The new studio album by Michigan post-hardcore band For The Fallen Dreams definitely proves they still have plenty to give. Like their previous releases Changes and Relentless, Back Burner comes packed with pounding drums, catchy choruses and heavy breakdowns. This album definitely isn’t one to be ignored. The first track up on the album named ‘Say What You Will’ reassures older fans that the group are still dedicated to their style, and it’s good to see another band who are managing to match the standards in production of their previous work.
One of the stand-out tracks on the album ‘Complicate The Situation’ began, and this is definitely a track for the live shows. It comes with a sing-a-long chorus and a mental breakdown. Bodies will definitely be flying if they decide to play this track at their live shows, as well as during ‘Fist Fight’. Many people know For The Fallen Dreams as a band that they can throwdown to, with good two-step beats, sick jams and breakdowns that will have any veteran hardcore fan getting excited, but that isn’t what all of their new tracks are about; the new album comes with alot of emotion packed into it, and it is obvious to see that their songwriting has become much more mature over the time the band have been around.
Tracks like ‘Only Unopened Arms’ and ‘Yellow’ give the album a much more relaxed feel, and they help to break up what would have otherwise been a pounding album. ‘Bottom Feeders’ may surprise some fans, I would definitely see it is the softest track the band have ever released, at first I wasn’t sure what to make of it and had to give it a few listens before I started to get into it, but that’s only because it’s so different to the rest of the album.
Back Burner is definitely different to the bands previous releases, and while it may not be the most original album i’ve ever had, you should definitely check it out. I’m not sure if anybody else would agree with me but the new work sort of reminds me of early A Day To Remember. If you’re looking for an album that balances crushing breakdowns with emotion and raw passion, Back Burner is something to check out.
Overall Rating: 8/10