Dream On, Dreamer
Hope


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
September 19th, 2011 | 24 replies | 7,379 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘Dream On, Dreamer’ release an EP that falls short of promising.

The Australian metal scene has had its shares of ups and downs. Dream On, Dreamer unfortunately fall short of that success with their Hope EP. When describing what the EP sounds like, one could fall into the trap of saying it’s merely the same track six times over, while this is not quite the case, it becomes completely understandable by the time the listener has finished with the EP. The overall musical ideas that are being used become tiring as they are recycled over and over again. Even the song structuring does little to appease this effect. Most of the tracks follow the same patterns and in the same way for example; the screamed verses followed by a clean sung chorus often used with a soft, melodic (sometimes acoustic) bridge section.

Not all moments on the Hope EP are poor, there are some redeemable moments that can be found in each members level of musicianship. Instrumentally, listeners can tell that each member knows what they are doing. Talent found especially behind the drum kit displays the highest level of technicality. The use of tempo changes and accent patterns holds the rest of the music together. Other members seem to feed off this technicality and promote the rhythmic effect of the accents, especially in the guitar sections. There are some parts that may cause the listeners attention to slip away, for example the bass guitar is rather unheard of throughout and the vocals are especially grating. Both the screams and the clean sections have a whiny tone and become repetitive very quickly. The clean vocals show some expertise but fall short of making any impression on the listener.

In terms of quality, the final track “In August” highlights the EP. The track itself opens with an interesting atmospheric and symphonic element which is a great show of the band’s creative writing ability. This is a great display of diversity and redeems some parts of the EP’s overall quality. A piano line provides the main melodic line throughout the track and proves for Dream On, Dreamer simple works best. The piano line alone could be described as elegant and matches the music well.

Lyrical content often borders between vague but intelligent and typically cliché. Topics of love, death and opportunities missed all surface over the length of the EP and the use of vague somewhat metaphorical phrases allows some interpretation to be made by the listener.

Overall, Dream On, Dreamer’s Hope EP falls short on the listeners ears. The band shows that they know how to write songs but are too limited with their ideas. While Hope is not a full length release it does contain more than its share of filler tracks with only a couple of tracks that may have a higher play back value. The Hope EP is brought down by semi recycled ideas and an unwillingness to remove themselves from the song structuring they cling to. To listen to the entire of Hope EP is like watching a ball fly towards you, ready to catch it and have it land at your feet. The potential it had leaves the listener disappointed.

Track/s To Check Out:
• In August



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AtavanHalen
September 19th 2011



17927 Comments


Fuck this band.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2011



6734 Comments


I listened to them based on a rec from a mate, i'll be going into his next rec with a bit more caution i think. Dream On, Dreamer just....... no.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2011



7011 Comments


S'up iPod. Great review - you are definitely improving. It's a joy to see how far you've come. Keep it up.

Acanthus
September 19th 2011



9510 Comments


After looking at the band page I think I'll steer clear of these guys, the reviews good though sir.

Digging: Symphony X - Paradise Lost

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2011



6734 Comments


Cheers Irving, i felt this one was a bit choppy.

@Acanthus, thanks man although i don't think you need to call me 'sir' lol you have been here longer than me.

joshieboy12345
September 19th 2011



5256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bout time someone reviewed this, i really didn't mind this, shame that they signed with Rise and became completely generic

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joshieboy12345
September 19th 2011



5256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bout time someone reviewed this, i really didn't mind this, shame that they signed with Rise and became completely generic

joshieboy12345
September 19th 2011



5256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bout time someone reviewed this, i really didn't mind this, shame that they signed with Rise and became completely generic

Butkuiss
September 19th 2011



3869 Comments


Loving how much you've improved Rob! Sorry I haven't been around much lately. But I'll probably be reviewing Puzzles' Delusion Twin EP soon, so you'll get to read that for me.

A mate saw these guys open for A7x and said they were fucking terrible. Wondering why he went to see A7x, and even more why he expected a good support band for them. But hey, what can you do.

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Kulti
September 19th 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they are way too overrated, especially this Ep
Great review

Vooligan
September 19th 2011



3541 Comments


I. Hate. This. Band.

pmmets07
September 19th 2011



5784 Comments


i always thought "dream on, dreamer" was a clothing line for some reason. guess it's actually a band.

liledman
September 19th 2011



3817 Comments


oh man

these fucking guys

TechieCore
September 19th 2011



662 Comments


Band sucks, and finally they won't be as overrated as they have been.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 19th 2011



7106 Comments


band is horrible. great review pos'd.

SatelliteYears
September 19th 2011



188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Okay band, though really generic. Stellar review.

RosaParks
September 19th 2011



14592 Comments


disagree. thought this was good
new album is a 1/5 tho

foxblood
September 19th 2011



6797 Comments


eh this isn't too terrible really, it's just not that great either. it's less of a mess than their new album, and the album art is really good. i also really like the screaming in the last track

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2011



6734 Comments


Thanks for the comments guys, any queries or critiques?

joshieboy12345
September 20th 2011



5256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry for the triple comment guys, computer had a meltdown.



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