Dreams of Sanity - _Masquerade_
(Hall of Sermon, 1999)
by: Alex Cantwell (2 out of 10)
The most important thing that you need to know about this CD is that Dreams of Sanity has a female singer. Of course, that is not a bad thing immediately, but this one in particular is in a very chipper mood and is singing away happily over mid-paced European metal / hard rock with a lot of keyboards. The music would be enjoyable if not for this happy little bird singing the happiest of melodies about operas and masquerades over it. Forget this, man. I am open to a lot of different music, but this I cannot take. She's like Doro in a very happy mood, except I imagine this woman to look like your mom rather than a metal princess like Doro. She's like Anneke from The Gathering in a better mood than she is already in, but without the running shoes. One of the songs even has double bass, but even it cannot be saved from the pit of gayness that this CD descends further into with every track. Forget this! This one shall go into the circular file immediately. Oh, look at it fly!

(article published 7/7/1999)

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