For the Fallen Dreams
Wasted Youth


2.5
average

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (66 Reviews)
July 17th, 2012 | 106 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wasted Potential

When For The Fallen Dreams vocalist Dylan Richter commented on the bands new album Wasted Youth, he spoke of it being similar to the bands previous album Back Burner but "more mature" and "having more singing but at the same time being more heavy". I couldn't help but sit and wonder where the band was truly going with their sound. Its been little over a year since 2011's Back Burner, an album that left many fans of the band let down, and its obvious that they have decided to further pursue the sound they switched over to on that outing with Wasted Youth.

Once again choosing former A Day To Remember guitarist Tom Denney as producer, the band recorded the album in Denney's studio in Ocala FL. Last time this combination produced a record that was, while vastly different from Relentless and not exactly a welcome change, did produce a good track or two. This time, unfortunately, it has proven to take a turn for the worse. If the production sounded bad to some on Back Burner, let it be known that it sounds horrid on Wasted Youth. Across the album this fact is blatantly obvious when you hear how muddy the guitar tone is, how little the drums stand out, and how forced Richter's clean vocals sound. The only aspect that could be seen as tolerable are the harsh vocals, which haven't varied much since the bands last outing.

It also doesn't help that the songwriting is still suffering. Being their second album since founding drummer Andrew Tkaczyk left the fold (they are now on their second drummer since his departure) the band is still suffering without his songwriting skills at their disposal and have continued to water down their sound into the generic metalcore heard from countless other acts. Every song relies on the same predictable formula by relying on Richter's cleanly-sang choruses and plodding breakdowns, which results in many of the songs sounding the same. Denney further worsens this fact by no doubt once again lending an influence from his former band into this album as he did last time with the clean vocal sections and breakdowns, except this time they feel more generic than ever and lack any power at all due to the production.

It's these reasons among others that leave Wasted Youth a very underwhelming record as well as a disappointing one. Among the sea of acts that is modern metalcore, For The Fallen Dreams were one of the more promising ones when they first appeared with two solid efforts in Changes and Relentless. However, Wasted Youth signifies the downfall of the band and that (among the countless breakdowns this album contains) they have resorted to using the same formula that dozens of others have. The departure of their primary songwriter has no doubt left them in a state of confusion of where to take their sound, and with the band once again looking to record with Denney on their next effort after the Wasted Youth cycle is finished, they will only continue to descend further into mediocrity and become just another metalcore act.



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BassDemon333
July 17th 2012


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is out today. I actually enjoyed Back Burner for what it was too, but I found this to just be a flat out mess.

MMX
July 17th 2012


4838 Comments


Yeah this sucks

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Satellite
July 17th 2012


20826 Comments


lol i drank with the singer at a party last summer. are they pretending to be edge now?

TooLateToGoBack
July 17th 2012


1779 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Awful album.

Band should consider disbanding at this point.

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 17th 2012


3656 Comments


Haven't listened to it yet I have a soft spot for this band

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2012


9064 Comments


This band is a joke

macadoolahicky
July 17th 2012


1835 Comments


Lol at all the 5s

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2012


9064 Comments


By the way Bass I hope that you're actually named Jeremy Bentham because that dude is a total badass

sixdegrees
July 17th 2012


17501 Comments


Relentless was good, I don't know what happened to this band.

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BassDemon333
July 17th 2012


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hahaha well thank you for the compliment FromDaHood. But yeah this was a major disappointment, you really can't tell the tracks from each other at all this time around at all either.

Devastator
July 17th 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Album is full of ass. I've never heard a vocalist sound more bored and uninspired than on this, which is sad because he was good on all the albums before this.

OurNumbers
July 17th 2012


122 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

As much as I've liked most of this band's portfolio, including Back Burner, this record really does just sound hollow. No pun intended. Just really empty and broken. Pretty disappointed.

cryMore
July 17th 2012


469 Comments


never liked this band, not even going to check it out

bloc
July 17th 2012


34992 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dunno why I bothered

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simonpettersen
July 17th 2012


272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jupp, this is pretty shit.

simonpettersen
July 17th 2012


272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These are the prime example of an average metalcore act that doesn't seperate themselves from the masses.

patman1001
July 17th 2012


1012 Comments


this is so fucking boring

RobotJesus
July 17th 2012


432 Comments


So bad not even going to pirate it. I miss the band they used to be.

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 17th 2012


3656 Comments


This is just bad jeezus

Spec
July 17th 2012


27267 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

bet this sucks

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