Dreary is a word used to express gloom and sadness and melancholy, and this feeling is the inspiration behind the sounds of Drearylands and their premier 2000 release, Some Dreary Songs And Other Tunes From The Shadows. They started in 1994 under the name Shadows, but by 1998 internal troubles would push the band to its tolerance and resulted in the nixing of what would have been an earlier premier release. Four members would remain to reform as Drearylands, Jason Bittencourt (electric/acoustic guitars and vocals), Louis Bear (drums and vocals), Rick Iglesias (bass/vocals) and Lio "lion" Leao (vocals). In December of 1999 they began production on what would be their new premier recording. Around that same time, Patrick Amorim (guitar) joined. The self-financed album, on their own 'Mandrahgora' label, was launched in July of 2000. It merged Heavy Metal with medieval sounds, choirs, violins, and classical/acoustic guitars. A professional recording all the way, they would start to work on a second record almost immediately.