Dream On Dreamer
Loveless


4.0
excellent

Review

by metalheadrunner USER (88 Reviews)
May 25th, 2015 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far from a regression

On their first effort, post-hardcore rockers Dream On Dreamer were packed with potential, mainly contained in the palpable chemistry between screamer Marcel Gadacz and former bassist/clean vocalist Mike McLeod. Though both vocalists were more than capable, it left much to be desired from the other band members, especially in the guitar section. Sure, the guitarists proved they could riff, and at times even carried the songs, but never truly came out of the box. Even so, Heartbound was an enjoyable effort that bled of passion, angst, regret, and love, leaving more room for regression than improvement for the band's sophomore outing. Was Loveless a regression? Far from it.

From early on in the album, lead guitarist Callan Orr makes his presence known, and refuses to be dismissed to the level he was on the band's first effort. Whether it's his clean picking in the title track or sweeping leads throughout "The World In Front Of Me" and "Foundations", these small flourishes he picked up since the last album make a world of difference in the long run. Also more prevalent is rollicking drumming, courtesy of Aaron Fiocca. He manages to spice up the album, and create maelstroms out of mere intensity(if you need convincing, check "Foundations"). Unfortunately, former rhythm guitarist Luke Domic is playing much of the same, G-tuned riffs that plagued the last album, to the point the guitar tone becomes slightly annoying. Once again, the bass is also lacking, as is much of the ambient effects that wove throughout Heartbound. There's no doubt that Loveless is a much heavier affair than HB.

Once again, DOD opens the album spectacularly, as the first four or so tracks are extremely enjoyable and grip the listening with gnarling guitars and sharp-toothed screams. Those who enjoyed the more melodic material found on Homebound would be best to first check"Infinity", as the bright chorus and predominant clean vocals are reminiscent of "Blinded". The ambient keyboard-dominated ending of "The World In Front Of Me" is also similar to the band's past material, as well the ambient-laced ballad "Hear Me Out". "Moving On, Moving Far" has the best guitar performance the band has ever laid down, and is one of the only times Luke truly comes out of his shell. "Evol" contains a beautiful, BTBAM-esque solo, while "Black Maine" is a pulsating mid tempo rocker.

Kudos to the group for refusing to stay stagnant as just an average band, something they were more than capable of doing. Also, the improvement by the majority of the members is much appreciated, as the listener won't soon forget the performances of the band members long after the end of the record. However, much of the generic tendencies that nightmarishly plagued the first LP are sadly still present, especially in the song structures. Most songs are the expected verse-chorus-verse, which is unfortunate.

It's funny how slight improvements will totally improve the quality of a group, but because of them, Loveless[/I} is a whole other animal from [I[Heartbound. If you weren't totally impressed by Heartbound, Loveless may change your mind.



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metalheadrunner
May 25th 2015


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really sure what happened to the italics (I'm doing this from my phone, computer is screwed up), but other than that, I feel like this is worlds better than my last review



NorwichScene
May 26th 2015


3153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No mention of Zachary Britt?

SteakByrnes
August 24th 2016


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a nicely done review, but Zachary Britt is the rhythm guitarist on this and still is. He is the one doing the cleans as well

NorwichScene
August 24th 2016


3153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favourite clean vocalists

bloc
August 1st 2018


66551 Comments


Newest album has some nice moments. They nail the Sempiternal sound for sure.

Digging: Turnstile - Glow On

SteakByrnes
August 1st 2018


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea the new one is pretty good, but I don't think they'll ever top this. Really solid band tho, I love these guys

bloc
August 1st 2018


66551 Comments


Cream on creamer

sixdegrees
August 1st 2018


12211 Comments







neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2019


21512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not sure how i feel about this yet, but then again this came from a group of guys who thought "Dream on Dreamer" was a good band name so idk if this is meant for me

SteakByrnes
November 13th 2019


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Neeka pls

JeetJeet
December 1st 2019


9836 Comments


The last track on here sounds SO similar to Hard Branch to Snap by This or The Apocalypse

Digging: Injury Reserve - By The Time I Get To Phoenix

SteakByrnes
December 1st 2019


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Tracks We Leave Behind is fucking stellar, love that song

splinter
January 19th 2020


598 Comments


if steak says this is a 5 then it's probably a 5 so I check this again

SteakByrnes
February 10th 2020


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm so upset these guys are breaking up, this album is one of my favorites of all time. I wish I could've seen them live

onionbubs
July 10th 2021


13688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

been jamming copious amounts of this band/young lions today and this is gettin real close to the 5. britt is a gift from god whos vocal melodies/performance is pretty much all stunning throughout and balanced tremendously by the crushing heavy side. shoutout foundations, hear me out, and the last two for my favorites but it all big owns



also there's no thread for songs like solitude but snowpiercer cant leave my head rn. def a fav of their songs post this

Digging: Eidola - To Speak, To Listen

SteakByrnes
July 11th 2021


24781 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brooooooooo yessss, this album is so fucking good lol I was obsessed with it in college. Wish they didn't stop making shit like this and SoS, I adore them both and they mean the world to me

onionbubs
July 11th 2021


13688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed the two records after solitude are still solid but the way they dial back the harder side of the records before is j not as captivating to me rn, plus they already pale in comparison to the brilliance of young lions lol. i still like both of them a good bit tho, just not albums i envision myself being glued to like i am this and songs of solitude (and practically everything young lions has put out for that matter goddddamn)

JustJoe.
July 11th 2021


10894 Comments


album title triggers me i am triggered

heck
July 11th 2021


6179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why

JustJoe.
July 11th 2021


10894 Comments


this “loveless” isn’t the other “loveless”



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