The Dreamside
Lunar Nature
Style: Goth/Alternative
Release date: December 4th 2009

Despite the fact the promotional material cites Dutch The Dreamside as one of the leading Goth bands, I have to say that I'm not overly impressed by this their ninth full-length.

From the outset, I have an issue with singer Kemiís voice. The very first tones to come out of her in the disastrous first track Everlasting sound flat and off key in a way that makes her sound like the singer in a high school band. Not a good way to start.

This improves with second track Silently Awake, but the vocal effort throughout the album is definitely of varying quality. The best results are actually reached when Kemiís voice is mixed with the male guest vocals that appear on ĎLunar Natureí.

When sheís at her best, Kemiís voice sounds either a bit like Anneke Van Giersbergen or Kirsten from the now defunct Bloodflowerz.

There are a few fine songs on here. Tunes like Carry On and In Longing have their effect, but on the whole, this album doesnít live up to the standards of the alternative Goth rock thatís out there these days.

Next, please.


01. Everlasting
02. Silently Awake
03. When Stars Fall
04. Higher Ground
05. Sticks and Stones
06. Carry On
07. Lunar Nature
08. Hush
09. In Longing
10. Sternenkind
11. Serpents Kiss
12. Seeds of Pain
13. Willing to Learn
14. Unspoken
15. Vlindertje

Label: Lion Music
Distribution: Border Music Distribution AB
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: December 19th 2009