The debut EP by the Indianapolis, IN, quartet The Dream Is Dead bears all of the fundamental hallmarks of the saturated post-Converge/Coalesce metal-hardcore genre: the lofty song titles, the spleen-venting second-person lyrics, the melodramatic band name, and so on. Then again, the members of this group have been a part of that scene for a while, with -- -of them having been members of Harakiri and Burn it Down. This material is no drastic departure from what Burn it Down was doing, though there's a slightly greater emphasis on heavy guitars and a little less of the Dillinger Escape Plan-style technicality. Otherwise, the sound is a (by now) familiar mix of jagged rhythms, willfully dissonant guitars, and throat-abusing vocal ranting, with a just under the surface emo vibe. It's ok, but this band will need to come up with something less generic and more memorable come their full-length debut if they want to stand out from among glut of noisy, semi-technical metallic hardcore that's out there.
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AllMusic Review by William York