Review: Dream On, Dreamer – Loveless

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Artist: Dream On, Dreamer
Album: Loveless
Rating: 10/10

Track List:
1. Loveless
2. The World In Front of Me
3. Foundations
4. Infinity
5. Hear Me Out
6. Neverlove
7. Moving On Moving Far
8. Evol
9. Black Maine
10. The Tracks We Leave Behind

Australian post-hardcore outfit Dream On, Dreamer are a band who need no introduction with fans of the post-hardcore & metalcore genres. They solidified themselves as a household name with the release of their incredible UNFD debut album “Heartbound”. With each new album, comes a bit of growth as musicians, as people and in life in general, DO, D is no exception. Just a mere 2 years after the release of their debut full-length, the band is gearing up to unleash “Loveless” upon the world! Now, I’ve seen a lot of people saying that this album is stale, boring and repetitive. However, that’s simply not the case. At first listen, it may seem that way but when you listen to it more and more, you will realize there are always things about the album that you missed. Whether it be guitar solos, haunting melodies, powerful and gut-wrenching screams or anything in between, this album has it. With the release of the first single “The World In Front of Me”, we saw a rebirth of the Dream On, Dreamer we thought we knew. The individual parts are honed to show you that “Heartbound” was only the beginning. You see the band start to explore different directions, some of which you’ll find yourself loving and others you won’t, but that comes with the territory. But what sets this album apart from the others of it’s kind? Let’s take a short look.

Key Tracks:

The World In Front of Me: The first single from the album and still the song I find myself replaying the most. The lyrics are about taking the proverbial bull by the horns and not letting anything stand in your way. If you feel like you’re failing, keep pushing forward and show the non-believers that you can do better than they ever could have dreamed. It’s about teaching the next generation of leaders to stand up for what they believe in and never letting go of your dreams. This is both a heavier and more melodic side of Dream On, Dreamer than we have previously seen.

Hear Me Out: This track clocks in at over 5 minutes and is arguably one of the most beautiful and melodic tracks the band has ever created. This track is about saving someone from suicide. It’s about feeling along, but always having someone near to pull you back from the edge. This track gives me chills and makes me cry every time I hear it, admittedly. Easily one of my favorites on the album.

Evol: This track has been called the “Come Home True Love” of this album. For those of you who don’t know, the track was one of the fan favorites off of “Heartbound”. This track is about fighting the good and evils within yourself and bettering yourself for another person. Yes, for the people who have pointed this out, “Evol” is Love spelled backwards, but the title of the track has extreme relevance to the lyrics. Love is, at it’s most pure, both good and evil. It can be the most beautiful thing in the world, as well as the most destructive. Don’t let yourself fall away from who you truly are because of love, always remain true to yourself. True love will find you when it’s ready. Never give up hope.

The Tracks We Leave Behind: The final and longest track on the album is one that hits home hard. As the title suggests, it’s about living your life to the fullest and leaving something for people to remember you by. Heroes live on, but Legends never die. The more you do with your life, the more people will remember you and keep your memory alive long after you’ve left this world. So ask yourself this question: “What do I want to do with my life?” Don’t settle for anything less than your TRUE passions, your TRUE hobbies and your TRUE life experiences because in the end, all we leave behind are memories.

Final Thoughts:
I honestly wasn’t too keen on this album when I listened to it the first time. However, the more I listened, the more I found it growing on me. These are the types of songs that I want our generation to be remembered for, not these pop & rap pieces of garbage being released these days. These songs have a meaning, a purpose in their genre and a message to spread. So do yourselves all a favor and go pick up “Loveless” when it’s released tomorrow, June 28th, 2013 on UNFD!

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