April 2016 Album of the Month: Fallujah’s Dreamless

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

A band that has rightly been claiming some buzz over the past few years is that of Fallujah. With their third full-length now on the streets, it’s clear that there are many that hold the band in high regard. Even here at DR, where album of the month picks are usually quite deadlocked, Fallujah was quite clearly the choice of our staff (four of us gave it a top billing) and it scored a rare perfect score. All for good reason, as Dreamless takes Fallujah’s atmospheric tendencies and really takes them to the next level, while keeping things just as heavy as they have been. Expect this one to stick around many year-end lists come wintertime.

An excerpt from Kyle McGinn’s 10/10 review, which posted on April 11, 2016:

With their third full-length, Fallujah cements the idea that they have developed their own sound and are willing to take it in new, yet familiar directions. They have established a sound that is distinctly Fallujah, which is quite a feat for a relatively young act. The moment that the guitars pick up on opener “Face of Death,” there’s an instant identification there. But fear not, this isn’t The Flesh Prevails Part II. The band has really honed in on the ebb and flow of the music, which feels even more seamless than before. It feels a bit darker and more frenzied off the bat, with “Adrenaline” providing a visceral mood that is only slightly offset by the gorgeous leadwork. Tracks like “Wind for Wings” and “Abandon” show a more rounded effort, with a blend of ambiance, serenity melodies, and the crushing weight of the riffs. The former using some guest cleans from Mike Semesky to further up the melodic sensibilities. There’s also some further experimentation with electronic ambiance, with “Les Silences” and “Fidelio” providing some mellower segments for the listener to take a break.

Cementing the case for death metal as art, listening to Dreamless creates an emotional impact more meaningful and lasting than sheer adrenaline alone. There’s no denying the intricate playing and deathly core, but what makes Fallujah special is that sense of awe that they generate at the same time. There’s a sense of wonder and mystery that is unparalleled when compared with other bands in the genre. Dreamless provides the proof that Fallujah is in it for the long-term as innovators, and deserving of the accolades being thrown their way.

Read the entire review HERE.

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