Killing The Dream
Fractures


4.5
superb

Review

by noneckjoe USER (2 Reviews)
July 5th, 2008 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Adding new influences to their sound, Killing the Dream produces an album that showcases everything that is great in modern hardcore.

After a more-than-solid debut on Deathwish, Killing the Dream underwent a huge lineup change losing two of their major songwriters which made me wonder if new members would push this band in a new direction for Fractures. Thankfully, Killing the Dream retained their signature sound, doing nothing but improving it.

After the short intro “(Re)Acquaintance,” the listener is assaulted by the abrasive "Part II (Motel Art)” that shows any doubters that Killing the Dream is back. New guitarists DJ Rogers and Patrick Guild drop some punishing riffs, backed by one of the best rhythm crews in hardcore in Christopher Chase and Isaac Frantini. Front man Elijah Horner had some problems with his voice in between albums, but his raw voice continues to force his emotions on the listener all throughout Fractures. After this opener it's clear that Killing the Dream haven't missed a beat.

The title-track introduces some new experimentation that is present on the album. "Fractures" opens with a calm intro that appears as if it will lead into some chaotic hardcore frenzy, but surprisingly it is followed by a towering, atmospheric riff. This matches Horner's vocals perfectly, being the perfect backdrop to his emotional vocals. This type of riffing is found on all parts of the album, most notably at the end one of the best tracks on the album, "Thirty Four Seconds." These new techniques establish Killing the Dream above the "breakdowns and gang vocals" style that water down the hardcore genre.

The rest of the album is features Killing the Dream picking their spots perfectly, always balancing their traditional hardcore sound with their new experimentation. This band does so much in two-minute songs, it's incredible. Also, there is guest spot on "You're All Welcome" from Rob from Ruiner which works out great. When the band does stretch out the song length in the closer entitled "Resolution," the band produces an incredible conclusion to that album that ends with a triumphant buildup that leaves the listener wanting more, but also satisfied with what they've been given.

Killing the Dream brings down the house with Fractures, delivering a modern hardcore masterpiece that gives something to all fans of the genre. This album has it all: breakdowns, gang vocals for the moshers and great songwriting, emotional lyrics for those wanting something to break the mold. An immense production job from J. Robbins brings it all together and makes Killing the Dream sound heavier than ever. But the best thing about this album is that it shows a modern hardcore band bringing new things to the table, a thing that hasn't been happening as much as it should. With that said, 2008 has been great for hardcore so far, with Killing the Dream and Deathwish leading the way for the genre.


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jrowa001
July 5th 2008


8750 Comments


ive never heard of this band. hope this is as good as you say it is. good review

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya this is great

Edgecrusher
July 5th 2008


137 Comments


awful album

Duderino
July 6th 2008


827 Comments


Pretty dece album. Some of the lyrics are SO fucking bad though.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 6th 2008


2125 Comments


Good album, not sure about a rating yet.

walletCRACKED
July 7th 2008


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its a pretty good album, but yeah sometimes the lyrics get repetitive because its always talking about some girl and nothing else, but its still an awesome record to own. buy it!

noneckjoe
July 8th 2008


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am seriously on the fence about giving this album a 4 or 4.5. Seeing them live was the deciding factor.This Message Edited On 07.08.08

Firecracker
July 25th 2008


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I really like this band.
Definately not a disappointing follow-up to In Place, Apart

Doppelganger
August 20th 2008


3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid album, seeing them this weekend

natey
November 7th 2008


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better then solid album.

asaf
November 14th 2008


885 Comments


looks like ill be adding this to the ranks!

KritikalMotion
December 18th 2008


2261 Comments


acquiring album

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

McP3000
December 30th 2008


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album rrruuullllesssss

bITxHxC
February 25th 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favorite album of 08

Aloof
May 2nd 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its good, but i dont really see what you are all freaking out about.
Ill say that the vocals are pretty good, but the instrumentals really arent all that spectacular.

I dont know, maybe i need to listen to it a few more times but i just really cant get into this.

Deathcar
December 8th 2009


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great modern hardcore album, right up there with MLIW and the others.

@ Aloof, really, I find the vocals to be the weakest point (and they're still pretty damn good...) the instumentals are really top notch, and fairly progressive as hardcore goes.

Captain North
April 18th 2010


6788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Practically had this on repeat over the last few days.

HaloDude442
October 27th 2010


693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit rules

Skimaskcheck
October 29th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is intense

Captain North
October 29th 2010


6788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ridiculously close to being a 5. I'm not even sure what's keeping me from it.



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