Trauhaus was formed in 1994 as Zweeback, and eight years later they released their self-titleddebut album. Seven years ago their third album Das Geheimnis was released, and some weeks ago Traumhaus released In Oculis Meis (In My Eyes). We can doubtfully say that Trauhaus takes good time on each album. This year’s album is a double CD, but a CD with English lyrics and a CD with German lyrics. The track Viele Wege,
Led by founding member Alexander Weyland Traumhaus have amassed creative energy during the lengthy break and worked on new ideas. While Geheimnis mainly focused on interpersonal coping-strategies, the main topic on In Oculis Meis is development in modern society and the need of each individual to cope with those. The lyrics addresses subconscious fears and individual strategies to preserve one`s inner balance, whilst observing that goes on in the world.
With such dark lyrics the music is much harder than the previous albums and there are a fair amount of riffing and often the guitars take the lead. The newly acquired roughness is what makes Traumhaus stand out as a better band than ever. The track So Many Options,
The group’s name translates to House Of Dreams and their music combines hard rock with a healthy helping of atmospherics. While the style looks back to many German bands of the 70s and 80s, their use of angular melodies and their native tongue draws valid comparisons to one in particular, ANYONE’S Daughter , Novalis andmight be other reference points, although Traumhaus is somewhat more rhythmic. Line-up: Alexander Weyland – keys, vocals, Tobias Hampl – guitar, Ray Gattner – drums and Till Ottinger – bass.