ALBUM HIMMELPFORTEN RELEASE: FEBRUARY
11, 2002 REVIEW: MARCH 4, 2002
sincerely wish Jens Gräbedünkel and Daniel Trautwein in Carnival
of Dreams would have had the German vocals throughout all of "Labyrinth".
Not that they make fools of themselves in the tracks sung in English,
in fact, they do that better than many other German bands. But the German
vocal tracks are significantly better.
The single "Dreidimensional" is on the album, and the elements
of this particular track show what the trio does best. Beat driven, moody
electropop through a shimmer of sadness and pompousness with a gothic
touch and several memorable choruses.
"Labyrinth" is an album with few fiascos, but it also lacks
masterpieces. The male vocals deserve an extra plus, though, due to the
high degree of emotional expression, as does the beautiful female voice
of Susanne Adler (from Emergenz) that appears on some of the songs.
Carnival of Dreams is a solid band and "Labyrinth" mixes club
excursions, ballads, instrumentals and even a cover or two. The re-work
of F R David's "Words" is amusing, but nowhere near the original.
Still, "Labyrinth" holds enough good tracks to reach well above
the average electropop band.