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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B000000H2L
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Hazeldine on 22 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most people may only know of Benediction for two things:
1) Giving Napalm Death Barney
2) Giving Bolt Thrower Dave Ingram
Well, it looks like they've not been too lucky with their frontmen.
Their first album came out around 1990, when Napalm Death did Harmony Corruption, and after that, Barney felt that Napalm were better for him, and so Benediction gained dave Ingram ready for album 2 'The Grand Leveller' This started a few good things for the band, until they became slightly underground.
This release comes in the middle of that period, and is the album before 'Grind Bastard', the album that took them back above ground.
The only reason why I call this a departure is the tempo of the album. Almost every other Benediction album (to my knowledge) is a fast death metal affair. This however, has a slow feel to it, which brings to mind the themes of doom metal (like My Dying Bride, or very early Paradise Lost).
This is not a bad thing. The music fits the atmosphere of the album, as the first song (Down On Whores) is taken from excerpts of Jack The Rippers diary....
This sort of theme extends to the rest of the tracks, including the catchy 'Griefgiver', 'Denial', 'Negative Growth', and the title track 'Dreams You Dread'.
The guitars keep their death metal low-end sound, and the drums add that small element of grind that would develop in the next album. The vocals are typically low and indecipherable.
This album doesn't seem to feature much solo work, though, whcih I find a shame, but doesn't detract from the impact of the music.
Altogether a more dirgesome affair, similar to something like Morbid Angel's 'Gateways To Annihilation' in it's theme and execution, but of a much more doom-styled (and typically British) emotion running throughout.
Possibly not the best work from this band, but definately one of the more original...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good release, not their best 8 Sept. 2004
By Death Metal90 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album I hated it. The songs are mostly slow grinding heavy and not extremely fast like the older albums Subconscious Terror and Transcend the Rubicon. However,The Dreams you Dread kind of grows on you after several listens. The first track "Down on Whores(leave them all for dead)" begins with an awesome dark clean guitar intro then the heavy mid paced death riffs begin. Standout songs are "Down on Whores", "Where Flies are Born" "Path of the Serpent" and "Negative Growth", in Negative Growth, thre is a killer break in the middle where the music stops and the drummer hits the cymbals and cues the guitars to come in with a cool sounding semi-technical riff.

Benediction know how to write good Black Sabbath/Celtic Frost inspired Deathmetal with plenty of slow heavy riffs. Overall, this is not near as good as their first 3 albums, but this album does have some good moments and is worth checking out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't compare to other albums, just listen 23 Feb. 2010
By Denne Craddock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think the problem with this release is it's constantly being compared to the releases Benediction did prior to it. I also clicked the 5 stars, although I would actually say 4.5 rather than a true 5. No this isn't Subconscious Terror or Transcend the Rubicon but it's more than worthy of standing on it's own and being a solid Benediction release. I just see more references to S.T. or T.T.R. than about Dreams You Dread in the other reviews, which doesn't seem to give it a fair voice. It's good to see a band expand and grow musically, therefore making different sounding albums. So far, only AC/DC can use the same exact music but change the lyrics and have a consistent string of releases. Otherwise, when bands just recycle the same old riffs and the same style from their prior albums, their music can get stale and old. I mean who really wants to listen to the same things over and over? Sometimes you want heavy music rather than speed to get your adrenaline flowing.

If you like heavy, grinding, riff laden metal, then you'll like this album. There isn't a single bad song here, Dave Ingram pounds out deathly gutteral vocals while Darren Brookes and Peter Rew lay the guitars on thick. Frank Healy has some killer bass parts throughout the album rather than being hidden underneath and drummer Neil Hutton is vastly underrated in my opinion. Why these guys aren't more well known or given more notoriety, I don't know because they're musically more talented than many.

Stand out songs are Down on Whores (Leave Them All For Dead), Where Flies are Born, Negative Growth, and Path of the Serpent. Overall, nearly 46 minutes of crunching music you would play and bang your head to.
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Benediction redefine themselves... brilliantly 28 Nov. 2013
By Tom P. the Underground Navigator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
By the mid-'90s, Birmingham, England's Benediction were at the forefront of the worldwide death metal scene. So many other once-great bands in this style had either drastically altered their sound, or, in some cases, even abandoned the genre altogether. Benediction, on the other hand, already veterans by this point with three LPs and two EPs under their belt, had only grown stronger.

The band entered Rhythm Studios in February of 1995 (under the direction of noted producer Paul Johnson) and emerged with their fourth full-length "the Dreams You Dread." I have read some less than favorable reviews of this one elsewhere on the internet, several suggesting that the band had in some way "sold out" or lost their trademark raw edge, but I couldn't disagree more. I think that what they did here was succeed in redefining their sound, by capitalizing on the strengths that were always there, all the while sounding more distinctive and original than ever.

The general consensus seems to be that 1993's "Transcend the Rubicon" was the band's finest hour and therefore could not be topped. As great as that one was, I think I actually like "the Dreams You Dread" better and find the songs to be more immediate and catchier. And unlike some, I personally love what Dave Ingram has done with his vocal delivery this time around. While he still retains the abrasive quality of his past guttural growls, he has streamlined them and made them more precise and decipherable, enunciating every vocal line perfectly. What a throat this guy possesses. And the rest of the band turn in performances of an equally high caliber. The emphasis here is not so much on gut-wrenching brutality as in the past, but rather on the power and strength of those RIFFS, of longtime guitarists Peter Rew and Darren Brookes. They are caustic, razor sharp and deadly, forever ingraining themselves on the listener's consciousness with each repeated airing. And bassist Frank Healy (formerly of Cerebral Fix) proves to be no slouch either, as his tone is always present in the mix, and only adds to the record's sinister atmosphere. Finally, while new drummer Neil Hutton had big shoes to fill, replacing previous skinsman Ian Treacy, I'm glad to report that he passes with flying colors and delivers in spades, always keeping time and rhythm intact with each successive song/detonation.

Finally, you must buy the original pressing of this album because it is the only one that includes Dave Ingram's lyrics, and they are always a delight to read. They are very dark, obscure and esoteric. Case in point, from track number 10 "Saneless Theory": "Those detractors unnatural order/Erratic recursion of thought/Irrational change, the aspect of life/Chaotic order sought." Pinpointing the exact meaning behind Dave's lyrics like these is not always easy, as they are purposely written in an abstract sort of prose. But that's part of the fun of reading them. The lyric booklet makes for a great all-around package to the CD.

For all these reasons, I find "the Dreams You Dread" to be a brilliant album. I can listen to the whole thing and be engrossed for its duration, whereas with lesser bands, your finger is constantly twitching to hit the "Skip" button. Not so here. Each song has its own identity and separates itself from the next. I can't name exact stand-outs because the whole CD is strong. All in all, a classic release for mid-'90s death metal, and Benediction has never sounded better. Only the highest recommendation for this one.
Decent album, but a step down from prior efforts 27 Jun. 2007
By Zander Haberstaft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Transcend the Rubicon" was the undisputed best Benediction release by the time this album came out. "Dreams" starts out with the mega slow "Down on Whores" (which features a really cool bass line in the beginning.) The second track "Certified" brings in some of the more "Rubicon" flavor with its mid-tempo speed and variation and also clocking in at under 3 minutes. Ingram's voice is in a little bit higher range than previous albums but still sounds good. There are some good guitar riffs here and there ("Griefgiver" and "Negative Growth" for example), but often the bad riffs continue on in a loop or are played for far too long. The bass stands out a little bit more in this album than previous offerings (with the possible exception of "Grand Leveller" which had its standout bass moments.) The drumming is quite a bit different from other Benediction releases in that the drums do some pretty strange and often cool things (check out parts on "Soulstream" and "Where Flies Are Born").

The biggest problem with "Dreams You Dread" is the album doesn't have much consistency. There are some decent songs, I don't think there is one bad song, but there are no standout songs either. The album flows together too well and isn't like "Transcend the Rubicon" in terms of kicking it from beginning to end. Luckily with the next release "Grind Bastard" they'd make up for all these flaws. Decent but not essential album.
Heavy as always 3 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a disappointment. It's not Benediction's worst album. It's quite good album but if you want Benediction's best album purchase TRANSCEND THE RUBICON CD from 93. It is brutal and heavy. An essential slab of mayhem!
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