Fallujah Dreamless on Limited Edition 2LP
From Fallujah's formation in 2007, the San Franciscans have melded brutality and brains into a sonic force with an unquestionable presence. Debut album, The Harvest Wombs, set the tech death world afire, with its smart brawn and well-placed jazz-rock interludes. The group's follow-up, The Flesh Prevails, further contrasted intensity with atmosphere. Tracks like "Carved from Stone," "The Night Reveals" and "Sapphire" floored fans with their dexterity, ingenuity, and ferocity. Fallujah, however, aren't content to be pigeonholed as tech death (or deathcore).
Eager to not repeat The Flesh Prevails, Fallujah set out to write a paradigm shift in the new album, Dreamless. Written largely by guitarist Scott Carstairs at his home, Dreamless represents a band at the peak of their songwriting ability. According to vocalist Alex Hoffman, songs like "The Void Alone," "Face Of Death" and "Lacuna" feature less musical arithmetic and more groove, a trait that's underscored throughout Dreamless. Instead of the rapidity and claustrophobic atmosphere of The Flesh Prevails, Fallujah's new music is clearer, stronger, yet still rife with emotion and ambiance.
Lyrically, Dreamless is Fallujah in a different light. Whereas The Flesh Prevails centered on Hofmann's personal experiences, Dreamless views things from the perspectives of others. There's also a filmic tie-in as well. In short, Dreamless features Hofmann's most revealing lyrics to date.
Dreamless was produced at Sharkbite Studios (Exodus, High On Fire) with Zack Ohren again at the helm. Having produced both The Harvest Wombs and The Flesh Prevails, Ohren made it easy for Fallujah to return. The relationship between Fallujah and Ohren is closer to brotherhood than hired studio gun. He knows how Fallujah work as a team, and how to get the best out of individual performances. He's both taskmaster and cherished mentor.
Dreamless is at once a personal and rewarding experience. While Fallujah describes their music as "aggressive and emotional," Dreamless will take Fallujah to new levels of renown. To wit, the Fog City residents are prepared to jettison the constraints of death metal while not forgetting the genre's tenets.