Centra Online
http://centraproduction.connect.to/
Here is a perfect example of a progressive metal band, this is more like what I would expect from a Russian band, Nordream played a strange concoction of musical styles, the music is mixture between progressive metal, and little bit doomy touches of Amorphis style, I instantly like this CD from start to finish, so not exactly the most original piece of music you'll never heard before but these guys just tried new genre performance, all of the great atmosphere and effect are created by guitars and keyboard, there are clear male vocal combined little bit female vocal that alternate throughout. This one of those album that musicians will appreciate as the talent on these debut is of a very high standard, the musicianship is classy and the ballsy production tops everything off nicely, making this a worthy addition & highly recommended to any progressive metal fans!!!

1340 Magazine
http://www.1340mag.com/
Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Savatage, Helloween, and NorDream: The cream of the crop. Don't I think it's a little early to put these guys up there with the best? No way! NorDream has created a great CD in "Memories Progression" - it's intelligent, it's fast paced, it keeps your attention, it sounds great! The album kicks off with my favorite track, "Memories of Hope" which reminds me of Dream Theater's "Pull Me Under" in a way. The CD combines smooth, sung vocals with aggressive, chunky guitars and lots of piano. I also here a lot of early Yes here, as a matter of fact if Yes had big guitars they could have easily sounded like this. The lyrics here are quite thought provoking and well written, thinking mans metal type, reminds me of King's X style lyrics (although they have nothing in common musically really). The layout in the booklet is quite intriguing also with different lyrical "snippet" place throughout it (the lyrics are also included here). The words that lay under the CD totally describe what the CD feels like to me, so I'll leave you with what it says and you can go run out and find this CD, it's worth every penny of whatever it costs you! "Finally 'all that I feel is HONOR and SPITE all I can do is SET IT RIGHT' Kevin Moore"
Album Grade - A
Cover Art Grade - B

Music Extreme
http://www.musicextreme.com/
Spectacular band of progressive metal from Russia! This band conmsists in four musicians that are helped in this release by a male and a female vocalist that really seem to be part of the band (the male vocalist brought shades of In the Woods…to my mind). The musicianship is really complex and the instruments that surprised me most were the guitar and the keyboards part (there are parts that are so beautiful...): This people know how to compose epic songs with lots of parts and changes. Lyrically the album is very poetic ( it seems that they have worked hard in that aspect too). My favorite tracks: "Vaguest Dreams", "Forcefed Memories" and "Memories - a Heaven in Hell's Despair".

Dutch Progressive Rock Pages
http://www.durp.com/
NORDREAM are a progmetal formation coming from Russia. For this release they have gathered some of their friends (members of ENDZONE and SPECTER) to record a damn fine heavy progmetal album. NORDREAM's music is at a high level and can cope with european or US progmetal quite easily. During the 42 minutes NORDREAM are balanced, epic, heavy, neoprogressive, complex, groovy, melodic, progmetallic, symphonic, straight and varied ... coming in very good sound quality. "Memories progression" is an album that has to be found in every progmetal collection. Fans of melodic powermetal 7 points

Rock 4 Ever
http://rock4ever.de/
Auf dem Album dieser Band findet man reinen Metal, einfache Rocksongs und eine Menge progressive Elemente. Die neuen Songs gehen fließend ineinander uber und wurden geschickt zu einem großen Monumentalwerk verarbeitet. Der Sound ist sehr abwechslungsreich gehalten. Eine Mischung aus Savatage, Dream Theater und Yes beschreibt die Musik von Specter wohl am besten. Dieses Album gefallt am besten, wenn man in Ruhe mit dem Kopfhorer in die Songs hineinhort und immer aufs Neue viele Kleinigkeiten in den einzelnen Songs entdeckt. Auch hier gilt: Ein Album auf sehr hohem musikalischen Niveau.

Metal Gospel
http://www.metalgospel.com/
First Impression: DREAM THEATER influence... especially in the keyboarding. This band is good, there's no denying that. It's fantastic to see younger musicians who are talented enough to take the influence of the older bands and breath some new life into it (goodness knows some of the older bands have lost their style somewhere underneath boring and mundane). The album is filled with excellent guitarwork (especially when it comes to some of the killer solos), tempo changes galore and melodious vocalizations. There's powerful progression within these 9 tracks featuring all out riffing, guitar wanking and simply beautiful, flowing piano pieces. I'm reminded so much of Kevin Moore's keyboard/piano playing here. Definitely pick this up if you are a DREAM THEATER nut or if you are simply a progressive metal freak.

Electric Basement
http://www.electricbasement.com/
NORDREAM is another progressive metal outfit from Valiant. This time around, we get a layered, cinematic exploration of vast keyboards and often elegant, yet rushing music. Somewhere between classical music and popular music experimentation we get a track like "Piercing Time Memories", an equally challenging and catchy work. The keys, the most flexible instrument on the disc, dance about and then drive forth, depending on the task at hand. Very nice. The music might be described as Dream Theater meets Fates Warning meets, on occasion, power metal. One major stand out quality of the band is their capacity to innovate within the song structure itself. There is an easy of movement between changes and rarely an off putting scenario. Still, there could be more variety between tracks. While each is solid and worthy of the album, their complexity sees the band revisiting territory too often. It would be interesting to what would happen 9 tracks were condensed into 6 or 7. A solid release nonetheless. - Brian Coles

Babylon Magazine
http://www.babylonmagazine.net/
In this upgrade there are ven three Cd from Russia, and this is one. Once more I say that we must approach these works with a good eye, because they come from countries with no particular metal tradition and recorded with not exactly excellent means. However, Nordream are well produced, and this is a point for them. They propose a metal with prog and power openings, mostly in the use of drumming, and with a classic piano usually well matched with the guitar. And I think this piano is a point of force of this band, because it is really personal and able to convey a disquieting atmosphere to the pieces. As usual I find the artwork to be quite ugly but, I repeat, this seems to have become typical of the works from the east. Moreover the songwriting is quite ambitious, seems like at leat one member has spent some years in conservatory, a non common structure can be seen in the composition of the pieces, and their performance is really precise. An interesting proposal and even if today not being British or American is a handicap, a day not far ahead it could become the point of reference for Russian Heavy Metal New Wave. Weel done guys, I hope to see you soon around in tour.
Response: 7 (Stradivarius)

Metal Judgement
http://www.metaljudgement.com/
Russian metal bands are far too often overlooked by the bulk of the metal community. The country boasts many bands that could surely be quite succesful if their music was heard on a larger scale and was readily available to the general public. Moscow's Nordream provide a perfect illustration of this point. Memories Progression is my first encounter with this talented band, and many of you (including myself) may not have heard of them before now. The music here is solid. Nordream specialize in classy, progressive metal with a prominent power metal edge. The sound is heavy and aggressive, with a bit of speed to it, but not to the point where it erupts and becomes too heavy to retain it's prog metal classification. The band does well to hold to their progressive sound while still allowing plenty of room for experimentation. Vocalist Oleg Alimov sings with a mix of clean vocals and speaking parts, and sometimes sounds very similar to Maynard from Tool. The lyrics are intelligent and insightful, though they may have lost something in the translation, which is understandable. The songwriting on Memories Progression is great as well, most notably heard in the nice interplay between crunchy, stop/start guitar and ethereal keyboard on "Piercing Time Memories" and high-speed picking and cool time changes on the opener, "Memories Of A Hope". Throughout the album, you get the feeling that Nordream are not just trying to outplay each other, as some progressive metal bands are prone to do, but instead are focusing on creating original sounding, high-quality songs.

The musical talent of the band is undeniable, but my favorite aspect of Nordream has to be the keyboard/piano playing of Julia Chistyakova. It's good to see keyboard as a full-fledged instrument rather than just an accent here and there. The keys are not forced into every song, and are by no means overwhelming, but every song benefits greatly from the fullness they provide. The intro to "Vaguest Dreams" is a great example of this, with its slow, eerie keyboard passage creating a truly mysterious atmosphere, which balances the rest of the song perfectly. There are also several instances, especially in "The 2 Beauties", where there is just piano with very sparse percussion or sound samples underneath, and this is equally effective.

Memories Progression is one of the finest albums I've heard come out of Russia in a long, long while. Perhaps THE best. I couldn't get much information on this band, and I'm not sure what lies ahead for Nordream, but, judging from this release, I would say with confidence that they have a bright future in the progressive metal arena, as long as they are heard. I am very interested to see what they come up with next.

Amboss Magazine
http://www.amboss-mag.de/
Als zu verspielt erweisen sich fur mich die 9 Stucke von NorDream, denn obwohl man der Musik eine uberdurchschnittliche Qualitat an mehreren Stellen nicht absprechen kann, finden sich zu viel Breaks in den Melodien und an sich ist mir die Musik zu langweilig. Die Stuclke wandern vom Hartegrad zwischen heavigen Passagen und rockigeren Gefilden mit Hang zum Crossover, wobei die hartere Seite aber von der Band bevorzugt wird. Die eingesetzten Keyboardlinien sorgen fur die Untermalung der Gitarrenbetonten Musik, die zudem einen leicht melancholischen Touch besitzt. Also, wie schon angedeutet, ist "memories progression" nicht wirklich mein Fall, aber Interessenten konnen sich ja mal auf http://listen.to/nordream umschauen. (eller)

Metal District
http://www.gfxpro.com/metal-district-php/
Entweder zu wenig Ideenreichtum oder ein Konzept?! Was mag hinter dem Wörtchen `Memories? in fast jedem Songtitel stehen? Ich schließe eher auf letzteres... Die Russen von NOrDREAM spielen groovigen, recht progressiv angehauchten Metal, der leider zu oft noch ein wenig unausgegoren erscheint. Die Songs wie zum Beispiel "Piercing Time Memories" sind zwar wirklich gut gelungen, doch fehlt es manchmal an packenden Momenten oder Instrumental wirklich beeindruckenden Parts.

Sicher, die Band beherrscht die Instrumente, aber Gefrickel wie bei Dream Theater, Symphony X oder Vanden Plas gibt es hier nicht. Es kommt alles ein wenig straighter, aber auch etwas unausgereift daher. Neben der Gitarrenarbeit dominiert vor allem die Keyboard-Untermalung, die mir aber manchmal ein wenig zu simpel erscheint, und die Stimme von Sänger Oleg Alimov. Diese trifft zwar nicht unbedingt meinen persönlichen Geschmack, jedoch muss das natürlich jeder für sich selbst entscheiden. Insgesamt gesehen bietet "Memories Progression" jedoch durchaus gute Unterhaltung...
7,5 (pw)

Metal Disorder
http://www.metaldisorder.com/
Valiant is one of the best power / progressive metal labels coming from Russia. Almost all of the bands they have under their arms are quite good. NOrDREAM is one more band that has to do with progressive metal. The guys are trying to combine classical music with popular element, combination that many times is quite catchy. In general now the music is progressive in the vein on Dream Theater & Fates Warning but with a more power metal edge. The sound is heavy and the melodies are being fast without unexpected bursts. Keyboards although may seem to be on the background and just following the songs, they are not. Keyboards are giving to the songs something special. The key melodies are just excellent, but don't be confused of course. The keyboards are not trying to star in the album. They are just adding something unique. The vocals on the other hand are weird. The singer is perfect for alternative bands (i.e. Nirvana, Shiver, Silverchair). He is good but not according to the progressive state that wants singers to be with some specific standards.

Summarizing the album is good and it really worth for someone to listen to it. I am really weird for the future of the band. What they will be able to play as they seem to be very good musicians with inspiration. Something else I want to add here is the guitars in a many parts are reminding of the Greek Black Metal band Rotting Christ.

Reviewer: Pazuzu
Rating: 6.5

Metallum
http://server48.hypermart.net/metallum/
The russian metal scene has evolved rather quickly the last decade, at least in my ears. In the hordes of quality metal bands spawning out from Russia like Rakoth, Azeroth, Mental Home, Specter and Neotruth, comes NOrDREAM, showing us that Russia got some mighty good progressive inspired metal too. They're clearly drawing influences from Dream Theater's earlier albums like "Images & Words" and "Awake", just not as progressive. There's even songs on this album that has riffs that could fit a thrash metal release, which in my eyes suits this band better. They use a great deal of ethereal keyboards along with some really dark, yet catchy riffs. The reason I think less progressive songs fits this band better, is simply because they're not talented enough like a band such as Dream Theater. But talent doesn't always make good music, at least in my opinion. NOrDREAM plays pretty straight forward, though with some progressive tempo and riff changes along every song. And with the clever use of synth and good solos thrown in, this release is doomed to be a success in people looking for symphonic, yet somewhat dark heavy and progressive inspired metal.
8/10

http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/floyd/766/pages2001/nordream.html
A band from Moscow and I don't think that I have ever been so surprised or delighted for many a year by such an unexpected and magnificent album as this. No waffling needed here, just plain speaking. If your interest in music is on the heavier side of prog then this band and album are for you. This is actually better than last year's "Flight Of The Migrator" by the mighty Ayreon in that it is more consistent and melodic. What you have here is high quality prog that crosses with thrash style power chords into darker areas of heavy metal which give this concept a big but also melodic sound, check out track 8, "Memories - A Heaven In Hell's Despair" for a good example.

Dark piano is used to link a couple of tracks together and also mingles with the heavy elements making this whole concept a major piece of work. This album has good vocals which on one or two occasions could be described as sounding like maybe Dave Cousins singing heavy prog, if you can imagine that then you get the picture. This is breathtaking in its versatility and vision and is superbly mixed, produced, composed and played by all concerned. An album you can't dare to miss. All vocals are in English and with a rating of 100% it is a stonking major album of 2000. Grab this quick.

Metall Fanatix
http://members.fortunecity.com/metaljeff/home.html
An album filled of epic songs and intriguing instrumentals, Nordream, definitely knows how to write songs to perfection. If you combine Dream Theater, Iced Earth, and a tad of Stratovarius, Anathema, and Amorphis you would begin to understand what this band can do. Some of their songs have that sound that anyone can get into. Songs like "Memories Of A Hope," "Memories I Love," and "Forcefed Memories" are well written songs from the music to lyrics. The last three songs on this CD are basically instrumentals. "Ugly Face," "Memories - A Heaven In Hell's Despair," and "Hvost Memories" are composed in such a way that I think I may like them more then the songs with lyrics. Nordream has gained my respect throughout while I listened to "Memories Progression." The nine tracks on this CD may be one of the most dimensional CDs I have heard in a while. Forty-three minutes of music will inspire you in whatever you are doing while listening to this album. I definitely recommend this CD to anyone into Progressive, Thrash, Powermetal, Death Metal and Hard Rock.

Rating: 90

http://home.soneraplaza.nl/
This is the first time I've ever heard a Russian metal album, and I wanted to tell you some usefull things about this band, but their website is obviously guarded by ex-KGB memebers, for I didn't get anywere. Let's talk about the music then. Well, it reminded me of the older stuff from bands like Dream Theater and Fates Warning, symphonic inspired stuff, and not bad at all. I had to get used to the singer though, for he sings quite monotonous, but after a few spins it isn't annoying anymore. The album lasts for 44 minutes and has nine tracks, including three instrumental ones. The prodcution is good (never extected that from a Russian product), and I dare to say that this album is a must have in this genre, listen for example to the fast track "Memories I love", or the melodic "Memories Of A Hope".

Rating : 8 (Tim)

Vae Solis
http://www.rusmetal.ru/vae_solis/
As far as I recall, I nearly dragged their promo tape into shit whilst reviewing it, and what the hell is that, I fell in love with this CD! Actually, it's the same material as their promo came with, although it sounds somehow different. Don't really know if I'm capable of explaining such a metamorphosis when it comes to my opinion on the NORDREAM's works, so let's just skip this subject. "Memories Progression" is comprised of nine tracks of what could be barely described as metal fusion, kinda cross between dark wave, doom and heavy metal, undoubtedly original and somewhat even innovative. At least, one would never confuse this band with anyone else. Slightly spiced with synth lines sown throughout the album, "Memories Progression" appears as incredibly versatile work, for no tune makes your bored. The sound execution is no less brilliant as the whole musical canvas, and so does the musicianship. This CD didn't get the highest mark due to one and only reason: vocals. Unfortunately, Oleg Alimov (ENS COGITANS / OVERSUN) didn't succeed in elaborating his vocal skills, and while both "Re-Vision" by ENS COGITANS and the latest effort brought forth the light by OVERSUN, featured pretty enjoyable singing, this one doesn't. Nevertheless, it's not really a drawback, more likely an issue to be improved. I bet, these guys have a bright future ahead...

rating: 5,5 of 6

Music Emissions
http://www.musicemissions.com/
As far as I recall, I nearly dragged their promo tape into shit whilst reviewing it, and what the hell is that, I fell in love with this CD! Actually, it's the same material as their promo came with, although it sounds somehow different. Don't really know if I'm capable of explaining such a metamorphosis when it comes to my opinion on the NORDREAM's works, so let's just skip this subject. "Memories Progression" is comprised of nine tracks of what could be barely described as metal fusion, kinda cross between dark wave, doom and heavy metal, undoubtedly original and somewhat even innovative. At least, one would never confuse this band with anyone else. Slightly spiced with synth lines sown throughout the album, "Memories Progression" appears as incredibly versatile work, for no tune makes your bored. The sound execution is no less brilliant as the whole musical canvas, and so does the musicianship. This CD didn't get the highest mark due to one and only reason: vocals. Unfortunately, Oleg Alimov (ENS COGITANS / OVERSUN) didn't succeed in elaborating his vocal skills, and while both "Re-Vision" by ENS COGITANS and the latest effort brought forth the light by OVERSUN, featured pretty enjoyable singing, this one doesn't. Nevertheless, it's not really a drawback, more likely an issue to be improved. I bet, these guys have a bright future ahead...

rating: 5,5 of 6