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4.08 | 63 ratings

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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.

Progrussia | 5/5 |


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