For the Fallen Dreams
Changes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
May 9th, 2010 | 51 replies | 18,168 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These track names...this band name...and that's a 4?

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hardcore is a tricky thing to get into. On one side of the spectrum is a bunch of party going scene kids, another side shows a bunch of pissed off guys at the same party getting drunk and getting into fights. But then there are the select few much like Killing the Dream, or Converge who are willing to delve into their honest feelings and admit they're not prone to sadness like normal people.

For the Fallen Dream is one of these hardcore bands breaking the mold.While they indeed play the same style as The Ghost Inside, or It Prevails nobody seems to have come up with a name for their new subgenre (we’ll think of something and add “core” to the end of it soon). For the Fallen Dreams plays this style very well, with melodic guitar sweeps and well executed breakdowns to boot. The vocalist utilizes a fast and well paced combination of death growls and masterful hardcore screams. Now most of you who read “breakdown” started to gag, don’t fret! this isn’t your regular Emmure, or Liferuiner album there isn’t a “breakdown a song” pattern neither, they simply use the occasional breakdown to help elevate the song when needed. The guitars no matter how you look it however are the highlight of this album, and it’s a extremely good thing as they manage to evoke the emotion better then the vocalist per say.

The first song on the album “Brothers in Arms” opens up with a very heavy focus on melodic sweeps and combined with the heavy vocals it creates a strange, but perfectly executed combination. It’s somewhat misleading though, as I’ve said not every song uses a breakdown, but this particular song seems to lead into a “breakdown and then chug-a-chug” about after a minute and a half. Not bad, and I’ve seen much worse, but purists will have their heads turn in disgust. “Hopeless” is another song that I give credit for it’s melodic/hardcore approach after a very hardcore-oriented opening, they manage to expertly lead into a very well done melodic piece to keep the song interest. “Never Again” is a highlight for it’s amazing heartfelt chorus, and even the breakdown sounds better then the average breakdown. “Falling Down” is another highlight very much for the same reason, and it’s extremely intricate guitar sweeps. “Changes” is a complete instrumental and shows off the guitar players ability, I personally think that even purists will give some credit to their ability after listening to this. “Vengeance“ is a nice compliment to the latter song, as it is the most aggressive/hardcore song on the entire album. “Through the Looking Glass” is however my personal favorite song as it manages to switch back to both of the styles of this band in a very unique way, and the outro chorus of “where do I go from here” manages to move me, also the added violins and cellos were an extra surprise.

All in all I’m pleasantly pleased with this band, with as many breakdown layering deathcore bands patrolling the music store racks it’s nice to see one band that manages to value structure over intensity. If you’ve been looking for a new hardcore band to listen to (and Deathwish seems to not be pushing anything out) I high recommend For the Fallen Dreams to you.

Recommended Songs-
Never Again
Falling Down
Changes
Through the Looking Glass



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ThePalestMexican
May 9th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes 2-reviews in 1 day.
I wrote this one while the internet was out, so if anything is wrong I apologize.

Constructive criticism always welcome!

BrahTheSunGod
May 9th 2010



1279 Comments


Good CD. Have a pos.
Also, reviewing MACHINE

Bitchfork
May 9th 2010



7584 Comments


Now hardcore is something that is valued for it’s angst-filled energy, that’s a given.

its

As much as rap/hip-hop is valued for it’s music beat, pop for it’s catchiness, and metal for it’s heaviness, every genre has something that it revolves around; at least that’s how it used to be.

insert that semicolon.

Hardcore is stereotyped into crappy-yelled vocals with crappy-yelled gang vocals, and breakdown after breakdown with every song lyrics just a giant layering of “*** you/I hate you”, but as I’ve noticed hardcore bands are starting to write more complex songs, with emotional lyrics, less breakdowns, and more well honed vocalists.

Rewrite; that's very awkward.

For the Fallen Dream is one of the few hardcore bands that are hard to categorize, while they indeed play the same style as The Ghost Inside, or It Prevails nobody seems to have come up with a name for their new subgenre (we’ll think of something and add “core” to the end of it soon).

That has nothing to do with your first paragraph at all.

Now most of you who read “breakdown” started to gag, don’t fret! this isn’t your regular Emmure, or Liferuiner album there isn’t a “breakdown a song” pattern neither, they simply use the occasional breakdown to help elevate the song when needed.

Very grammatically incorrect.
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I could do this with every single sentence. I could say it's grammatically incorrect, or that perhaps it's a run-on (a lot of them are), or it serves no purpose, or it has nothing to do with the item before it, or that comparisons are used far more than adjectives, or etc. etc. I'd really just rewrite this, because it's really really bad.

Bitchfork
May 9th 2010



7584 Comments


Oh and almost every single sentence is really awkward as well. I'd work on that considerably.

ThePalestMexican
May 9th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could do this with every single sentence. I could say it's grammatically incorrect, or that perhaps it's a run-on (a lot of them are), or it serves no purpose, or it has nothing to do with the item before it, or that comparisons are used far more than adjectives, or etc. etc.

not trying to be a dick, or start anything, but that's also a run-on.

Bitchfork
May 9th 2010



7584 Comments


that was the point. it's what reading your review feels like.

sspedding
May 9th 2010



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Brothers In Arms is an excellent song.

Review is not bad, just a bit wordy in places. Also, I wouldn't be categorising For The Fallen Dreams as hardcore. Not ever.

bloc
May 9th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I really liked this album, surprisingly.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

nastynick
May 9th 2010



853 Comments


I liked this album about as much as I like camel dick.




A lot.

shortone323
May 9th 2010



883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its is possessive, not it's. I saw that like 4 times in the opening paragraph. And listen to what bitchfork said, that sounded good.

And album is meh but, like Sspedding, I love Brothers in Arms. When I saw them live they played it and it was fucken awesome.

EasternLight
May 9th 2010



2700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

melocore yo

2muchket!
May 9th 2010



900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The intro to this review made me want to hunt you down and punch you in the face. You have no idea what hardcore is.

This is a fun album though, love the melodic passages.

botb
May 9th 2010



9652 Comments


this isn't hardcore at all

botb
May 9th 2010



9652 Comments


well paced combination of death growls and masterful hardcore screams


what in the world are you talking about

nastynick
May 9th 2010



853 Comments


You seriously gave this a four? What the fuck is wrong with you? Are you deaf? Or just dumb?

Bleekill
May 11th 2010



832 Comments


I hate melodic hardcore, posi bullshit.

2muchket!
May 14th 2010



900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not gr1m enough for you bleekill i see

SlightlyEpic
May 14th 2010



5780 Comments


first paragraph made me cringe

ThePalestMexican
June 2nd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Changed the intro due the dissatisfaction I had with the last one.

TheJem
July 14th 2010



7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a solid album for what it is, but i always find this type of music (lets call it melodic hardcore) lacks depth as a rule and this album is no exception along with It Prevails and the ghost inside.



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