Killing the Dream - Fractures (Cover Artwork)

Killing the Dream

Killing the Dream: FracturesFractures (2008)
Deathwish Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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When Killing the Dream play live, they cement all the youth-crew revival comparisons they're tagged with, as competent as they do sound. However, on record they're an entirely different beast (maybe aside from "We Were" here). Killing the Dream play with darker guitar tones and become a much more in.
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When Killing the Dream play live, they cement all the youth-crew revival comparisons they're tagged with, as competent as they do sound. However, on record they're an entirely different beast (maybe aside from "We Were" here). Killing the Dream play with darker guitar tones and become a much more intense, throttling monster that takes them from grounds comfortable with their peers and into territory that refreshingly doesn't seem entirely familiar.

Killing the Dream always seem to have a sort of cloudy, ragged recording to their records, which is a likely contributing factor. Here, it's J. Robbins' doing, and oddly enough it fits the band closer than his last work on a hardcore album -- Modern Life Is War's Midnight in America. Fractures is simply smothering, but not without dynamic production tricks, Eli Horner's raspy, unrelenting scream and the band's frequent tempo and tone changes.

Throughout Fractures, Killing the Dream offer moments of brooding and weird guitar melodies that sound more out of a Cave In record than anything (the title track), as well as horrifyingly bass-heavy dirges ("Everything But Everything"). They seem wonderfully capable of playing slow and methodical (the well-executed buildup beginning of "Holding the Claws") as well as at a blast-away frequency ("Hang the Jury").

They also manage to somehow take the typically banal hardcore lyric and make it sound convincing, with this no more evident than in the effective "Thirty Four Seconds": From the opening line "I should have fucking known you are who you fuck" to the spine-tingling, frustrated outburst of "I've never fucking said it before. / I've never fucking meant it more. / Fuck you. / Fuck all of you." at the end, KTD get away with f-bomb laden murder to an unusually accomplished degree.

Fractures is admittedly a bit short on memorability, its sad/angry bastard narratives operating on pure fury, angst and disgust that are crystal clear in the moment but rough to recall further down the line.

Fractures proves Killing the Dream isn't quite a no-frills band, but that's perfectly fine. It's likely their most accomplished and ambitious work yet easily retains the intensity that's been prevalent through their albums, something that isn't always said for their compatriots both past and present.

Thirty Four Seconds


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14theroad (July 16, 2008)

I actually gave it a four star rating. I don't know why two came up.

14theroad (July 16, 2008)

This is the kind of record you turn to when you're really pissed about something. While I'm usually never stoked on the over use of swearing. Here, it absolutely makes perfect sense. I think it's because we're often used to hearing it in songs that don't need it. Where it's only purpose is to fill a gap in the cadence. But it just makes it sound that much more urgent on this record. This album would make most people feel uncomfortable, and that's pretty appealing.

thus_spoke_sean (July 16, 2008)

i mean:

i DIG the album ART, but did anyone....

thus_spoke_sean (July 16, 2008)

i was never too big on these guys.

also, i did the album, but did anyone see the full print jacob did for this? somehow i didn't really dig on that.

mattp330 (July 15, 2008)

this album is definitly smothering, but in a great way. love it

KiwiFruit (July 15, 2008)

A little bit harsh maybe.

onegirlarmy (July 15, 2008)

I personally think this album is pretty damn fantastic.

bytheslice (July 15, 2008)

I always liked this band, but I was never huge into them. I have their previous album, but I haven't listened to it in a long time. They always reminded me of Integrity (a very good thing).

Due to Deathwish's track record, I will be buying this for sure.

allon (July 15, 2008)

i like the use of a few more melodies this time around, but for the most part all of their songs sound too much alike. the band plays really tight and thew recording is swell too, but i can't really get into the singer's voice or the lyrics. some of the substance gets lost when you curse so effing much.

SCjames (July 15, 2008)

it sounds exactly like in place, apart

Archangel (July 15, 2008)

Why haven't I gotten this yet? I fail.

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