DREAMSCAPE - End Of Silence

Dreamscape - End Of Silence

9 songs
72:28 minutes
***** ****


Dreamscape are Germany's hottest insider tip when it comes to progressive metal, probably to their own misfortune, as End Of Silence is already their third album, with their third vocalist! After reading their biography, I got the impression of a band always trying really hard but then failing anyway. I haven't heard their past CDs, but what they deliver on their new one is top quality. Dreamscape play melodic progressive metal, in a way where the three aspects are treated in an equal way. Although all (except one) songs are really long, they have recognisable melodies that are carried by Roland Stoll's strong vocals. The rhythm section plays a lot of really complicated time signatures, but they never use it as an end in itself, but rather as a way to make the melodies work even better. The production, done by keyboarded Jan Vacik, puts of course a lot of emphasis on the synth work, but leaves enough breathing room for the guitars to make the music sound real metal.

The album starts with Clockwork, a true tour de force showing how you can play contemporary progressive metal. Heartpiece of the album is the 21-minutes masterpiece The End Of Light, which starts with an orchestral part reminding of Danny Elfman's soundtrack works, before the band takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the many different faces of progressive music. This magnum opus is followed by the album's shortest song All I Need, the only ballad and only song below four minutes, but with such a haunting melody that it's set apart from most band's standard love song ballads.

With more than 70 minutes playing time, End Of Silence is a very ambitious piece of art. The music works great all of the time, although I have to criticise the too obvious parallels to Dream Theater. Fortunately Dreamscape (even the band names are similar) have a thorough understanding of songwriting and compose their songs in a very self-confident way, which makes their music similar to Dream Theater's, but never worse or a mere clone. This is a great if a little bit unoriginal album that deserves to be listened to by every self-respecting prog fan.

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