and breathier sections laced with synthesizer lead. The vocals are a bit grating in places, but overall, this is an excellent offering on this album.

"More Than" While the bass carries a basic tone, the backing is riddled with odd effects. Multiple guitars cut through though, and soon a somber vocal creeps in over a gentle background. Once again, the band demonstrates their ability to use dynamics to craft excellent and varied songs- despite powerful heavy metal passages, the band dams these up with some of the calmest music to be found on this affair.

"Infected Ground" Using a simple chord progression and filling out the sound with the staples of the progressive metal genre, Dreamscape offers a very good work, if only challenging in places. For the guitar solos, the band opens up the rhythm (rather than cluttering it with chugging guitars), and this proves most effective.

"You Don't Know Me" For the final song, the band offers even more variety, this time using a cavorting yet off-kilter romp between the keyboards and the guitar. The melody is wonderful.

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 End Of Silence  by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.55 | 46 ratings

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End Of Silence
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Aeolus

4 stars Dreamscape 'End of Silence' 7 years after their first effort, Trance-Like State, Dreamscape released their 3rd Album, 'End of Silence', featuring the same team of musicians except the singer. In their 3 first albums, Dreamscape have changed 3 singers, so Roland Stoll must consider himself lucky to have sung in 2 albums (plus the Re-Voiced album). Roland sounds a bit like James LaBrie. Wolfgang Kerinnis, leading guitarist looks a lot like a younger James LaBrie!!! However, the obvious similarities with Dream Theater stop here! Most songs are mid tempo, alternating between heavy rhythmic guitar and acoustic passages. There are some heavy slow parts too, especially in the 20-minute epic, 'The End of Light.'

It is the first time Dreamscape attempts such a long song, and they have made sure that there is a continuous flow throughout that keeps the listener's attention between the different parts. It is surprising how well they have managed to do that, as it is mainly well played heavy metal riffs alternating for 20 minutes, yet blending into the next song, the sole ballad of the album 'All I need', as if it was less than 10 minutes.

The beginning couple of songs 'Clockwork' and 'Short-Time News' set the pace for the rest of the album. 'Flow' has some impressive keyboard work. 'You don't know me' starts off like something Sieges Even could have done and continues similarly to the style of the rest of the album.

All musicians have improved greatly since their debut, and the production of keyboard player Jan Vacik allows all instruments to be heard clearly. It is a conscious turn to heavier material. At times, one is reminded of a technically more skilled Threshold ? or what Conception could have turned into if they hadn't stopped. If there is something I would change, it is the duration of some of the songs. Most songs are 7 minutes long. As Dreamscape is mostly song oriented, some of the songs are just 2 minutes longer than they should be (and I am not referring to the epic).

This is an excellent addition to any progressive metal music collection, and a step up from Dreamscape's previous releases.

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 Trance-Like State by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.00 | 15 ratings

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Trance-Like State
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by Aeolus

3 stars Trance-Like State is Dreamscape's first album. It was released in 1997, a year in which most new prog metal bands strived to copy Dream Theater's sound. So, the question is? is Dreamscape yet another Dream Theater clone? Happily, despite the sound-alike name, the answer is no. Wolfgang Kerinnis, the guitar player and main composer insists that he has kept the name since 1986, when Dream Theater were still called Majesty.

They do belong to the German 90s progressive metal scene, along with groups like Soul Cages, Vanden Plas and Everon, in which being melodic, atmospheric and creating good songs is more important than showing off their undeniable music skills (which do show up in the compositions). Not to mention the heavy German pronunciation of English that one learns to get used to after a while. Another group that comes in mind is Conception, as singer Tobi Zoltan does remind us of Rhoy Khan's whining and the rhythm guitars sound similar to Tore Ostby's. Despite similarities, from their first album, they manage to pave their own way in the progressive 90s.

A Trance-Like State indeed. Expect lots of atmospheric keyboard passages, some piano and mostly mid-tempo compositions enriched with heavy guitar playing. The exception here is the speedy 'Don't take care', that seems to be screaming: 'I'm your Under a Glass Moon'! There are also a number of ballads and slower pieces, all with a great deal of atmosphere and passion. Songs that stand out are the opener, 'Spirits' and the beautiful 'Streets', with the main riff fading out in the end. Both 'Changes' and 'Face your Fears' have interesting prog instrumental sections. However, my favourite is the last tune, 'The Wall', that leaves you with a positive taste at the end of the album.

The disadvantages of this album are its unbalanced production and the vocals. Dreamscape self produced the album, so one keeps considering how better the songs would have sounded after some experienced producer's touch. The lyrics are simplistic and not well pronounced at times. They do however explore various concepts successfully, as in 'Face your Fears', which deals with a man that grows up not daring to open a door, not knowing what he will find on the other side.

All in all, Trance-Like State is good, but not essential for your Progressive Metal collection. However, it is the testament of a group of talented musicians at the beginning of their career, who have managed to keep the standards high even in their first release.

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 5th Season by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 50 ratings

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5th Season
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by warspite

4 stars Sadly 5th season might have to be labeled Dreamscape's unsurpassable legacy, with 3 major players having left the band right after it's release party performance. I wouldn't call it Dreamscape's swan song because the remaining gitarrist and drummer managed to stage a well acclaimed tour in 2008 using session musicians among them Mischa Mang of Ivanhoe fame. Still this record is something special.

The two opening songs 'Fed Up With' and 'Borderline' are well composed and performed - I am sure many a prog metal band would be happy to have written them - preparing a staging ground for the title track, a 14 1/2 minute monster of genius and creative bliss that leaves the listener breathless and reaching for the repeat key at an instant. 'Deja Vu' serves as a little filler before 'Phenomenon' is unleashed at the audience, rich in intensity, a super thick canvas of sound wrapping itself around Roland Stoll's voice. What '5th Season' requires the 4th of an hour to unload, 'Phenomenon' keeps true to it's name and does it in an almost radio compatible timespan. This song will probably never ever leave my head, there were days when I went to sleep humming it and woke the next morning to continue humming it. With 'Different' and 'Point Zero' Dreamscape can once again demonstrate their ability to create contemporary progressive metal songs that just cannot raise the suspicion of being a waste of time, that spite their length because the minutes pass in a blur while the listener displays an insane grin on it's face.

'Farewell' finalizes the tremendous cut in the band's biography, but as with every farewell this is also a new beginning and surely only time will be a matter for Dreamscapes next output, if just it will be a creative behemont like this record.

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 5th Season by DREAMSCAPE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.12 | 50 ratings

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5th Season
Dreamscape Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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5 stars 4,5 rounded to 5

One of the most polished and solid prog metal albums I ever heared in last years. 5th season is the last album from 2007 of this prog metal act from Germany. Better then the predecesor, with a plus on compositions, they take care more of subtle arrangements, the musicianship is outstanding, and the pieces flow from one to another in a spectacular way. Well is true again we have traces of Dream Theater, but this is not a proble here this album is better then anything Dream Theater release after Scenes from amemory. The voice of Roland Stoll is excellent on this album, quite better then on previous work, from high range to mellower aproach, this guy is a shining star among vocalists these days. The interplays between guirat and keys is again brilliant, leaving the listner with breath taken. From odd time signatures to complex arrangemnts make from this Dreamscape last effort a truly amazing work in prog metal. Germany always was and is a pile in this sugenre, giving some outstanding bands, just to name a few Vanden Plas, Avalon, etc. So 5th season desearve from me a full 5 stars, recommended among the best prog metal albums these days. Fav pieces: the opening track Fed Up With, the title track 5th Season - a super example how must sound prog metal today, well written and well composed and above all not boring one second, Somebody and Diffrent. Higly recommended for all prog metal listners and a masterpiece of this subgenre.

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