Okay, No pressure! Your first big review, Rian. You can do this. Here goes:
I heard of Fallujah before amongst avid conversation among metal elitists back in my high school days not so long ago. I never really sat down and listened to any of their music, so with a fresh set of ears, I was ready to hear the band’s latest release, Dreamless. To describe these guys in one sentence, imagine if Dream Theater had a baby with Whitechapel, and that’s what you’d get. The beauty amongst the crushing riffs through the use of synthesizers are the haunting vocal melodies delicately scattered throughout this record and the album really takes you on a ‘dream-like’ journey. Nobody, however, is really perfect.
The entire album sort of blends together with similar structure throughout and, even though the writing is fantastic, I feel like it became almost passé by the end. On top of it all, I couldn’t understand the vocalist. I felt as if his levels were too low in comparison to other metal records I have in my collection. The instrumentals sort of drown it out those melodies I mentioned earlier and I don’t know if it was intentional because the rest of the band can stand alone like in the title track, “Dreamless,” and the song, “Les Silences.” Both tracks are sort of a mind trip, and there were parts of the record that reminded me of the atmospheric quality of a band like Pink Floyd. What really made this record shine was the added touch of a female voice, especially in the song, “The Void Alone.” It’s by far, my absolute favourite song on this record and showcases the entire album in one fell swoop. That, however, is ultimately its downfall. When I can sum up a record in one song, what need is there to listen to the rest of it? The record sounds the same for the most part and, even though it’s fantastic, you can still have too much of a good thing. Be sure to check out Fallujah on Nuclear Blast Records.
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy