Please note that this review will cover the re-released version of the EP, which includes two tracks not on the original.
Back in the early parts of the 21st Century, Senses Fail was cutting their collective teeth into a genre that was starting to show some true promise. The band’s first release, From the Depths of Dreams, ended up catching the attention of Drive-Thru Records – who would then re-release the EP a year or so later. Yet, as all bands must have a beginning, From the Depths of Dreams shows raw emotion and a ton of promise without having some of the growing pains bands go through as they hone in on their craft.
In what was originally six songs, made seven plus an acoustic version by the re-release, Senses Fail looked to take a journey between gritty, punk-tinged guitars and tangent-inducing post-hardcore – whether it be by relying on huge melodies (“The Ground Folds,” “One Eight Seven”), punching rhythms (“Handguns and Second Chances”) or bleeding pen lyricism. In particular, the EP succeeded at grabbing your attention and making it difficult to turn away. “Steven” tells a gut-wrenching story of loss, while “Free Fall Without a Parachute” is musically a bit disjointed but undoubtedly energetic at times before unveiling a piano-tinged ending that begs you to move along with it.
Buddy Nielsen’s voice is a particularly interesting beast on this EP, as his singing is confident and a bit unpolished in tracks like “Steven” and “Bloody Romance.” Lyrically though, the mix of emotive lines and post-teen angst wasn’t as poetic and contained a lot of interesting imagery to say the least. But in defense of said lyrics, I’d be willing to admit that Nielsen has come a long way from writing these types of lines, and that the raw nature of the music certainly fit the delivery and style of said words.
While certainly a sign of maturity not yet attained by the band, From the Depths of Dreams marked a solid first step for Senses Fail that gained the attention of would-be fans in the time prior to – and perhaps after – the band’s first full-length Let It Enfold You. It wasn’t the absolute best start, but a good one nonetheless.