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Fables & Dreams [Extra tracks]

Lunatica Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B00069JA4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams Do Come True 8 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is truely amazing! Totally spot on with the production, with music played with passion and meaning, also not a single note is out of place.
In my opinion the sound of this band is between Lacuna Coil mixed with Nightwish, how can they go wrong with a combination like that?
Fantastic female vocals that pull you in and then surround you, keeping you totally intranced in a 1 hour's ride through symphonic metal, absolutly brilliant!
Anyone who likes that kind of music this is a MUST BUY, and to those who have not heard of Lunatica BUY this album, I promise you will not be dissapointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fables and Dreams 26 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Fables and Dreams has a fantasy feel, the first track, The Search Goes On is a beautiful track, and, supringly for an intro, it is one of the best tracks of the album. The narrative on this track begins introduces the rest of the album as if it were an epic film, and thats exactly what it's like. Fables and dreams takes you on a journey through your own imagination. Many of the tracks have instrumental intermissions which invite the listener to add their own narrative.

Lunatica have a strong orchestral sound, particularly concentrated on the brass and wind sections. The Singer, Andrea, adopts a standard rock style singing, but she has a beautiful voice and a lovely accent.

Two of the tracks include male vocals: Fable of Dreams, a powerful album defining ballad, and the Siren, which is the only bad track of the album.

Lunatica are an accessable band, and will especially appeal to fans of Nightwish (although they have very different sounds).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glittering Gem 8 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I can wholeheartedly recommend this one! Once you've got used to the somewhat germanic accent of the male opening commentary (?) this CD really rocks big time! An angelic female voice (wow, really!), strong'n'heavy guitars plus prominent synths all combine to take you on a 1hr-journey full of everything Symphonic Rock lovers yearn for. Nightwish lovers have been waiting for something like this for years and now they finally get it - a hot delivery from snowy Switzerland! My personal highlights are the ballads but they wouldn't work without the preceding faster tracks. All in all, this CD is an entity; something you either listen to as a whole or not at all. All respect for this! Oh, and to the dear reader: BUY IT! LISTEN TO IT! AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN! ETC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Epic 8 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'll have to admit, the first time I heard this album, I wasn't impressed. It was too different. However, after listening to it several times, now, I think it is an excellent piece of work. I thoroughly enjoy the fantasy themes and the brilliant mix of the orchestral and metal. It's a brilliant album! For anyone who likes Lunatica or even Nightwish, you will love this album. Buy it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A band to watch for in a couple of years 19 Oct 2004
By W87 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, i do not know a whole lot about the 'symphonic metal' scene, although i am a big fan of Nightwish. As a result, i shall draw a couple of comparisons between the bands. Firstly, Lunatica has a far better drummer - far better than the over the top, Helloween style of Nightwish. The music too is in fact more sophisticated than the Finn's, though less 'full on'. The songs don't always flow freely, although after a few listens one gets used to it.

I'm sure no one listens to this type of music for the lyrics - Lunatica's are total fluff, even by the genre's standards.

A big bonus is the vocals - although nowhere near as strong as the singer from Nighwish, she is excellent, and the varying effects that are occasionally applied to her voice work extremely well (I guess you could compare her to the evanesence singer, though i actually prefer Lunatica's).

Of the 10 tracks, the first is a rather lacklustre and fluffy intro, but the album picks up immediately after, with Avalon, (one of my favourites). All the remaining tracks are delivered at a cracking pace, bar the title track, which i found plodded along with an overly pretentious male vocal track to back it up.

Fables and Dreams does not have a great deal of longetivity, and the band still needs some refinement. I pray that they stay closer to the gothic scene than the fluffier side of this type of music - more tough guitar riffs would contrast well with the vocals. This album is thoroughly enjoyable and Lunatica can only go up from here
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Symphonic Metal in the style of Nightwish 22 Jan 2006
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I want to find this CD, I know exactly where to find it; in my five disc, CD player. While other CDs in my player have come and gone, Lunatica has occupied the coveted number one disc position for at least two months.

Honestly, there isn't anything particularly outstanding about this Swiss Symphonic, Femme Metal sextet or there music for that matter. Their attraction, for me at least, seems to be that their music is just so pleasant to listen too. In fact the opening song, "The search goes on," bears a remarkable resemblance to the opening theme song from The Fellowship of the Rings and the last song, "A little moment of desperation" reminds me of Blackmore's Night's "Fires at Midnight."

I'm not accusing Lunatica of plagiarism. I'm sure at least the melody for "Fire at Midnight" and probably the theme from The Fellowship of the Rings has been floating around Europe for hundreds of years. What I am accusing Lunatica of is poor judgment in their choice for a band name. Maybe it means something else in whichever of the three languages they speak in Switzerland but still the lyrics are in English so you'd think they'd come up with a catchy name that didn't make them sound like a group of lunatics. Seriously, with the name Lunatica, wouldn't you suspect it was a Death Metal Band. Well, they could,'t be farther from Death Metal.

Speaking of Blackmore's Night, Lunitica's excellent lead singer, Andrea sounds a little like Blackmore's Night, his wife, Candice Night that is. If you have heard Candice, you know that is a big plus. Another big plus is these guys sound an awful lot like Nightwish, sans Tarja, which happens to be the way Nightwish is now. Honestly, I'm not particularly sorry to see Tarja go. Her vocals were a tad too stiff and formal, too operatic for me.

Conclusion

As I mentioned, Lunatica's music is similar to Nightwish. It's also a lot like Visions of Atlantis, who I've compared to Nightwish. Coincidently Lunatica's debut album was simply titled Atlantis and this follow-up is a concept album of the continuing story of, you guessed it - Atlantis. I guess Atlantis is big in this genre.

Now if you're wondering, other than comparisons to other bands what Lunatica sounds like, I will try to tell you. The music is highly melodic and structured. It's hard to tell in this day and age of layering but many of the songs if not all are backed by an orchestra. The leadoff song, "The search goes on"starts with one of the male band members reciting a dialogue, telling the story while an orchestral intro continues in the background which morphs into a grandiose finish leading into an uptempo version of the same melody, "Avalon"with Andrea at the mic.

All the songs except track one and track four are up tempo rock sounding. Track four, the title track is a ballad that was released in Europe as a single. Track six, "The Spell" is a little different because one of the men in the band keeps repeating - "I can't stop now, I'm losing my brain," while a dog barks. It's similar to what Evanescence and Lacuna Coil have done, Nightwish too, come to think of it but it's just different enough to be cute. The last track, while still a rock number, has a medieval folk feel to it. If Fables and Dreams has a weakness, it's that the recording is fairly homogenous. There isn't a lot of variety. Obviously, it doesn't bother me because it's still in my CD player but it would have been nice to have more variety. Best songs: "The Spell" and "Silent Scream." Final rating 4 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Symphonic Metal in the style of Nightwish 22 Jan 2006
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I want to find this CD, I know exactly where to find it; in my five disc, CD player. While other CDs in my player have come and gone, Lunatica has occupied the coveted number one disc position for at least two months.

Honestly, there isn't anything particularly outstanding about this Swiss Symphonic, Femme Metal sextet or there music for that matter. Their attraction, for me at least, seems to be that their music is just so pleasant to listen too. In fact the opening song, "The search goes on," bears a remarkable resemblance to the opening theme song from The Fellowship of the Rings and the last song, "A little moment of desperation" reminds me of Blackmore's Night's "Fires at Midnight."

I'm not accusing Lunatica of plagiarism. I'm sure at least the melody for "Fire at Midnight" and probably the theme from The Fellowship of the Rings has been floating around Europe for hundreds of years. What I am accusing Lunatica of is poor judgment in their choice for a band name. Maybe it means something else in whichever of the three languages they speak in Switzerland but still the lyrics are in English so you'd think they'd come up with a catchy name that didn't make them sound like a group of lunatics. Seriously, with the name Lunatica, wouldn't you suspect it was a Death Metal Band. Well, they could,'t be farther from Death Metal.

Speaking of Blackmore's Night, Lunitica's excellent lead singer, Andrea sounds a little like Blackmore's Night, his wife, Candice Night that is. If you have heard Candice, you know that is a big plus. Another big plus is these guys sound an awful lot like Nightwish, sans Tarja, which happens to be the way Nightwish is now. Honestly, I'm not particularly sorry to see Tarja go. Her vocals were a tad too stiff and formal, too operatic for me.

Conclusion

As I mentioned, Lunatica's music is similar to Nightwish. It's also a lot like Visions of Atlantis, who I've compared to Nightwish. Coincidently Lunatica's debut album was simply titled Atlantis and this follow-up is a concept album of the continuing story of, you guessed it - Atlantis. I guess Atlantis is big in this genre.

Now if you're wondering, other than comparisons to other bands what Lunatica sounds like, I will try to tell you. The music is highly melodic and structured. It's hard to tell in this day and age of layering but many of the songs if not all are backed by an orchestra. The leadoff song, "The search goes on"starts with one of the male band members reciting a dialogue, telling the story, while an orchestral intro continues in the background, morphing into a grandiose finish. This leads into an uptempo version of the same melody, "Avalon"with Andrea at the mic.

All the songs except track one and track four are up tempo rock sounding. Track four, the title track is a ballad that was released in Europe as a single. Track six, "The Spell" is a little different because one of the men in the band keeps repeating - "I can't stop now, I'm losing my brain," while a dog barks. It's similar to what Evanescence and Lacuna Coil have done, Nightwish too, come to think of it but it's just different enough to be cute. The last track, while still a rock number, has a medieval folk feel to it. If Fables and Dreams has a weakness, it's that the recording is fairly homogenous. There isn't a lot of variety. Obviously, it doesn't bother me because it's still in my CD player but it would have been nice to have more variety. Best songs: "The Spell" and "Silent Scream." Final rating 4 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 July 2005
By V. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album! I was hooked on it starting with the first song, which is a symphonic intro to the rest of the album. Andrea, the lead singer, sings the rest of the songs and her voice is gorgeous. On "The Spell" she gets vocal support from one of her band members. No grunts on this album. The music great, too, the way symphonic metal should be.

My favorites on this album are "Avalon", "Still Believe", and "A Little Moment of Desperation". Heck, I like them all, lol! I can't wait to get more from this band!! For a debut this is pristine! I would advise you to buy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Symphonic Metal in the style of Nightwish 22 Jan 2006
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I want to find this CD, I know exactly where to find it; in my five disc, CD player. While other CDs in my player have come and gone, Lunatica has occupied the coveted number one disc position for at least two months.

Honestly, there isn't anything particularly outstanding about this Swiss Symphonic, Femme Metal sextet or there music for that matter. Their attraction, for me at least, seems to be that their music is just so pleasant to listen too. In fact the opening song, "The search goes on," bears a remarkable resemblance to the opening theme song from The Fellowship of the Rings and the last song, "A little moment of desperation" reminds me of Blackmore's Night's "Fires at Midnight."

I'm not accusing Lunatica of plagiarism. I'm sure at least the melody for "Fire at Midnight" and probably the theme from The Fellowship of the Rings has been floating around Europe for hundreds of years. What I am accusing Lunatica of is poor judgment in their choice for a band name. Maybe it means something else in whichever of the three languages they speak in Switzerland but still the lyrics are in English so you'd think they'd come up with a catchy name that didn't make them sound like a group of lunatics. Seriously, with the name Lunatica, wouldn't you suspect it was a Death Metal Band. Well, they could,'t be farther from Death Metal.

Speaking of Blackmore's Night, Lunitica's excellent lead singer, Andrea sounds a little like Blackmore's Night, his wife, Candice Night that is. If you have heard Candice, you know that is a big plus. Another big plus is these guys sound an awful lot like Nightwish, sans Tarja, which happens to be the way Nightwish is now. Honestly, I'm not particularly sorry to see Tarja go. Her vocals were a tad too stiff and formal, too operatic for me.

Conclusion

As I mentioned, Lunatica's music is similar to Nightwish. It's also a lot like Visions of Atlantis, who I've compared to Nightwish. Coincidently Lunatica's debut album was simply titled Atlantis and this follow-up is a concept album of the continuing story of, you guessed it - Atlantis. I guess Atlantis is big in this genre.

Now if you're wondering, other than comparisons to other bands what Lunatica sounds like, I will try to tell you. The music is highly melodic and structured. It's hard to tell in this day and age of layering but many of the songs if not all are backed by an orchestra. The leadoff song, "The search goes on"starts with one of the male band members reciting a dialogue, telling the story, while an orchestral intro continues in the background, morphing into a grandiose finish. This leads into an uptempo version of the same melody, "Avalon"with Andrea at the mic.

All the songs except track one and track four are up tempo rock sounding. Track four, the title track is a ballad that was released in Europe as a single. Track six, "The Spell" is a little different because one of the men in the band keeps repeating - "I can't stop now, I'm losing my brain," while a dog barks. It's similar to what Evanescence and Lacuna Coil have done, Nightwish too, come to think of it but it's just different enough to be cute. The last track, while still a rock number, has a medieval folk feel to it. If Fables and Dreams has a weakness, it's that the recording is fairly homogenous. There isn't a lot of variety. Obviously, it doesn't bother me because it's still in my CD player but it would have been nice to have more variety. Best songs: "The Spell" and "Silent Scream." Final rating 4 stars

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