ALBUM REVIEW: For The Fallen Dreams – Six

Release Date: February 16th 2018
Label: Rise Records
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It’s been a long old road for Detroit four-piece, For The Fallen Dreams, having been a band releasing records for almost 15 years. So, with experience and many changes to their line-up put firmly behind them, the aptly titled new record ‘Six’ marks the group’s sixth full-length album release as a band.

Having been a whole four years since we last had the pleasure of listening to their last LP ‘Heavy Hearts’, ‘Six’ sees the band back hitting the heights with an arsenal of heavy-hitting hardcore riffs and monstrous metalcore breakdowns.

Lead single ‘Stones’ opens the record up with a familiar ferocity that For The Fallen Dreams have successfully established over the years. The sonically sweeping synth lead above the grinding guitars which slice through the mix creates an anthem-like opener, not dissimilar to the early sound of Bring Me The Horizon.

The dynamic combination of interchanging guttural vocals alongside clean vocal melodies is something heard a lot of nowadays in the metalcore scene, but both Chad Ruhlig‘s and Jim Hocking‘s blend of styles seem to be brutally perfected. Their vocals alongside devastatingly dropped guitars create a sense of grandeur, with tracks like ‘The Undertow’ and ‘Burning Season’ in particular sounding bloody massive.

‘Forever’ is a blisteringly heavy track, with Ruhlig‘s raging, dirt-filled growls slithering out from the darkest of nightmares. Add to that the blood-thick bass riff and down-tempo wrecking ball drum beats, this song a complete monster, and easily one of the heaviest on the record.

The bitter-sweet dry delayed guitar on ‘Two Graves’ guides you into the pulsating 100mph hardcore verses before Hocking‘s stand-out vocals in the choruses shred the track’s softer skin in favour of a fresh, scathing intensity. ‘Hypnosis’ continues this high-pressure tempo, with both vocalists’ ripping performances shining like gold through the red-hot ferocity of dirt-ridden, down-tuned guitars.

The record continues to deliver late on into the ten-tracks. ‘Void’ and ‘The Storm’ end the album on a hell-fuelled high with no let-up, as piercing riffs and brutish breakdowns grind on ’til the death. There’s a clear sense of consistency on this record, and the group’s four-year absence shows that they’ve used that time wisely to write a killer album.

‘Six’ shows the experience and prowess of a band who have been at the grind longer than most. It packs a mighty fistful of grit and aggression, whilst showing that For The Fallen Dream still strive to better themselves with each record they release.