Reversing Time was the first result of a collaborative effort between Dreamtone and the Greek classical singer Iris Mavraki. The album featured a 40-piece symphony orchestra, as well as Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Mike Baker & Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) as guests. The title track, Reversing Time, is also the last official release of Mike Baker before his untimely passing.
Behind the Scenes
Soon after Sojourn, Dreamtone started to look into other options about how to improve themselves. With luck, the band's friend from Metal Temple, Orpheus Spiliotopoulos, mentioned his mother's wish to create a symphonic metal project, and things moved on from there. Eventually, the idea of having a few gigs turned into making an album with a symphony orchestra and guests.
Even though Dreamtone had some level of underground presence, Reversing Time carried them to the major league. The band signed a record deal with one of the world's biggest independent metal labels, AFM Records; something seemed impossible for a Turkish band to achieve back then.
Reversing Time (song) was also praised by the international press, shown as a part of must listen to 100 tracks for any progressive metal fan in various magazines and websites. It is, sadly, also the final official release of Mike Baker, who passed away shortly after.
Where to find
The rights to release the album is owned by AFM Records GmbH. Hence, this album is not available through Bandcamp & CD Baby.
February 2008, AFM Records
Oganalp Canatan: Vocals
Iris Mavraki: Vocals
Onur Özkoç: Guitars
Can Dedekargınoğlu: Bass*
Burak Kahraman: Guitars
Emrecan Sevdin: Drums
Hansi Kürsch: Vocals
Tom Englund: Vocals
Mike Baker: Vocals
Gary Wehrkamp: Guitars
Philarmonia Istanbul Orchestra
Recorded by Alp Turaç, Erim Arkman at ATM Studios, Istanbul, TR
Mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Divison One Studios, Gothenburg, SWE
Mastering by Leon Zervos at Sterling Sound, NY, USA
Artwork by Jean Pascal Fournier
* Bass tracks recorded by Efe Alpay
Produced by Dreamtone and AFM Records