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
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