Killing The Dream
Lucky Me


2.5
average

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
November 25th, 2010 | 23 replies | 9,624 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Killing The Dream have gone soft.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

The Deathwish roster demands respect. Just a simple quick scan of all the hardcore acts signed to Bannons label should be enough for listeners to know that the label is a juggernaut of both excellent bands and masterpiece albums. Trap Them, Blacklisted, and Coliseum are just some of the bands that call Deathwish home so with such high profile bands under its banner, it only seems natural that Killing the Dreams releases be held up to a standard higher than most other hardcore bands in today’s scene. Previous albums like In Place, Apart and Fractures were both albums that withstood the scrutiny of their labelmates and helped establish a devout following. Carved in their sound of aggressive, emotional, and in-your-face hardcore punk, Killing the Dream decide to spice up their sound in their third full length, Lucky Me, that acts as a blindside tackle to expectations and leaves the fans more puzzled than satisfied in the end.

Historically speaking, Lucky Me follows a path that most bands take on their third full length. Having already secured a proper niche in their respective genre, the third full length is usually the point where a band delves into extremes: either going for a darker, ‘heavier’ sound or progressing softer and melodic. Killing the Dream has selected the latter. But this approach winds up choking their aspirations and potential. First song ‘Blame the Architects’ starts off strong, if a bit basic, featuring a stellar performance from the vocal department that is carried on throughout the entire album and a leading guitar riff with buildup drum work, but the entire song is murdered by an overextended clean interlude that acts as both a muffler to the bands aggressiveness felt on previous releases and just overly awkward.

This basically sets the tone to every song off Lucky Me, as each song tends to be both overstretched and a chore to listen to. From first glance, one who would be familiar with Killing the Dream would wonder what the use is in releasing an album with only seven songs and not not labeling it as an extended play, but this is actually acceptable as each song averages around the two and a half to three minute marker, clocking in at around a twenty to twenty five minute album length. With this basic song length now utilized on Lucky Me, this causes Killing the Dream to adopt a more melodic, clean passage driven album which looks good on paper, but when fully realized, ends up overdrawn. 'Testimony' is a perfect example that technically looks stellar as an idea, featuring guest vocals by ex-Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Kurt Travis, but when actually heard turns into a grating, awkward, and complete downer experience. Lucky Me follows all the standard melodic hardcore tendencies that Killing the Dream have never really fully recognized with in their past.

Musically, Killing the Dream have tried taking a step into natural progression but end up misfiring. Lucky Me offers seven sub-par songs that fail to latch onto your soul like Fractures did, and will quickly be tossed aside for better releases found on the Deathwish roster. While not an entire failure of an album, Killing The Dream have missed the mark on this project and should either try again in the future or just simply stick to what they know and do best, that being aggressively powerful hardcore. A strong vocal performance can’t quite make up for the lack in instrumentation and the great Bannon artwork can’t cover up the many faults found on Lucky Me.



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cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


sorry bros in advance.

OutOfMyself
November 26th 2010



688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm offended.

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


Team Jacob would not approve, I'm sure.

FazyLucker
November 26th 2010



59 Comments


Found this utterly disappointing.

EyesWideShut
November 26th 2010



3099 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sucks that this seems like a disappointment cause i was diggin Architects..

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


Found this utterly disappointing.

same. this pit?

Transient
November 26th 2010



1461 Comments


I found this disappointing as well, nowhere near as good as Fractures.

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


Fractures was good but nothing to fap about

Transient
November 26th 2010



1461 Comments


I'm not saying Fractures was anything mind-blowing but it was certainly better than this.

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


agreed. never really understood the hype about Fractures, but I went into this as unbiased as I could.

Deathcar
November 26th 2010



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review man. I loved Fractures, but this is just...it wore off after the 3rd or 4th listen, never a good thing.

Skimaskcheck
November 26th 2010



2360 Comments


aw, was looking forward to this

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2010



17200 Comments


i liked this. gonna review it when i get the time (next week)

Jaskolkaaa
November 26th 2010



330 Comments


Team Jacob would not approve, I'm sure.
LOL


Slum
November 26th 2010



2579 Comments


I've heard of Fractures but never gave it a listen, might do that now.

anyway, excellent review man!

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


appreciate all the kind words. back to reviewing vacation

Antipunk
November 26th 2010



324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is actually their 4th full length. Their self titled was their first. I dig this. wasn't disappointed in anything besides the track that serves as a interlude when there are only 7 tracks.

cvlts
November 26th 2010



8954 Comments


whoops. basic idea though.

accompliceofmydeath
November 28th 2010



4170 Comments


Ugh, you ruin all of my hardcore dreams

cvlts
November 28th 2010



8954 Comments


life aint a dream bro. ;-/



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