Los Angeles s a weird city. There's a lot of music that comes out of there that just...isn't good. It's a city where people have big dreams but don't seem to realize that there is a very basic sort of nihilism that pervades the entire thing. Dreaming Dead confront this head on with their music - their latest offering Funeral Twilight is a fitting reminder of the domineering power of their sound, filled with Death and oldschool melodeath worship but also hinting at a bold future for one of my favorite metal subgenres.
Funeral Twilight is beautiful in its roughness. It is a record that crashes forward crazily and has the sort of stripped back garage level production that helps to give this sort of music legitimacy. Dreaming Dead understand the fire that burns behind any good melodeath band and they infuse their sound with a heavy dose of exactly that. The chunkiness of the riffs makes them easy to dig in to and the twisted vocals, reminiscent of late period Death add a nice little spice to the songs. It makes Funeral Twilight the sort of melodic death metal record that you can really sink your teeth into and revel in.
It's easy to fall into the grooves of Funeral Twilight there is something distinctly human about the riffs and the searing might behind a track like Widowed makes it hard not to want to come back for. Given the relatively short run time on top of all of this Dreaming Dead have made an album that is an addictive fucking listen, one that you are going to want to keep coming back to because it is bite size and easily digestible, but complex enough that there are layers to be picked apart even after the first handful of spins. Get on it.
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