By Guest Contributor Juan Hernandez
Band: I, The Dreamer.
Album: Shadow Hearts EP
Genre; Post-Hardcore, Alternative
It seems like some post-hardcore bands in the current era have ditched the “post” part of the genre and have gone down the heavier, metal-inspired rabbit hole. It’s a scene that is so saturated with garage bands that sound metal, many of us just get annoyed, and frankly bored, at the Djent/metalcore overtaking. It’s like what mumble rap is to hip-hop heads. I, The Dreamer bring back the fundamentals of the waning post-hardcore scene. It’s aggressive and fluid but not forced to a grind; its not a slouch and it has that great harmonious seasoning that I personally love. More importantly, it’s not repetitive. The album has great production for an EP from a band that seems to have no presence online, and while it does not break new ground in the sense of originality, you can pick it up and say Shadow Hearts is an album that a lot of bands would struggle to make because it’s not hidden behind faux hard noise that takes away from the musicianship. The vocals are a big standout, and I seriously thought Christian Lindskog (Blindside) was fronting this band. I SWORE it was him; the vocals are so damn similar. It’s not, but I can say this would have been a great comeback for Lindskog because I, The Dreamer picks up where the scene should be going. Despite my earlier criticism of the heaviness in the post-hardcore, there is an obvious misstep that I, The Dreamer have the opportunity to capitalize on. I feel they can go a bit more aggressive and give that chain some slack on their full-length album. It’s not to say that this album is missing anything important. Shadow Hearts is an album which is not based on the ability to produce a harder sound in the post-Hardcore scene, but one to show you can add a serious punch without compromise.
Who is this for? Those that miss the good days of energy driven, post-hardcore sound that bands overseas like Funeral For A friend and Blindside are known for.
Standout songs: I absolutely LOVE “The Black And White Of Sleepless Nights.” It’s the more mainstream song on the album but I really feel it brings out the bendability of the band’s talent. Honestly, it’s become of my favorites, not just in the album, but in general. “A Dangerous Thing, Rise” really pushes the band’s sense of urgency with the instrumentals, and the vocals keep it paced so well. “Echoes” is the most melodic song on the album. It’s bouncy and poppy and could easily be played on the air. Finally, “Fearless” is the band’s most outward reach into the metalcore sound, and it’s what really gave me that feeling I spoke about earlier about getting a bit more aggressive.
Buy Shadow Hearts here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shadow-hearts-ep/id1273911394
Released via Standby Records