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Symphonic Prog • Germany


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TRAUMHAUS is a German group that evolved out of a mid 90s outfit called ZWEEBACK. The group's name translates to "House of Dreams" and their music combines hard rock with a healthy helping of atmospherics. While the style looks back to many German bands of the 70s and 80s, their use of angular melodies and their native tongue draws valid comparisons to one in particular, ANYONE'S DAUGHTER. NOVALIS and GROBSCHNITT might be other reference points, although TRAUMHAUS is somewhat more rhythmic. The band consisted of Frank Woidich - Organ, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals, Bernhard Selbach - Guitars, Backing Vocals, Bass Pedals, Michael Dorniak - Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Alexander Weyland - Vocals, Synthesizer, Piano and Nina Weyland - Guest Vocals.


Up until now they have only one release, their self titled 2001 debut. It consists of 8 songs over 5 minutes long, one of which is an 18 minute epic.


With the understanding that the band's sound had not yet fully developed on their first album, and future releases seem more and more doubtful, TRAUMHAUS is recommended to those who like German progressive rock with heavy guitars and bass balanced by symphonic keyboards.

::: Ken Levine :::

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Die Andere SeiteDie Andere Seite
CD Baby 2014
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AusgeliefertAusgeliefert
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TraumhausTraumhaus
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Musea Records France 2007
Audio CD$213.98 (used)
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2.78 | 16 ratings
Traumhaus
2001
4.16 | 21 ratings
Die Andere Seite
2008
4.02 | 84 ratings
Das Geheimnis
2013

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Ausgeliefert
2014

TRAUMHAUS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.10 | 2 ratings
Hinaus
2005

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 Die Andere Seite by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.16 | 21 ratings

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Die Andere Seite
Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band TRAUMHAUS was formed back in 1994 with vocalist and keyboardist Alexander Weyland as its central member. They released their self-titled debut album back in 2001, on the now defunct Angular Records label. Seven years later they released their second album "Die Andere Seite", this time on Saustark Records. When they reappeared in 2013 with their third full length album it was released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records. They have subsequently reissued the first two Traumhaus albums, adding bonus cuts to the new versions.

Like with their debut album, Traumhaus wanders through a landscape where they use elements from neo progressive and classic symphonic rock, with some metal oriented details added in. The end result is a compelling one, with frail passages and majestic sequences alternating in a smooth and logical manner. Fairly liberal use of the Mellotron is a strong mood provider, and a taste for that instrument will be needed, as will a certain affection for atmospheres bordering the melancholic and occasionally with a more ominous presence.

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 Ausgeliefert by TRAUMHAUS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Ausgeliefert
Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band TRAUMHAUS was formed back in 1994 with vocalist and keyboardist Alexander Weyland as its central member. They released their self-titled debut album back in 2001, on the now defunct Angular Records label. Seven years later they released their second album "Die Andere Seite", this time on Saustark Records. When they reappeared in 2013 with their third full length album it was released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records. They have subsequently reissued the first two Traumhaus albums, adding bonus cuts to the new versions and also opted to rename the band's debut album to "Ausgeliefert".

"Ausgeliefert" documents the skills of a promising band that tries to explore a fairly diverse musical landscape that ranges from atmospheric neo progressive rock to a tight and accessible variety of progressive metal, with several indications along the way that this is a band that is well aware of their classic symphonic progressive rock as well. While it is rather different in execution, I'd suggest that those who found the British band Galahad's 2007 album "Empires Never Last" to be an enjoyable effort, will also give this CD a spin, alongside those who find the notion of a band wandering between the aforementioned variations of progressive rock to be an interesting one.

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 Das Geheimnis by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 84 ratings

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Das Geheimnis
Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band TRAUMHAUS has been around in one form or another since the start of the revival of progressive rock in the 90's, releasing their debut album back in 2001 with a second production following in 2008. "Das Geheiminis" is the third studio disc by the band, released through the German label Progressive Promotion Records in the fall of 2013.

"Das Geheimins" is an album that should see Traumhaus gain a lot of recognition. They have crafted an albums worth of symphonic progressive rock that blends details from the old school of this style with a more contemporary oriented variety of it, in a manner that should give the disc a fairly broad appeal amongst fans of progressive rock in general. First and foremost an album that comes with a firm recommendation to those who prefer their progressive rock to be of the symphonic variety obviously, alongside those who tend to enjoy bands commonly described as neo-progressive.

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 Hinaus by TRAUMHAUS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Despite its questionable result, ''Traumhaus'' received a few positive reviews back in 2001, the same year new member Kuno Wagner joined the band on touch guitar.Frank Woidich appeared only as a guest on the band's debut, as a result Alexander Weyland soon took over again all keyboard duties.In 2003 original member Bernhard Selbach left the band due to his heavy schedule and he was replaced by Tobias Hampl.In order to please their fans Traumhaus wrote, recorded and released an EP in 2005, entitled ''Hinaus'', produced by themselves and mixed by Michael Dorniak and Weyland.

A suprising comeback, this one is a significant development over Tramuhaus' raw debut with the questionable songwriting and showcases the band offering a refined, elaborate Progressive Rock with a romantic symphonic sound similar to the 70's in four mid-length tracks, based on stretched instrumental themes and more careful vocal deliveries.They do remind me a lot of 70's DDR groups like STERN COMBO MEISSEN or LIFT, combining strong orchestral textures with more laid-back singing lines in lush, interesting arrangements.The sound is highlighted by the omnipresent Mellotron of Weyland with intense, orchestral waves and lovely flute strings around, surrounded by some beautiful light organ colors and the measured use of synthesizers.Guitars offer some nice, bombastic energy when needed and the rhythm section is absolutely efficient.Filled with changing climates, Traumhaus new effort shows a more mature band with more competent songwriting, while the album could have been easily a late-70's pressing due to its strong analog sound.

Maybe a new era begins for Traumhaus with this EP.In the vein of Classic Teutonic/Symphonic Rock groups of the 70's, ''Hinaus'' will fully satisfy all lovers of Mellotron-led Progressive Rock with nostalgic touches.Recommended.

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 Das Geheimnis by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 84 ratings

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Das Geheimnis
Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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5 stars The third album from Traumhaus shows some line-up changes, as only Tobias Hampl (guitars) and Alexander Weyland (vocals, keyboards) are here from the last one. They now have a new member in bassist in Sebastian Klein, along with Stefan Hope who provides additional drum loops alongside guest drummer Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard). I have a major issue with these guys, and it has nothing at all to do with the music, but plenty to do with the artwork! Guys, this is what I expect from an atmospheric Black Metal band, not a progressive outfit that has so many melodies and uplifting sounds (alongside plenty of atmosphere, but not nearly as much as is suggested by the artwork). It is actually hard to read the information inside the digipak and associated booklet as it is so dark, and I worry that people may see this in a CD rack and pass it by.

Now that would be a real shame as yet again Traumhaus have managed to produce a quite exceptional album, interesting in all facets as they move through melodies and styles. Jimmy has provide himself to be a real asset here, driving the music with plenty of rolls around the kit when the need arises, or just a gentle tap of a cymbal here and there to provide the necessary accent. This music can be symphonic or simple, piano or swathes or keyboards, gentle background guitar or full on riffs. The more I have heard from these guys, the more I am incredibly impressed by them. Lyrics are all in German, which allows me treat the vocals as just another instrument, and yet again this really works for them, although the Jimmy's drumming has lifted them into a new level.

Look past the cover art, and here is an exciting prog rock band who aren't afraid to throw in a 27 minute long epic, and why not indeed. It doesn't get much better than this, and the more I play it the more I find to enjoy about it.

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 Das Geheimnis by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 84 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by OneOpinion

5 stars Comments based on a purchased download from Amazon. Wow! This album is a great listen. The sound is rich, deep, and full. The instrumentation is superb. The bass is prominent while guest drummer Jimmy K shows again what a high caliber drummer he is. The guitar work is another plus, solos are great. My favorite part are the keyboards. Piano, organ, mellotron, and synths are for me, a keyboard fanatic, a high point. Some great Emerson inspired moments. Love everything about it. The vocalist is also very good. Very talented and emotive. He does sing in German, I don't understand it but love the sound of it, it seems natural. The songs are interesting. Lots of change ups, like heavy almost metal sounding one minute and soft and tender the next. The 27:12 minute epic, "D.V.", is amazing. This music is on the heavy side of symph.

I like that variety of sound on this album. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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 Die Andere Seite by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.16 | 21 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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5 stars I recently received a copy of Traumhaus's third album, which reminded me that I really ought to get my ass into gear and review their second, which was released in 2008 (I haven't had it since then, honest!). At the time they were a trio of Tobias Hampl (guitars), Alexander Weyland (vocals, keyboards), Hans Jrg Schmitz (drums, percussion) with guest bassist Jordan H. Gazall. The album is sung in German, a somewhat unusual approach given that most German prog bands use English, but it really works. It reminds me at times of one of my favourite German prog acts, Grobschnitt, especially with their use of mellotron as they have a very Seventies feel to the music. Also, the vocals are very much sung in a register where Alexander can concentrate on emotion, and only goes higher when there is a need instead of trying to sing higher all the time.

The guitars have a strident edge, while the keyboards provide the layering, and Hans knows when to pummel the kit or when to just gently tap on a cymbal here and there. The result is a band who clearly understand the need for space within the music and while at times it can be almost overpowering in its' intensity, there are others when it is quite calming and soothing. The layers can be wound into and across each other so that they have strength, or unwrapped and loose to that there is room for it all to flow and breathe.

It is an album of grace and passion, one that brings a smile to the face of this proghead every time I play it. If you missed this when it came out back in '08 then you owe it to your ears to get hold of it now.

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 Traumhaus by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.78 | 16 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars I don't know if I can use the same words from the SPECIAL COLLABORATOR kenethlevine in their review (#166244), but my sensation is at least very similar about this first album form German band TRAUMHAUS. In other words, if this album isn't a total deception... have stayed in due in relationship to my expectations .They try make a mix of 2 styles of prog- symphonic and heavy or prog metal. In terms of Symphonic-prog, although the keyboards is practically the melody and harmony conductor don't convince and in their other "ingredient" the music sounds repetitive ( in the most of 8 tracks). Some exceptions which save the disk from the "abyss" are in the two last tracks : Track 7 "Navanita" where the band shows a strong an pleasant rhythm section and slightly close to GENTLE GIANT and track 8 "Am Abgrund" with a beautiful work of keyboards and guitars in GENESIS vein. But in a 60:12 of total time , these only 12 min from 2 last tracks isn't enough to proportion a better rate than 2 stars !!!

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 Die Andere Seite by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.16 | 21 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

3 stars German Symphonic Prog has a very distinctive sound and Traumhaus is not the excpetion. Bands like Epidaurus, Novalis and Grobschnitt are some of the most interesting examples of the particular sound from this part of the world and their mark is totally clear on Traumhaus second album.

But the band has their own sound perhaps the influences; some prog metal sections are entwined with the classical German prog sound, full of psych, kraut and wagnerian sections. And if you add the leading role taken by keyboards, you have a consistent prog album full of brilliant atmospheres and beautiful epic sections.

Maybe not one of the best bands from Germany and even into de prog genre but an enjoyable piece of good symph prog wirh some thrilling moments in the first minutes of "Die Andere Seite Part 1"; the powerful and floating "Hinaus"; the heavy but amazing "Bleibe Hier" and of course, "Die Andere Seite Part 3". An album than any prog fan could enjoy easily.

3+* ...

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 Traumhaus by TRAUMHAUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.78 | 16 ratings

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Traumhaus Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars German neo prog,played very close to the style of IQ,PENDRAGON,GALAHAD,GREY LADY DOWN and the likes.Add also some heavier moments in the vein of SYLVAN or even better DARIUS and a few symphonic touches here and there.Guitars are on the front actually with keyboards playing a second role here.The album has some interesting moments as well as some really boring ones,but its main problem stands for the heavy German vocals,which a very raw thing for such a melodic style of music.Not really recommended (and this comes from a neo prog fan),except you can stand this German sung attack or you are a dedicated fan of neo progressive...2 stars are the best I can offer...

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