The Dreaming
Puppet


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
November 6th, 2011 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: like raising your mug of beer to the sky and realizing that it's half empty.

The Dreaming consider themselves to have “A heart of metal, a soul of darkwave and a punk-rock attitude”, but Etched in Blood didn’t send that message. If it sent any message at all, it was that they needed to return to the drawing board to wipe off the dicks they had previously drawn on it. They were another faceless rock band with a good idea that never came to fruition due to a terribly generic and boring execution. When done right, mainstream rock can make for a pretty good time, but The Dreaming’s previous album left us dreaming of what they could do if they actually tried. Therefore, it is with great joy (and surprise) when I say that we need not dream any more. Puppet is everything that Etched in Blood should have been, plus there’s a bonus prize in the cereal box - relevance.

Don’t get me wrong, Etched in Blood had great potential, it just wasn’t crafted with care. What it needed was a sense of urgency, a bit more of that punk attitude that they supposedly have. Well, Puppet has it in spades. With hard-hitting, metal-edged riffs and fist-pumping choruses, Puppet is filled with the stuff you’d expect to hear on the radio while driving with your friend, windows down. Except that this isn’t just another mainstream rock album, it’s pretty good. The highlight being Christopher Hall’s vocal performance which is absolutely explosive; paired with the dirty, partying riffs, the album is pretty fun. This is quite a step up from their previous album which was (for lack of a better word) boring. Who knew that The Dreaming could create catchy, beer-soaked anthems?

A problem still remains, and that would be the album’s lack of variation. After twelve tracks, their formula becomes quite predictable: 1) start song with a crunchy hook 2) fade into the subdued verse with a simple beat and minimal industrial influence 3) explode into the riff heavy chorus. Honestly, this is how the entire album goes save for the track ‘Every Trace’ which bears similarity to Green Day’s ‘Holiday’. As much as Puppet is enjoyable, it is equally predictable, and borders on average, throw-away radio rock. Thankfully, the album is still a collection of good songs even if they all sound like the same one. Therefore, The Dreaming is great entertainment for a while, at least until the songs are given time to sink in.



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pizzamachine
November 6th 2011


12571 Comments


I write a lot of reviews.

Album stream: http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/9

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2011


7318 Comments


ONEREVIEWADAYNEGNEGNEG

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pizzamachine
November 6th 2011


12571 Comments


Willie requested this one. :] It had to be done!

Ovrot
November 6th 2011


10553 Comments


YES! A PIZZAMACHINE DIRTY PUPPET SEX IN THE MEADOW OF OPPRESSIVE DESPAIR REVIEW!

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pizzamachine
November 6th 2011


12571 Comments


YES! AN OVROT THINGAMAJIG DOODLYWOP COMMENT!

Ovrot
November 6th 2011


10553 Comments


all day erry day

Gyromania
November 6th 2011


15967 Comments


Lol, man your most recent reviews have been SO short.

pizzamachine
November 6th 2011


12571 Comments


haha I don't know why either, sometime I'll do a long review.

Acanthus
November 7th 2011


9545 Comments


Like the band's name personally.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2011


7122 Comments


Writes like a machine with a death wish : ] Good one azzip!

pizzamachine
November 7th 2011


12571 Comments


Thanks man haha

Gyromania
November 7th 2011


15967 Comments


Felt compelled to address this point:

"Puppet is filled with the stuff you’d expect to hear on the radio while driving with your friend"

So, in other words, it sucks.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2011


7026 Comments


Proto-typical, non-conformist Matt.

Willie
Moderator
November 7th 2011


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reviewing this. I was curious about this album due to the Stabbing Westward connection, and now I'll definitely check it out.

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BallsToTheWall
November 7th 2011


44800 Comments


Where's the darkwave influence in this?

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pizzamachine
November 7th 2011


12571 Comments


No prob man.

@ Balls: In the melodies.

bloc
November 7th 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Word a Stabbing Westward connection?

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pizzamachine
November 7th 2011


12571 Comments


Yeah, this has the ex-vocalist from Stabbing Westward.

bloc
November 7th 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gonna get

bloc
November 8th 2011


35004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

OMG 8 IS ACTUALLY A DEPECHE MODE COVER

Title track is pretty cool



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