Get to know more about Dream Map, our musical journey and the album through our new blog! We will take you a little further into our dreamscape with behind-the-music stories on all the album’s songs.
Up first is the story behind the first track of the album: ‘Black Horizon’, click the link below to read!
We love to hear your thoughts and questions, so please feel free to hit the comment section. Stay tuned for more 🙂
– Dream Map
To start off: thank you to everyone who is supporting and loving our new album, it means a lot to us!
Several people have mentioned they recognise our music from the past. We wish to make a statement regarding this, to prevent any further misunderstandings or false information.
It’s correct that the framework of the tracks on our new album find their origins with a previous band in Norbert’s career, called ‘Symphonic Destiny’. The band split up in 2016 due to personal differences and the members each went their own way from then on.
Norbert, owner of the band’s music, lyrics and compositions, went on to work on music by himself until he met Vivian a few years later. Both felt it would be such a loss to toss all those existing compositions in the bin, as they had the potential to become something great. They decided to combine their strengths as musicians and symphonic metal lovers to upcycle the tracks to reach that potential, resulting in their debut album ‘The Other Side’.
Norbert re-recorded the instruments that were used as the framework for the tracks, rewrote parts of his composition and added several new orchestral and choir parts to the tracks. In the meantime, Vivian wrote a fitting story for the album through new lyrics, using the concept of a ‘dreamscape’ as a guide. Both have worked very hard to make the album something amazing; something to be proud of.
We as Dream Map have made it a priority to breathe new life into compositions that would otherwise be forgotten and we sincerely hope old Symphonic Destiny fans will see and understand this choice.
To conclude: Please note that the previous band members are in no way impaired, as Norbert has the legal rights over all the compositions written in the time Symphonic Destiny was active. Everything used to create the new album was re-recorded by Norbert as well- no past recordings were implemented in the current songs.
We hope this statement answers any lingering questions, please reach out to us if there is anything we overlooked.
Norbert & Vivian
Dream Map is a symphonic metal project by an international musical duo from Hungary and the Netherlands, which has found its origins on the internet. The project was launched by Norbert Gobor, a music composer and multi-instrumentalist from Hungary.
Norbert Gobor is a film, tv and game music composer, with several credits on MTV, MTV2, VH1, Animal Planet, Discovery, Travel Channel and CNBC. His work includes credits for the MTV series ‘Fear Factor’, Animal Planet series ‘Amanda to the Rescue’, Travel Channel series ‘Ghost Bait’ and for CNBC’s American Greed: Deadly Rich TV series. Norbert is not just a composer, but also a sound engineer and a multi-instrumentalist (piano, synths, guitars, bass and drums).
In search of a singer and writer he approached Vivian Franken, a singer/songwriter from the Netherlands, who soon joined the project.
Vivian Franken started her music career as a cover artist in 2012. In 2017 she released her first original song, ‘For all of us’ under the pseudonym ‘Viv Shortie’. She continues to write under this name and mainly focuses her lyrics on societal topics. She believes that, since music is a universal language, this is the perfect gateway to educate people and raise awareness. Dream Map was a new and exciting challenge for her, one the singer took on with much enthusiasm.
The Dream Map duo started working on songs in late 2019 and after experimenting with composing and writing, plans were struck to work on their first album. Norbert and Vivian worked remotely on the album recordings! Their debut album ‘The Other Side’ is to be released on May 21, 2021. With story-like lyrics, a haunting voice and a clever combination of symphonic elements and heavy metal elements, Dream Map will take you on a magical journey through their carefully created dream land. Like in a true fairy-tale, the journey will not always be prosperous, but that makes it all the more exciting.
The Other Side
Release date: May 21, 2021
1. Black Horizon (lyrics)
2. Spark of Hope (lyrics)
3. Avalon (lyrics)
4. Escape from Darkness (lyrics)
5. Memories (lyrics)
6. The Prophecy (lyrics)
7. Wanderer (lyrics)
8. Golden Light (lyrics)
9. Sirens Call (lyrics)
10. Witchcraft (lyrics)
11. River of Death (lyrics)
12. Eternity (lyrics)
13. The Other Side (lyrics)