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Dreamtide - 2001 Here Comes The Flood

ARTIST: Dreamtide
ALBUM: Here Comes The Flood
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Olaf Senkbeil - vocals * Helge Engelke - guitars, vocals * Torsten Luderwaldt - keyboards * Ole Hempelmann - bass * CC Behrens - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What You Believe In * 02 Ten Years Blind * 03 Come With Me * 04 Dreamers * 05 Crashed * 06 Your Life * 07 Moment Of Truth * 08 Sundance * 09 Heaven Knows * 10 Promised Land * 11 I Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders * 12 Cross The Line * 13 Phoenix Tears


The year 2000 saw the turning of the tide and the turning of fortunes for German melodic rock heroes Fair Warning. With the departure of singer Tommy Heart to a new and different project that was Soul Doctor, the remaining members decided to pull the plug. Since then, lead guitarist Helge Engelke has resurfaced with this new band Dreamtide, and for fans of Fair Warning and Zeno in particular, rest easy.. The legacy continues. His new lineup sees a handful of new faces. The impressive vocalist Olaf Senkbeil (Jacks Hammer, Blind Guardian) is an excellent merger of Jorn Lande (Millenium) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69), while ex Fair Warning members CC Behrens and Torsten Luderwaldt team up with Helge again. Hemplemann meanwhile, was an ex member of German rockers Thunderhead. Dreamtide as a concept mixes an Eastern mystical theme with North American Indian aspects. The images throughout the CD booklet show variations of feathers and dream-catchers, all revered in North American Indian culture. Obviously this is a path previously trodden by the brothers Roth (Zeno and Uli-Jon), and references to words like 'rainbow', 'phoenix', 'dreams' and 'heaven' interweave themselves throughout the lyrics, perhaps suggeasting this is Zeno Part 2. However the path isn't all crystal balls and light, instead intense melodic rock is the order of the day, fusing the tradition of past German acts with the new vision of Engelke's musical arrangements and songwriting skills. That fusion is Dreamtide.

The Songs
The album starts out with some cool synthesizer sweeps and cross-fades, introducing the mammoth sounding 'What You Believe In'. What a great way to announce the band. 'Ten Years Blind' is a blast of power rock featuring a classic seventies riff a la the aforementioned Uli-Jon Roth, while Senkbeil rattles off a snarly vocal similar to Lande. The Zeno like 'Come With Me' is a keyboard laced affair with killer bridge and chorus sections. Luderwaldt manages to gallop across the soundscape with his keyboard parps on this one. The ethereal 'Dreamers', initially melds ueillian pipes and an overall softer approach to precedings, the track reminiscent of 1986's debut Zeno material. Luderwaldt's synths get a severe workout on the impressive 'Crashed', synchronising with Helge's guitar parts well. 'Sundance' features some traditional North American Indian chanting, underneath some blistering melodic rock while the electrics are cut completely with 'Heaven Knows', a track featuring a string quartet of all things! 'I Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders' is highly melodic, and less intense than previous tracks - mid-paced, commercial sounding and very nice, while 'Cross The Line' is played in a similar vein.

In Summary
If many of you thought Fair Warning were an incredible band, then Dreamtide has the potential to surpass everything they ever did. For an album of twelve tracks (or thirteen, depending which copy you've got) there's a heap of great listening to be had, played by some classy musicians. Surely anything Helge Engelke gets involved in is worth an investment? Dreamtide are guaranteed to be a sure fire hit throughout Europe and Japan, the band are the logical progression of that classic Zeno sound continued into the 21st century. There's lots to like about them and I look forward to their next effort.. Absolutely.

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