For the Fallen Dreams
Changes


2.0
poor

Review

by David Witten USER (12 Reviews)
May 18th, 2008 | 18 replies | 3,664 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boring metalcore.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

I need to stop using Myspace to find new bands. Every band that seems to be even remotely promising ends up disappointing me. There are obviously a few exceptions, like when I found Norma Jean(introduced me to metalcore) and when I found Sky Eats Airplane. Other times, like with War from a Harlots Mouth and Dr.Acula, I’m left wishing I didn’t waste 10 minutes of my time. For The Fallen Dreams makes me wish I didn’t waste 30+ minutes of my time.

For the Fallen Dreams is another metalcore band who recently popped up onto the scene. They combine down-tuned guitars, loads of bass drum kicks, and a vocalist who never changes up his delivery. The main problem with For the Fallen Dreams is not how they fare within the genre, but how they fare within the album. This album is plain. Everything about this album is generic. There is little to no technicality to be found here at all. The guitar riffs are pretty simple and could easily be played by anyone with a year or two of practice, or a few months of lessons. The bass, when you actually listen for it, is audible. In terms of most popular music this is a pleasant surprise, but it doesn’t get even remotely difficult at any point, and it almost always is situated behind the guitars playing either the same riff or a supporting riff. The vocalist’s range, typically, is probably less than an octave. His vocals sound fine, excluding his lows which seem kind of weak, but they aren’t anything to tell your friends about. The drums on this album are terribly generic. They sound fine and do a good job of keeping time and providing a good fill or two here and there, but it never does anything unique.

And to be honest, that is the problem with this album and For the Fallen Dreams as a whole. While this album isn’t terrible, it is terribly generic. This album is the epitome of the current metalcore scene; stagnant. It’s too bad that this band couldn’t step out and try to distinguish themselves. There are some breakdowns in this album, but nothing to write home about. Typically, when I’m listening to an album, I can’t help but move around in my chair, or my bed, or wherever I am listening to it. Hell, I moshed to Panic! at the Disco once. While listening to this album I didn’t move once.

Bright spots? Well, Changes is actually a pretty cool song. There are no vocals and you can hear the bass in the beginning. The song isn’t great, but it’s the best song on the album and something that they should strive to replicate. The song has a mediocre rhythm section, but the lead is absolutely haunting. Overall, For the Fallen Dreams is just another metalcore band to add to the heap. They show signs of possible greatness (mostly Changes, along with some other good lead work), but it’s more than likely this is what they will always be; mediocre.



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BurnTheEnd
May 23rd 2008



51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree at the plainness of this album, however I like it a lot. I am a vocalist and that's one thing I immediately noticed is that there is no changes in his range at all throughout the album. You can tell he is passionate about what he is doing and that means more than actual talent...at least to me. I love it's melodic feel and the groove of the breakdowns, but like I said...I can see the plainness which you are talking about. I guess it would be more of a guilty pleasure than a stand out, genre shattering band. You do have admit that they do well in their style of metal. It might be typical, but at least it sounds decent.

ReDIcE
May 25th 2008



95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seconding what he said ^ In my opinion, the tunes are mostly catchy, if mundane, and they certainly do a better job than similar bands like It Prevails and For Today.

Berk
July 25th 2008



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love this album. i could listen to it over and over again and not get bored.

asaf
August 21st 2008



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

love the cd. timeless. of course it sounds generic. its the scene you are listening to. generic... hmm.. maybe genre would be your word? as for WFAHM, if you call that generic maybe you need to start dwelling into prog metal. there is plenty of vocal range in symphony x and nightwish. eat up the epic odyssey lyrics.

DWittisarockstar
August 30th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't call WFAHM generic.

It is, but I didn't call it that.

Inperiour
October 20th 2008



78 Comments


I was going to give this a read until I read that Sky Eat Airplane is an example of a good band. I lol'd, hard.

x28x06x42x12
October 26th 2008



64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree at the plainness of this album, however I like it a lot. I am a vocalist and that's one thing I immediately noticed is that there is no changes in his range at all throughout the album. You can tell he is passionate about what he is doing and that means more than actual talent...at least to me. I love it's melodic feel and the groove of the breakdowns, but like I said...I can see the plainness which you are talking about. I guess it would be more of a guilty pleasure than a stand out, genre shattering band. You do have admit that they do well in their style of metal. It might be typical, but at least it sounds decent.


I agree. It's not bad, and there are some good lead parts. I think they have some potential, they just need to use it.

DWittisarockstar
January 3rd 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never said that SEA is good. I said that they didn't disappoint me. They were exactly what I expected them to be.

liledman
January 14th 2009



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album shows a bit of potential for ftfd. I think its a bit too formulaic - as far as every song keeping to the same idea, but
nonetheless solid, and listenable.

Bitstream
January 30th 2009



296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually really like this album. They use distorted chords, which is sort of unique, but they overuse them. The album is actually pretty solid, but yes, repetitive.

sspedding
April 10th 2009



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its like a very bad misery signals rip off with the post rock riffing in some songs.

botb
May 8th 2009



9651 Comments


downloaded this album recently. it's not bad. changes was a cool track.

myblackdahliamurder
May 10th 2009



10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i liked this album when i first got it.

but it gets extremely repetitive and i got bored after about 5 listens.

some songs i still enjoy though... Last Dying Breath, Brothers In Arms, Hopeless, Through The Looking Glass

but the rest is really forgettable.

DuckDuckJustin
July 24th 2009



14 Comments


This album sucks ad every song sounds identical

accompliceofmydeath
July 24th 2009



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's unnecessary sir.

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sspedding
April 20th 2010



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Brothers In Arms showcases how good this band really could be..

Spec
January 4th 2011



27146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty bad review. The album is more interesting than you give it credit for.

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joshieboy12345
January 12th 2013



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't agree with your review. Album is at least a 3, if you compare them to now, this is a masterful piece of music.



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