DreamShift – Seconds

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: STF Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.stf-records.de/
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]:https://dreamshift.bandcamp.com/album/seconds-2
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/DreamshiftOfficial/

Band Line-up:

Frank Riegler – Everything


1. Flowers
2.  Growing Up
3.  Everything
4.  Remember
5. Circles
6. Dark Blue
7. Bright Eyes
8. Just Like Rain


So what we have here folks, is one seriously talented dude. Our main man Frank handles, as the review clearly states, everything. That sort of dedication to the cause cannot go unrewarded, can it? I mean shit I can’t even tie my own shoelaces on a daily basis let alone pull a decent tune out of a guitar (and believe me I try), so for anyone to have this sort of talent I should just fucking hate them right?

Well maybe I should, but I don’t. What our fine friend Frank has delivered here is nothing short of exceptional. I can only liken the experience to having Devin Townsend take over the reigns at Pink Floyd for a week and decide he likes Black Metal instead of the usual stuff he does. That is not to be taken lightly because love him or loathe him, old mate, Devin is certainly one hell of a composer, as are our friends at Floyd. The Floyd references only go as far as the mood of  ‘The Wall’ by the way, no hippy shit here just so you are aware.

That then brings us back to Frank, who is also one hell of a composer. Although occasionally falling into the oh so familiar, this release showcases his ability to be able to change gears, change tempo, heck change your mood in a heartbeat. His voice possesses all the qualities of a Wraith that has been trapped in oblivion for all time and is now finally telling the living of its trials and tribulations. Equally haunting and beautiful, both darkness and light, misery and joy hand in hand.

Post – Rock, Atmospheric Black blah blah blah, I don’t usually give a hoot about what people label most things as it is intended only as a guide, and therefore can smother the artist in expectation. What you CAN expect from this album is Frank’s heart and soul being laid before you for all to see. A blackened heart it is, but a mighty one nonetheless. A soul that seems to have been around for so long that boundaries are a mere inconvenience, and for that, I salute him. Quality music at it’s finest. Great stuff indeed.

Review by The Great Mackintosh