Review: For The Fallen Dreams – ‘For The Fallen Dreams’

It’s been almost six years since the last album, and the wait has been worth it, with For The Fallen Dreams kicking the gate in when they come through it, offering almost intimately tight clean vocals, a raw growl, and powerful music to underpin them both. The album as a whole feels well put together, and everything works with everything else, though that’s to be expected by a band on their seventh album.

‘RE-Animate’ is the first song on the album, and was the third single released from it too, but despite the fact it’s been out for a while already, that doesn’t do anything to pull the song’s punches. Its follow-up, ‘What If’, was also a single, the first to be released, and it’s obvious why, with the beautifully empowering lyricism and the well-balanced combination of clean vocals, growling ones, and rap-style additions.

The fourth track on the listing is ‘Without You’, which is without a doubt my favourite of the bunch. It’s a little more subdued than most of the other songs, which gives the album itself a good balance, as well as providing the listener with a little respite from the high energy that the other forty or so minutes bring with them. There’s a focus more on Jim Hocking’s clean vocals, and we’re started off quietly, more subtle – after a powerful guitar riff of an intro, of course. It’s only after bursting through the chorus that we hear the growl of Chad Ruhlig, framed by Hocking’s further impressive guitar work and the intense drums provided by Marc Esses.

It’s in my nature to comment on the shortest track on an album, especially because they’re always some of the best ones, and ‘Lavender’ does nothing to buck that trend, starting with some interesting instrumental that I can only describe as wobbly but in a good way, before they come in with some modified guttural vocals. They launch into the chorus and while the vocals themselves balance on the edge between growling and clean, they’re surrounded almost perfectly by Hocking’s fantastically heavy guitar again.

They’ve really done an excellent job with this one, and I’m, once again, already extremely pleased with the metalcore that’s come out this year. I can only hope that it won’t be quite as long until they give us another album!

‘For The Fallen Dreams’ is available now via Arising Empire.

Review – El Vipond

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