Who doesn’t enjoy a good metalcore/melodic hardcore song every now and then to get you pumped up for the day? For the Fallen Dreams‘ new single “Dream Eater” accomplishes exactly that, giving headbangers heavy guitar riffs, double bass drum patterns, clean and unclean vocals, and of course breakdowns (because metalcore just wouldn’t be metalcore without them).
As far as the lyrics are concerned, “Dream Eater” contains a message of overcoming obstacles life throws at you through optimistic eyes. This much can be seen in the lyrics “I know what kind of man I can be/ I’ve let the simple things pass by and never let it get the best of me.” The idea of overcoming obstacles in life seems to be a pretty common theme within the metalcore genre. Some may go as far as labeling bands as “generic” for building on this theme. However, I believe FTFD deserves a bit more credit than that. Everyone hits a low point in their life every now and then, and it’s important to be reminded that everything will get better if you just keep your head up.
Another important thing to note for this track is the vocals. For the Fallen Dreams’ upcoming album Heavy Hearts is the first to feature vocals from Chad Ruhlig since their 2008 album Changes. Ruhlig rejoined the band after the departure of former vocalist Dylan Richter back in January. Though it’s been six years, Ruhlig jumps right back into the mix as if he never even left.
Though the track features semi-clean vocals in the chorus, clean vocals are also sung toward the end of the track with a slight variation in style. When Ruhlig sings “This is who I am/I didn’t choose this, I was chose,” I feel like I’m listening to Garrett Rapp from The Color Morale, which is not at all a bad thing. In fact, I’m hoping that vocal style is embellished a bit more on Heavy Hearts.
“Dream Eater” gives longtime fans of For the Fallen Dreams something to look forward to when Heavy Hearts is released on April 8. General fans of the metalcore/melodic hardcore scene should find satisfaction within this track. The band built off a theme that has been done many times before in music. However, I wouldn’t go as far as saying the idea is redundant, because we all need a little pick-me-up every now and then to pull ourselves through life’s struggles.