on 10 September 2009
Killing the Dream are at the forefront of old-school hardcore's new golden age. They share some characteristics with their contemporaries, particularly Have Heart, Ruiner, Reign Supreme, Comeback Kid and even, maybe, Cursed; that does not mean that they are devoid of originality, merely that they are willing members of a genre and (ahem) a scene. Who isn't?
If you are at all familiar with KTD's earlier work, or indeed any of the other bands mentioned, then this album will, admittedly, come as no great surprise - the genre is not pushed to its limits; it is instead molded to KTD's own brand of emotive expression. Lyrically the album deals with familiar concepts: loyalty, friendship and failing relationships all get an airing; at no point, though, do they rest on tired and well used platitudes. It might not be poetry, but let's face it, who on Earth would be delving into hardcore for poetry? Intelligent and heartfelt mean more that literary excellence in this genre, and this album never dips below those standards. The music is mostly fast paced, with dirty powerchord progressions hinting at melody here and there, without ever gracing the doorstep of pop; no autotuned choruses here my good people. The vocalist has a strong scream, aggressive yet understandable.
If you like what's happening in hardcore these days then give this album a try, i'm sure it'll be on Spotify. Worth buying for the (Jacob Bannon) artwork alone.