There’s a general feeling at the moment that metalcore has become stagnant, with too many bands sounding the same and conforming to the trends that are popular at the time. Some bands are working hard to break free from that tag, but unfortunately that cannot be said about For The Fallen Dreams.
For a band that has had a pretty interesting sound in the past, it’s a shame to hear an album like ‘Wasted Youth’. It’s devoid of originality, with pretty basic sing-song choruses and breakdowns for the sake of breakdowns. It would be easy to say that FTFD have are suffering from Ocala syndrome; that any band that goes there seems to end up sounding exactly like A Day to Remember. FTFD do have an ex-ADTR connection in producer Tom Denney, but he was also here for 2009’s vastly more interesting ‘Back Burner’, so that can’t be it. It’s a lazy sounding album, although in reality I’m sure FTFD have spent a lot of time and effort on it.
At thirteen songs, ‘Wasted Youth’ certainly doesn’t fall short on the track length, but what it makes up for in quantity it lacks in quality. On the first listen to any album, most songs are hard to identify from each other, but on the third and fourth you’d expect to notice differences. ‘Resolvent Feelings’ and ‘Sober’, for example, are interchangeable in structure. The cleanly sung chorus sounds forced in both instances and the verse sections are unimaginative twiddles on the first few frets. The only sign of any sort of genre-breaking activity comes from the drumming by Dylan Shippey. It’s technical in places and begs for more opportunities to encapsulate on this.
For The Fallen Dreams are a band that have done well in their GCSEs, shown great promise all through their A-level years, but have drowned out of their depth at university. While they’ve graduated with a grade, it’s not enough to get them any sort of proper job and they now face the possibility of fading into obscurity should they not up their game.
Written by MG Savage