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Review: Dreamtale - Refuge From Reality
Refuge From Reality

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: ?
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 8, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Refuge From Reality

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

I got this MCD in the mail a couple of days ago and I have to admit the more I listen to it the better it seems to get. Refuge from Reality is a self financed release and I think it will not be long before these guys are signed. I think this band would be a perfect fit for a label like AFM, which has gotten a very impressive roster of artists together.

This MCD has only four tracks but either way all four are quite impressive. It starts out with the title track "Refuge from Reality" which is your basic double bass power metal romp with excellent guitar work. Very melodic and catchy with a good sing along style chorus. Track 2 is "Fallen Star" which is another double bass heavy song but it slows down a little during the chorus, which gives it a really nice groove. Next up we have track 3, "Hearts Desire" which is the longest song on here clocking in at almost eight minutes. The song has a pretty cool keyboard intro that leads it into the song where you can truly hear the Stratovarius influences coming through quite heavily. I really liked all the tempo changes in this song, which made it much, more interesting than your basic power metal speed attack. Finally we come to the album closer titled "Where the Rainbow Ends". This song is my favorite of the four and the Gamma Ray influence shows up all through this song. Excellent guitar work with very catchy melodies and a great hook…. plain and simple a damn good song.

Now this isn't all sunshine and roses. There was one thing that kind of annoyed me and that is the vocals. Don't get me wrong the vocals are very good but Rami Keranen could really lighten up a little on the vibrato. This is a really minor complaint though as I really enjoyed this CD quite a bit. You can check out the CD yourself at which has all four of these tracks up for download or visiting the band's website at for info.

Overall I would say this would appeal to anyone into power metal from any of the upper echelon bands of the genre and I really look forward to seeing who this band signs with and hearing a full length album…hopefully sooner than later…:)

Track by Track

Refuge from Reality-7.5
Fallen Star-8
Heart's Desire-8.5
Where the Rainbow Ends-9

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