For the Fallen Dreams
Heavy Hearts


3.5
great

Review

by Josh Howe USER (18 Reviews)
April 8th, 2014 | 94 replies | 9,605 views


Release Date: 04/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: FTFD return to their roots with great results.

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Lansing, Michigan’s favourite metalcore sons For The Fallen Dreams came to prominence in 2008 when they released their highly acclaimed album Changes which was described as ‘’Typical metalcore, just a hell of a lot better’’. They followed it up with another solid album ‘’Relentless’’ with a new man behind the microphone. The talented vocalist Chad Ruhlig left to pursue other opportunities. In came Dylan Richter, a guy who could definitely scream and impressed on Relentless, but just lacked the talent of his predecessor. The albums released after with Dylan were the overall average ‘’Back Burner’’ and the downright awful ‘’Wasted Youth’’. With Chad in his new band ‘’Legend’’ fans screamed for him to reunite with his former band. And that’s exactly what’s happened. Heavy Hearts is a fantastic return to form for the Michigan quintet.

The album starts off with ‘’Emerald Blue’’ with the unmistakable voice of Chad Ruhlig absolutely destroying anything FTFD had released with Richter behind the microphone. ‘’Fight for your life’’ is the first lyric Chad screams, and the album kicks off on a good note. The album continues on, but the album’s fifth song ‘’Bombay’’ really capturing the attention of the listener straight away with its melody. Harbouring back to their roots on Changes where the melodies were the focal point of the record. Easily the best song the band has written for some time. Song writing has also improved tenfold, but does have its moments where the lyricism drops below par, but the lyrics aren't a huge deal when it’s really Ruhlig that captures most of the attention.

The guitars on this are devastatingly heavy and accompany the heaviness of Chad’s voice perfectly. Jim Hocking’s performance is stellar. His riffs and melody on the previously mentioned ‘’Bombay’’ is some of the best work of the band’s career. Another song deserving of some recognition is ‘’Endless’’. Here the ever present Ruhlig is accompanied from some seriously solid drumming from Navid Naghdi, a great chorus combined with some clean vocals and another technical and melodic guitar playing. Bass player Brandon Stastny doesn't have many moments to shine as his work is usually drowned out in the mix of the heavy vocals and the heavily tuned guitar.

The inclusion of Garrett Rapp on ‘’Dream Eater’’ is a bit bizarre as he doesn't really seem to alter the song that much, and his clean vocal performance isn’t all that impressive either. I’m sure someone else in the band, maybe Chad himself could of done the vocals himself. Some other songs worthy of mention include the awesome up-tempo ‘’Amnesia’’ and the closer ‘’Smelling Salt’’. Both songs display what FTFD do best: Fantastic Ruhlig lyrics, solid guitar playing with some unique melodies, and solid drumming. Smelling Salt also includes a pretty cool clean passage towards the end which displays a great clean singing voice. Presumably being Chad or bassist Brandon.

While i’m sure this album will come under the same criticisms many metalcore bands come under, especially from other bands who share their label: The renowned Rise Records, some will find too much sameness in the songs, and Chad not really changing much pitch and tone wise. The song writing isn't too great, but is definitely better than most other bands trying to do the same style. And of course: Breakdowns. The album has plenty, but most actually adds a different flavour to the song and don’t take much away.

For The Fallen Dreams have succeeded in regaining a place amongst the top of the overcrowded metalcore genre. A fantastic return to form which should see the band move from strength to strength in the (hopefully) many albums to come.



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joshieboy12345
April 8th 2014



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Always been a big fan of this band's first two LP's. This is a pretty good return to form. Chad being a beast as always.

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Devastator
April 8th 2014



2453 Comments


Chad actually left after "Changes", might want to fix that but other than that good review, pos'd. Still have to listen to this.

titanslayer
April 8th 2014



1482 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate how they have melodic riffs that aren't half bad followed by random breakdowns. It really
kills the mood

Nocturnal
April 8th 2014



1329 Comments


FTFD sounding like FTFD again. Sweet. Good review really easy to read. I do hate the artwork, stupid tattoos and shit.

joshieboy12345
April 8th 2014



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahhhhh yes you're right. Thought Chad did Relentless as well. I guess that's a compliment for Dylan.

Devastator
April 8th 2014



2453 Comments


I think it's a new thing Rise bands are trying to start, having tattoos as album art. I think they have a couple more bands doing it.

someguest
April 8th 2014



20319 Comments


fuck your tattoos

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Diamondize
April 8th 2014



1152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

In came Dylan Richter, a guy who could definitely scream, but just lacked the talent of his predecessor The albums released with Dylan started off with the average ‘’Back Burner’’ and the downright awful ‘’Wasted Youth’’.

You forgot the period after predecessor.

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sspedding
April 8th 2014



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Dylan was drafted in after Changes and before Relentless. Please change this.

MortimusPrime
April 8th 2014



2992 Comments


sweet if this sounds more like their early stuff I will definitely check it out. changes was sweet

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TooLateToGoBack
April 8th 2014



1753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

FTFD sounding like FTFD - and that's a good thing.

nononsense
April 8th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll be honest, Dylan was a much better vocalist, but what went wrong with him is laziness. Relentless was one of my favorite metalcore album's of the last decade. But after that album, it seems like the band lost interest and got lazy with their song writing. They needed a boost to get back on track and that's what Chad provided with this album.

silentstar
April 8th 2014



2231 Comments


I don't even care for this music anymore but Bombay has such a sweet riff

InFlamesWeThrash666
April 8th 2014



934 Comments


Just heard Emerald Blue and it's a good song,i have to check out these guys

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AtomicShane
April 8th 2014



1756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, but that album art chrrriiiiist

joshieboy12345
April 8th 2014



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will fix the review when l get home this afternoon. My bad.

MMX
April 8th 2014



4784 Comments


I'm so glad this wasn't a steaming pile of shit

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MartinBright
April 9th 2014



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"They followed it up with another solid album ‘’Relentless’’ then their talented vocalist Chad Ruhlig left to pursue other opportunities"

Sorry, but this statement is wrong. Chad Ruhlig left FTFD after "Changes" and "Relentless" was already recorded with Dylan, it's the album of his FTFD debut.

madddubokbro
April 9th 2014



19 Comments


How many times are you guys gonna keep telling him about Chad not being on Relentless?

Fluttertrank
April 9th 2014



17098 Comments


yeah im glad this was actually pretty good.



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