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Dreams Of Sanity were an Austrian female fronted prog-metal band which released three quality albums during their existence. The band first released two demos in 1994 and 1996 and by 1997 released their studio album called "Komodia" on the Hall of Sermon label which was to release all three of their albums. Each one of their 3 albums is a concept album. The first "Komodia" (1997) is based on Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. The second, "Masqurade" (1999) is based on The Phantom Of The Opera and the third entitled "The Game" (2000) is a concept they developed about the game of life.

While the band itself is mad up of talented musicians, the standout in this band is the remarkable vocalist Sandra Schleret. She has a beautiful voice and knows how to maneuver to create the right effect. On the first album, "Komodia", she is joined by another female vocalist Martina Hornbacher (from Korova and Alas). Together they give this album another quality aspect beyond its sophisticated compositions and concept.

Their compositions, while relying on common metal ground, is sophisticated and beyond the regular and banal metal sound. With each release they progressed and developed the complexity of their sound and songs. However, all three of their albums is recommended for prog-metal fans and also for those who want to listen to prog-metal and are deterred by the harshness of other prog-metal bands. Here the listener will find both heaviness and softness within even one song alone. They do not play the same chords over and over, but keep on looking for ways to develop their songs and by this make them less predictable and interesting to listen to as well as enjoying.

After "The game" was released in 2000, the band went through some unstable times in which some lineup changes were made and even though work on the following album began the band disbanded in July 2002.

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Discography:
Komödia full-length (Hall of Sermon 1997)
Masquerade full-length (Hall of Sermon 1999)
The Game full-length (Hall of Sermon 2000)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Komodia
1997
3.43 | 4 ratings
Masquerade
1999
3.13 | 7 ratings
The Game
2000

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Demo '94
1994

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 The Game by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.13 | 7 ratings

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The Game
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The final album from this rather underrated band. A band that drowned in the masses of female fronted goth metal bands at that time.

In the still prolific vocalist Sandra Schleret, they had a brilliant vocalist. No wonder she is a solo artist now. The music is fitted in behind her voice. The music is a blend of neo classical music and goth metal. Plenty of beautiful progressive goth rock can be found on this album. In a song like The Beginning That Lies, they also had an ace up their sleeve.

The result is a good album. Besides of The Beginning That Lies, there is no real great songs. But there are no real weak songs here either. I am by no means a fan of goth metal. But this album is an exception from my disdain of this genre.

3 stars

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 Demo '94 by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
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Demo '94
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
2 stars Well, a demo is a demo. Back in 1994, that meant recorded in a dingy cellar or a low budget studio with a pretty muddy sound as a result. The demo was meant to showcase the potential of a band or a recording.

This demo has this muddy demo sound which showcases the potential of a band. They got themselves a record deal on the back of this. Even I was sniffing around them at that time. That's why I got this demo tape.

The music here is gothic metal with some female vocals as the main asset. The music is not hard and it is not particular exciting either.... in 2011 that is. Back in 1994, it was pretty exciting. References are Nightwish and Theatre Of Tragedy. The sound is bad and the music is not particular good. Hence, you can survive without this demo tape in your house. Buy a box of Mars bars instead.

2 stars

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 The Game by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.13 | 7 ratings

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Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Valarius

4 stars I first came across this band thanks to Progarchives.com, and instantly fell in love with the song 'The Beginning That Lies'. As a result I rushed out to get the album 'The Game' (which proved trickier than I thought, but I got there eventually).

Dreams of Sanity further prove my theory that any band with the word 'dream' in their name is instantly amazing. They have the exact element that makes up one of my favourite sounds in music: heavy, grooving guitar riffs with melodic keyboards.

Whilst I'm not a huge fan of female vocals, I find that vocalist Sandra Schleret's voice really does go well with the music, and this could probably be my first steps towards opening up to female singers in Metal.

Another great thing about this album is that, as a guitarist, I find these songs really fun to play. They sound great but unlike a band such as Dream Theater, there won't be hours and hours dedicated to impossible solos and musical arrangements, some personal favourites being 'The Beginning That Lies', 'And So (I Walk On)' and 'We.II.Sea'. And sonically, the music sounds GREAT! The production is simply perfect on this album, with every musician given great care and dedication, it's so hard not to enjoy this.

Amazing album by a hugely underrated band, I'm really glad I stumbled upon this.

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 Masquerade by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.43 | 4 ratings

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Masquerade
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars One of the few symphonic goth metal albums worthy any attention.

I am neither a fan of overblown symphonic goth metal or it's leading band Nightwish. Actually, I cannot stand their Nightwish and their music. But Masquerade is an entirely different entity again.

The music is loosely based on the Phantom Of The Opera musical, I believe. This album's version of the well known song Phantom Of The Opera is superb and the best song on this album. But there is also a lot of other snacks here. The title track is around 30 minutes long and split into five parts. The longest being 10 minutes long. This is not a sparkling superb epic. But it is still rather good and I am not holding this song against them. This album trundles along in a mid pace with clear classical music leanings. It is still goth metal, though. But of the more light hearted sort.

Sandra Schleret's vocals is excellent throughout. Her vocals is rather understated and not as overstated and over the top as too many other female operatic vocalists. I have just learnt that she is still active in the scene (after the Dreams Of Sanity split in 2002) with her own website and even a fanclub. The rest of the instrumentation here is pretty generic goth metal and even metal. Chugging guitars and overstated synths. All the things I intensely dislike about goth metal.

But overall; this is a very good goth metal album. I am no fan of this genre. But this is an album also symphonic prog lovers will find highly enjoyable too. It is recommended.

3.25 stars

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 The Game by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.13 | 7 ratings

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The Game
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5

Dreams of sanity is an austrian prog metal band never quite manageing to crab all the attention of the listners with the 3 albums they release befor disbanding in 2001. After two almost unnoticed albums, conceptual ones , first about Dante Alighieri ("Divine Comedy") and second about Gaston Leraux ("The Phantom Of The Opera"), Dreams of sanity comes with a third album released in 2000 and named The game - released at fampus label Hall of seremon same year. So this album is again a concept one , the story of a human being -The creature - from cradle to the grave, a real intristing journey here, if besides lyrics the music is very good. Knowing this band since their second ne album, I don't know why I skip to make some review of their albums so far, seems that always something was more important then them. Now is the time, for their third album, who is to me their most progressive one, not a traditional progressive metal album in anyway, not another DT clone, the music is filled with excellent gothic metal moments, folky passages and very strong vocal arrangements,the amount of melody and melancholy is all over but together forming a great mixture with the progressive metal ones. The pieces has all balls, a thing that I like, the voice of Sandra Schleret is strong and fits very well in the bands sound, I've always been a fan of her voice together with Sabines from Edenbridge, even in places the two are quite diffrent in aproach, but good for sure. So, The game is a solid album, on same level with their second one, not better not weaker, all pieces are good with a plus on The Beginning That Lies and We.ll.sea, brilliant musicianship and very solid riffing and druming. I will give 3-3.5 for this album, while is a good one in every way I can't give more then a 3, 3 and a half, something is missing is the overall sound. Fans of The gathering, Mandylion era, Edenbridge for the more neoclassical prog metal phase, etc - Dreams of sanity is a good aqusition, for me was a pleasent listning this album.

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 The Game by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.13 | 7 ratings

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The Game
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars When I first heard The Game I had an uneasy feeling the band was falling apart, which, sadly was really happening. It is a shame, for they were very promising and had evolved a lot since their debut. The second, Masquerade, is a near masterpiece of prog metal. For the third they tried to expand the formula without repeating themselves. This was partialy successful, although some of the group´s tighness is somewhat lost in the process. Certainly Sandra Schleret is a very unique and strong singer, with a fine classical trained voice that sounds like no one else. I also loved Frederic Heil´s keyboards playing: he gave the band much of its symphonic sound. The rest of the band were not far behind, they were all skilled musicians.

Unfortunatly neither the songwriting nor the overall playing is as inspired and strong as on Masquerade. Still, the CD is very well recorded and has some good cuts. Even at this turbulent stage they could outdo most of prog metal bands in terms of quality. Production is quite superior to those of previous effords also. If you liked Masquerade you´ll probably enjoy this one too. If you´re new to the band I suggest you start with Masquerade. 3,5 stars.

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 Masquerade by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.43 | 4 ratings

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Masquerade
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Excellent second efford by this Austrian band (which, by the way, never got the recognition they deserved). their version of The Phantom Of The Opera is the best I ever heard: great vocals by Sandra Schleret and Tilo Wolf (guesting from Lacrimosa), fine arrangement and total respect for the original version. This track beats Nightwish´s version easily (and I´m a huge fan of Nightwish!). The band is in fine form and I specially love Frederic Heil´s lush keyboards. The guy is simply amazing for his prowness and tasteful symphonic arrangements. Masquerade part 1 is another highlight with all band members delivering a stunning perfomance (again I should point Heil´s outstanding keyboard work, his piano solo in the middle section is absolute amazing in its simplicity and beauty).

It is only a pity that this fine group could not hold a stable line up. If they stayed together for a few more releases I´m sure they would be as big as any other prog metal legend. Schleret is a very underrated singer, with an fantastic operatic voice that works very well in other styles. Guitars, bass and drums are all well balanced and produce a wall of sound that scapes from most power metal cliches. Masquerade is a great leap forward when compared to their first (and good) release. they simply never sounded better, original and convincing. The production could be a tad better, but it is good anyway, and there are no fillers. all songs are varied and interesting, though I think some parts are better than others, as usual. And, to wrap up it all, the cover is simply beautiful.

Masquerade is the kind of CD that will please many different kinds of listeners: metal, prog, goth, etc. It´s simply a great piece fo music, hard to label, but easy to love it. 4,5 stars.

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The Game
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars 3+ stars.

One can easily notice how the band was PROGRESSING - from average half-Power- Metal debut effort through LACRIMOSA-like second album to "The Game", which is their PROGGIEST attempt and sadly their last one. Again melodical and heavily orchestrated, with enjoyable female vocals and elements of Folk and Gothic music (usual ones ofr that kind of music ), DREAMS OF SANITY's stuff never gets boring - it may become a background for a few minutes, but then they manage to grab back your attention. Terribly overlooked and underrated band - they deserve more attention especially among Prog-Metal-Heads. I would love to see them reunite - they would be even more interesting now, I think. Thanks Avestin for addition , by the way

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 Masquerade by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Masquerade
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars Holy God, who is singing?!!!

The god-like TILO WOLFF from LACRIMOSA!!! He recites the male role in "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" song (originally taken from Webber's opera surely), and this automatically gives the album 3 stars!!! Just kidding here...Really, this one is better than the previous one (mainly due to the grown amount of memorable melodies) - Tilo helped his Swiss friends not only in this song, his hand is felt through the rest of the album (it is also released through his label HALL OF SERMON). "Masquerade" is created in the same way as "Komodia" - unfrequent tempo changes,emotional female singing, lush orchestration...Imagine LACRIMOSA grown a bit more proggier but less melodical - you'll get DREAMS OF SANITY. Definetely not a Must-Have unless you're not a LACRIMOSA fan. I am (in the same time I ain't Prog Metal fan in general)...so I have this one and the other ones too. Good band after all - while Tilo went experimentating with electronical stuff, I'd rather prefer him doing things like DoS did. I'd wish them to reunite really.

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 Komodia by DREAMS OF SANITY album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Komodia
Dreams Of Sanity Progressive Metal

Review by Prog-jester
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— First review of this album —
2 stars I got this one by 0.50$ , mainly because this awesome cover. I ain't Prog-Metal fan, besides this record is terribly close to Power Metal - the genre I dislike. Nevertheless, it has some good songs like"The Prophet" , "Dream"/"Meeting" parts of KOMODIA epic and some other enjoyable moments. Complex metal, well-played/arranged/recorded , reminding sometimes of Gothic LACRIMOSA band (which I like very much though they're NOT Prog) mainly due to emotional female vocals (but not that much melodically gifted as LACRIMOSA). Very good collector's stuff for Prog-Metal devotees, but definetely non-essential for other Prog fans.

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