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(49 min, 'DreamTone')
Dreamtone is a quintet (vocals, guitars, keys, bass, drums), whose history dates from 2001. "Sojourn" is their first full-length CD. Stylistically their music can be defined as symphonic Prog-meets-power Metal. The program is conceptual, the impression being enforced by spoken parts with symphonic arrangements in the background. Some tracks follow one another without a pause between them. Concerning the material's musical quality on the whole, I have to notice its versatility and compositional diversity. The classical influences are evident not only in the instrumental parts, but also in the vocal ones. Above all I mean dialogues between different personages, taking place in most songs. The arrangements are tasteful and elegant; guitar and keyboard solos are highly technical throughout. Despite all the obvious virtues, however, there is one essential shortcoming in this program, which is the lack of original ideas. There are many groups playing in the same style. But the Turkish musicians are young, so I hope their best creations are yet to come.
Vitaly Menshikov: October 15, 2002
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