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DREAMTIDE Dreams For The Daring
(Frontier Records) (2003)


After a long day at work I decided to make a cup of tea while listening to Dreamtide's second effort "Dreams for the Daring". I have to admit that this was the longest tea preparation I ever had to make, and the reason was lack of concentration. I could not take my mind away from what I was listening to, so I actually had to stop the CD in order to make my tea and then played it from the start!

Dreamtide's line up contains 3 ex-members of Fair Warning (Helge Hengelke: guitars, CC Behrens: drums & Torsten Luederwaldt: keyboards) bassist Ole Hempelmann (well known from his days in Thunderhead) and Vocalist Olaf Senkbeil who used to sing for Jack's Hammer and also did backing vocals for Blind Guardian.

The band from Hanover wanted to create a technically interesting album with catchy tunes, an album with memorable and solid songs. Not an easy task but the results were more than positive.

Olaf Senkbeil has a very good voice and really knows how to use it, a very smart keyboard and samples use by Torsten Luederwaldt who manages to create interesting and not over the top tunes.A solid rhythm section, really good backing vocals (important for this kind of music) and finally Helge Hengelke: The soul behind the band.

If you are a guitar player and you need lessons on how to impress someone without playing solos for 10 minutes, he is your man!

From the moment i heard the opening track "Dream Real" until the very last song my concentration was 100% on what i was listening. After the end of the first audition i just played the album from the start and then i realised that I could almost sing most of the songs!!!


Review by John Stefanis

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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