Deathcore is a genre overpopulated with young, breakdown addicted kids who live off of crushing riffs, double bass and deep growls. At first glance For The Fallen Dreams looks like one of those you’ve already heard countless times. Br00tal name, intense title and generic album art; But, if you’re willing enough to give them a chance, you will see that there is much more than meets the eye.
First off “Relentless” is a terrible title for this album. That needed to be the title of a Whitechapel album, which doesn’t let up the intensity for even a second. This album does give you a break at times, mind you it is still full of intense breakdowns. The best way to describe it is if Misery Signals and A Day To Remember had a child, who was raised by Emmure and influenced by Parkway Drive. Perfect. In every song you will be able to find influences from all four of these bands. It’s an exciting combination of open stringed chuggage and catchy guitar riffs. “Relentless” is a pulsating, intelligent, powerful assault on your ears, combining everything you love about the genre (as well as parts you may hate). While “Relentless” is a large step up from the rest of the pack, the album does wear thin from predictability pretty quickly.
The Killswitch Engage-esq “Intro” leads straight into “The Call Out Perceptions” which feels like a Parkway Drive song with a Day to Remember chorus and an Emmure breakdown. I told you. If you’re a fan of these bands, For The Fallen Dreams is a perfect melting pot of sounds. The addition of clean, catchy chorus’ are a strong point throughout the album, meshing fantastically with the ridiculous breakdowns and deep guitar hooks. “Nightmares” showcases how they can save a song, instead of letting the breakdowns overpower the entire song. Its refreshing to see a band not trying to make their album as “brutal” as possible, but trying to add more atmosphere and catchy hooks. It really does make a difference in the albums “listenability”. The breakdowns are scattered throughout, and almost always used right when your ready for one.”In Sincerity” is my favorite track off of the album, combining everything that the band was doing right. Mixed clean and rough vocals, catchy hooks, atmospheric runs and a hint of keyboard?!
The vocals are nothing to blow your mind, pretty standard. Drumming was great, although very overpowering at some times. Guitars did a fantastic job of being atmospheric, catchy and intense. As always in this genre, bass player was inaudible and uninteresting.
Overall these guys excecuted well and are taking their music in the right direction. If you’re a fan of any of the bands mentioned in this review, you will find something to like, and odds are, something to hate. Well execute and presented, For the Fallen Dreams are doing their part to kill the medeocrity of deathcore.