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Daydreamer - 2007 Daydreamer

ARTIST: Daydreamer
ALBUM: Daydreamer
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Jean Marc Viller - vocals * Peter Berger - guitars * Biagio Aeberhard - keyboards * Alain Schwaller - bass * Boris de Roche - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Am * 02 Guardian * 03 Secret Desire * 04 Dreamtale * 05 Paralyzed * 06 Hand In Hand * 07 Philosophy * 08 You Better Run * 09 I Won't Follow You * 10 Glass Prison * 11 Slaves Of Our Fantasy


WEBLINKS: www.daydreamer.ch

Following in the footsteps of fellow Swiss rockers Felony, Daydreamer have hooked up with British label Escape Music for the release of their debut. The band don't fit the typical roster line-up of Escape's prior signings, Daydreamer quite clearly coming at us with a prog metal disposition. You'd think these guys were another Swedish or Finnish proposition given their sound. Think of bands such as Cloudscape and Crystal Eyes, and this is where Daydreamer are pitching their material at. It's heavy, melodic, and a gazillion miles away from Switzerland's other famous rock export Gotthard. There are all too numerous moments of guitar dramatics, an array of interesting keyboard effects, plus some over-amped/distorted vocal parts from lead singer Jean-Marc Viller, who surely packs a punch in the vocal department, mostly with a rough edge similar to Terry Ilous from XYZ.

The Songs
Mostly the heavy approach is preempted with their song titles. Take for instance, the power metal session that is 'Paralysed' and Glass Prison'. You get no respite with the heavier than thou 'Guardian Angel' or the doomy sounding opener 'I Am'. To throw some light on the situation, the band dabble in power-ballad oriented material such as 'Secret Desire' and the impressive 'I Won't Follow You'. There is a lot of keyboard dabbling on 'You Better Run' but overall, the guitars kick in to balance out the load.

In Summary
'Daydreamer' has many good tracks, and musically, the arrangements are top-notch. The draw-back however are the vocal arrangements. I had a hard time getting used to Viller's style, plus the harmonies are a bit rough too, when compared to other bands in the genre. Unfortunately I feel the album is gonna get swamped by all the other excellent metal releases out there ,which is a shame. It's all well played for sure but nothing really grabbed me by the short n' curlies.. if you know what I mean.

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