Dreamtide - Here Comes The Flood

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Frontiers Records
Catalog Number: FRCD098
Format: CD
Total Time: 65:43:00

And here comes the flood... I say. Dreamtide are pretty much following the musical path of their predecessors! Indeed, three of the five members within this very band used to make a good living as musicians of Germany's finest hard rock act in later years... namely: Fair Warning.

I don't believe fans of FW will be all that disappointed with this release either, as guitarist/songwriter Helge Engelke (ex-Fair Warning) has managed to create a very powerful debut album here. It's maybe even more diverse than later FW albums and you could also say that Dreamtide walks the borderline of melodic hard rock and (very soft) power metal. There's no doubt about it as from where these guys hail from either as the music is very German sounding indeed. Apart from the obvious comparison, I could also hear similarities to: Axxis, Royal Hunt, Zeno or why not Blind Guardian goes AOR? Vocalist Olaf Senkbell (ex-Jack's Hammer) has actually done a number of background parts for Blind Guardian. Add that Engelke is one of better "new" guitarists out there and a brilliant songwriter. The CD is simply filled with catchy hooks, big choruses and lovely keys by Torsten Luderwald (ex-Fair Warning)

Songs like the lovely opener "What You Believe In," the powerful "Ten Years Blind," "Come With Me" and "Crashed" are all marvellous, and there are many more where these came from. Nevermind that "Your Life" had me actually fooled, believing this to be some weird kind of version of "All The Young Dudes" at first. Not one of the highlights on this CD, but overall is this a fantastic debut album. Recommended indeed!

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
What You Believe In / Ten Years / Blind / Come With Me / Dreamers / Crashed / Your Life / Moment Of Truth / Sundance / Heaven Knows / Promised Land / I Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders / Cross The Line / Phoenix Tears

Olaf Senkbeil - vocals
Helge Engelke - guitar, backing vocals
Torsten Luderwaldt - keyboards
Ole Hempelmann - bass
CC Behrens - drums

Here Comes The Flood (2001)
Dreams For The Daring (2003)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin DE

Added: December 18th 2004
Reviewer: Urban Wally Walstrom
Artist website: www.dreamtide.de
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Language: english


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