For the Fallen Dreams
Back Burner


2.0
poor

Review

by TechieCore USER (13 Reviews)
May 31st, 2011 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turmoil can take a toll on any band.

Michigan-based For The Fallen Dreams have been a staple in the metalcore genre for a solid number of years now. Hailed for releasing two above-mediocre albums (Changes and Relentless respectively), For The Fallen Dreams seemingly had no way to go but up in the music scene. But life's a bitch sometimes, and she hit FTFD hard.

Forced to replace three members, with the only Relentless era members being Jim Hocking and vocalist Dylan Richter, FTFD had to find talent to try to succeed everything Relentless was made out to be.

Did they succeed? Absolutely not.

In the day and age of 2011, metalcore listeners are wising up. They understand it's not all about breakdowns anymore, and it certainly isn't about seeing who can create the heaviest song. The fans now understand it's about being technical with your instrument, having strong song-writing capabilities, and just having a general flow and "knack" for making music in this very demanding genre. For The Fallen Dreams managed to completely ignore this little tidbit.

Back Burner is littered with breakdowns, clean choruses, and your nice melodic sections thrown in. The issue isn't that it's a new formula - on the contrary, this formula has served them well in the past. The lack of drummer Andrew Tkaczyk (leading song writer) is very clear on this album. His flare is no longer present, and there is no glimmer of him ever even being in the band.

What is now clear is the presence of Tom Denney's (ex- A Day To Remember) awful production techniques, and I'm pretty sure he had a hand in writing some of these ridiculous choruses and breakdowns on the album. Anyone who's ever listened to ADTR can feel his hands thoroughly raping you during this album, even if he did only produce it.

What's next for FTFD since this album just really isn't good? My suggestion would be to hit the drawing board, and try to find a formula that fits the new band line-up. If they can't succeed with that, then maybe it's time to hang up the hat and head back to Michigan.



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sspedding (2.5)
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TechieCore
May 31st 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kind of hard for me to write this review. I loved Relentless, but then again it's rare for a metalcore band to release more than one or two decent albums, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.



I wrote this in 10 minutes, if everyone hates it at least I won't feel as bad.

SatelliteYears
June 1st 2011


198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent review, POS'd. I feel about the same as you do about this album. Normally I don't mind the clean vocals (see:Bury Tomorrow, who does it well) but this...I just don't like it very much.

BassDemon333
June 1st 2011


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a sucker for the albums Tom Denny played on with ADTR and their sound before their new album which is probably why I like this so much. It might seem terrible and nothing new (which it really isnt compared to a lot of other metalcore out there) but its still fun.

Devastator
June 1st 2011


4021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bury Tomorrow have one of the best clean vocalists out there.I highly suggest listening to them. Pretty good review POS'd seems rushed though

sspedding
June 1st 2011


5255 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nice review, agree with what you say. Pos.

wyankeif1337
June 1st 2011


6739 Comments


the abr song was better

Devastator
June 1st 2011


4021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"the abr song was better". Can be inserted into any music conversation

piecey
June 1st 2011


28 Comments


i very strongly dislike ADTR and anything associated with them. this album definitely caught a bit of Tom Denny influence, which is enough to ruin FTFD in my opinion.

TechieCore
September 17th 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agreed Piecey, you can definitely feel and ADTR "feel" on this album. And anything ADTR-related quite frankly gets an automatic "suck" attached to it.

Pharoh
September 17th 2011


3325 Comments


Lol @ deva



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