Dreamscape (band)

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Dreamscape
Origin München, Germany
Genres Progressive metal
Years active 1986–present
Labels Rising Sun Records
Connected Records
Massacre Records
Associated acts Koyaanisqatsy
Private Secret
Platitude
Website http://www.dreamscape.de/
Members Erik Blomkvist
Wolfgang Kerinnis
Ralf Watson Schwager
David Bertok
Danilo Batdorf
Past members see below

Dreamscape is a progressive metal band from Munich, Germany.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Dreamscape was founded by lead guitarist Wolfgang Kerinnis and rhythm guitarist Stefan Gassner in 1986. After numerous changes in the line-up, singer Tobi Zoltan, drummer Andreas Angerer and bassist Benno Schmidtler were hired to perform full-time with them. After very thorough preparations, they started performing live in 1992.

The Demos[edit]

After a few more line-up changes, they produced three demos in between 1993 and 1995: Dreamscape, Decisions and Changes.

Trance-like State[edit]

In 1996 the band recorded their first full-length album in their own studio, titled Trance-like State, and it was released through Rising Sun Records almost a year later in 1997.

In the wake of the CD production, the band decided that they needed a keyboardist as a permanent member, hiring Jan Vacik to fill the spot. Vacik's hiring caused a rift, and as a result three members left, one of them being founding member Gassner.

During the twelve months in between recording and releasing, the band had already created new songs but were delayed once more when lead vocalist Zoltan was asked to leave due to what was called 'lack of motivation'. Vocalist Hubi Meisel replaced Zoltan as vocalist.

Very and End of Silence[edit]

After a tour to support the first album, the band went back into the studio, and within a year they came out with their second album Very in 1999. Since then, there have been multiple line-up changes.

The band released their third album End of Silence in 2004, and a compilation album titled Revoiced in 2005.[1]

5th Season and Everlight[edit]

In 2007 the band released 5th Season and in 2008 they toured with Sieges Even, Circus Maximus, and Symphony X. After the tour Danilo Batdorf replaced Schwager as drummer.[2][3]

Also in 2008 Dreamscape and Lanfear had planned on performing concerts with each other, but their newly hired lead vocalist Mischa Mang left the band to concentrate more on another band named Ivanhoe, thus postponing the shows indefinitely.[4]

On 2 April 2009, the band announced that Erik Blomkvist, formerly of the band Platitude, would be their new lead vocalist, and was scheduled to appear on their new album[5] However, he soon stepped aside soon after production and recording started, due to unforeseen health problems.

Frank Marino, vocalist, journeyman guitarist and formerly leader of the legendary prog-rock band Mahogany Rush, signed on to complete the album, and was listed as the lead singer. Blomkvist donated vocals to at least one of the tracks on the album,[6][7] which they released in 2012, titled Everlight.

Line-up[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Francesco Marino – vocals
  • Erik Blomkvist – vocals
  • Wolfgang Kerinnis – guitars
  • Ralf Watson Schwager – bass
  • David Bertok – keyboards
  • Danilo Batdorf – drums

Former members[edit]

Vocalists[edit]

Rhythm guitarists[edit]

  • Stefan Gassner

Bassists[edit]

  • Benno Schmidtler
  • Christoh Gastl

Drummers[edit]

  • Thomas Hecht
  • Stefan Petzold
  • Bernhard Huber
  • Klaus Engel
  • Michael Schwager

Keyboardists[edit]

  • Jan Vacik

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]