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5th Season

by Dreamscape

An amazing blending of the most famous bands in progressive metal, this band successfully combines the sounds of Fates Warning, Queensryche and Dream Theater into one very pleasing package.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fed up with
5:31 album only
2. Boarderline
5:14 album only
3. 5th Season
14:37 album only
4. DeJa Vu
5:29 album only
5. Somebondy
4:30 album only
6. Phenomenon
7:50 album only
7. Different
7:12 album only
8. Point Zero
7:59 album only
9. Farewell
5:06 album only


Album Notes
Roland Stoll - Vocals
Wolfgang Kerinnis - Guitars
Jan Vacik - Keyboards
Benno Schmidtler - Bass
Michael Schwager - Drums

The 4th proper release by these notable German Prog Metal warriors can as well be a highlight for their career (so far). For those familiar with the band's previous effort, it should be stated that this specific album did offer a good chance of recognition - dunno if the band eventually got it - since it featured a great mix of the DREAM THEATER musicianship and the Northern Europe Prog Metal (e.g. PAGAN'S MIND) atmosphere. Now, in "5th Season" the band seems to be more mature but also more powerful.

The production is crystal clear plus the mix brings all instruments - vocals included - in equal presence in the foreground. The mathematical cover artwork is appropriate for this kinda style, preparing the listener for what's lurking inside. Meaning:

Fine melodic Progressive Metal you will get with "5th Season". Roland Stoll is a LaBrie clone, OK, but he - in a weird way - succeeds in not pleading guilty for his vocal abilities. He is high-pitched (but not irritating) while he uses his voice elegantly between straightforward and complex parts.

To extend, DREAMSCAPE's songwriting is rather complex, not mentioning the various tempo updates. It may take more than 5-6 auditions to start separating each track from the other in your mind, but from the very first time you'll listen to e.g. "Fed Up With", "Differenet" or "Phenomenon" you'll be trapped in the band's ability to merge heaviness and keyboard-driven virtuosity in one with limited sweat. The guitars, indeed, are rather heavy where needed plus the soloing is more than good. The keys, on the other hand, contradict for the main role, dominating slower parts (piano included).

With limited of technical knowledge for this specific genre, the review can as well wrap up here by proposing you occupy yourself with this impressive band; DREAMSCAPE have been around for nearly 15 years and - even this is only their 4th official studio release - I see a bright(er) future for them. Where complexity meets emotion, there stands "5th Season".

A priest's entrails.
Get wasted and puke all over it.
Underwear and sex toys.
CDs of your favorite Black Metal bands.
Up someone's ass with lights blinking.
Used needles and condoms from the nearest park.

Metal-Temple.com -Yiannis Mitsakos 4 of 5 stars

This is the 4th full release for the German progsters, 5th if you count 2005’s “Revoice” which was a rerecording of older material. The band was formed back in 1986 and is active in discography since 1996, but is still changing its line up, something that holds them back for sure.
“5th Season” doesn’t come as a shock to our ears since the capacities of DREAMSCAPE are generally known. The band moves in progressive paths based on melodies and guitar/keyoboards solos. They don’t overdo things as many peer bands do, on the contrary they know when to kill a composition and they have a serious effectiveness in presenting them, especially the 14 – minute – long homonymous song which is the cornerstone of the album. The compositions are well crafted, some are more interesting than others, yet the whole outcome doesn’t let you get bored mostly because of the magnificent melodic passages that come up out of nowhere just when you think you had enough of that song. This, as the whole sound of the band, owes something to the 90’s Dream Theater, so you know what you have to do with here. Some other references are Symphony X and Vanden Plas since the band knows how to maintain its heaviness without compromising in complexity and creativity.
Unfortunately, Roland Stoll (vocals), Benno Schmidtler (bass) and Jan Vacik (keyboards and production of “5th Season”) are departing from DREAMSCAPE’s classic line up that will continue with other members in the future. The main man Wolfgng Kerrinis is still there to continue the legacy and move the band one step forward. As for their present, “5th Season” is an accessible and full meal that can fulfill your progressive dreams.

Reviewer: Nikos Patelis



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