|Review: Dreaming Dead - Within One|
Label: Ibex Moon Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Baldr
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Dreaming Dead started in 2006 under the name Manslaughter. Since there were a ton of bands with that name, they fortunately decided to change it. They previously released an EP called Through the Eyes of Insanity under the old name, but this here is their first official full-length release. You definitely won't notice it's their first however, as the material they recorded here will make lots of veteran bands envious.
Dreaming Dead play Death Metal that's at the same time rather technical and melodic. One of their biggest influences according to some of their interviews is Death, and that definitely shows. The most obvious difference is that Dreaming Dead have a female singer, but she actually sounds like Chuck a lot of the time (I'm not yet sure if that's scary or awesome).
The band isn't a bland copy in any case, their sound nicely manages to stand on its own. Most of the material is mid-paced with the occasional detour into blast territory to spice things up. They have a good sense for melody and some of the riffs are downright amazing. The production is excellent too and supports the material perfectly. It's good to see some Death Metal bands going for a unique sound these days, especially one that isn't trying to be super brutal or super melodic. The middle-ground that made the genre big in the first place was really begging for attention recently.
There are still things the band can improve on, some riffs are only decent and not great and a few of the songs go on for a bit too long. The album is very nice on the whole though and sure to score the band some fans. If they continue on this path they'll have a bright future ahead of them.
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