The consistent formula of blending electronics with heavy music seems to live on well into 2013. Australian metalcore outfit Dream On, Dreamer are the latest up-and-coming band to champion this sound. With their latest effort, ‘Loveless’, the band make no exceptions, continuing their diverse sound whilst looking to become comfortable with it in the process.
Finely produced and still maintaining the chosen diversity of sound, Dream On, Dreamer open up their sophomore LP with urgent melody and emotional, distant vocals. ‘The World In Front Of Me’ comes at the forefront of the band’s sound, throwing the atmospheric, emotive electronics and noticeable guitar leads, attempting to successfully convince the listener that this particular record is going to be ‘the one’. Unfortunately, for Dream On, Dreamer, that seems to be the case for just about the whole record.
The band does succeed in achieving specific subject matter on ‘love’, for instance tracks such as ‘Neverlove’ and ‘Hear Me Out’. The execution of these subject matters, however, can be polarising. Musically, the rhythm section achieves some laudable melodic distribution and rhythm. Vocally, however, the over-accessibility of the clean vocals slowly becomes irritable as the album plays by, a criticism which seems prevalent in many areas of this mash up genre.
‘Loveless’ is by no means a terrible record, even with its overpowering and somewhat monotonous consistency of formula. Rather, the record tries far too hard to convince the listener. The prominent production, overly atmospheric value of the clean vocals and electronics, only succeeds in convincing the listener that this is simply another electronic-metal mash up. When, realistically, Dream On, Dreamer should be attempting to establish a foothold within the foresaid genre.
With such an abundance of criticism, this record does offer hope, even if it’s only minor. Tracks such as ‘Moving On, Moving Far’ showcase the band performing an impressive opening riff, only to be interrupted by the, yet again, overwhelming clean vocals. There is certain rhythmic and heavy musical talent in Dream On, Dreamer, if only it could be established sufficiently.
Dream On, Dreamer unfortunately conjure up another mash up record in which, perhaps, should’ve amounted to something else. With overbearing, overpowering and overwhelming clean vocals, electronics use and consistent sound formula, the band simply fall short of what could of being an important record. ‘Loveless’ is not a terrible record, as it has its minor points of showcases musical ability. It is, however, another brick in the wall of an over-saturated genre.
Written by Calv Robinson