Men Dream - Absolute Zero (Self Released) By Pete.
Men Dream may not be a familiar name but lead singer Darren White
should be as, he used to front Anathema. Since The Blood Divine
split up it would seem he has been a busy man putting together
Dead Men Dream and undertaking some extensive travelling to far
flung places. With a very solid band behind him this is actually
Dead Men Dreams second demo release and the 3 tracks on
it are as powerful and emotive as you would expect. Even more
impressive is the fact that following a broken leg, guitarist
Dino was actually stretchered into the studio and laid down his
parts on a mountain of cushions and pillows. Sacred Ground starts
proceedings with a hippy sounding guitar rhythm that paves the
way for Darrens unmistakable strong vocals. His singing
style really doesnt seem much different from days gone by
and listening to this brings back all those images of former glories.
The instrumentation picks up pace throughout the track and utilises
some complex time changes that make things all the more interesting.
Absolute Zero took me by surprise as the melody really reminds
me of Alien Sex Fiend track, Break Down And Die (Acid Bath). I
really almost expected Nick Fiend to come bellowing in. Despite
this rather strange comparison the track evolves into a ballad
with guitar rhythms that mournfully nod towards Joy Division and
a powerful climatic vocal harmony that takes me back to Sleepless.
Final track Assumption is by far the heaviest offering and howls
in with a screech worthy of Wayne Hussey at his best. I really
noticed loads from those days gone by on this one. The Mission,
Sisters Of Mercy, New Model Army and Sons Of Selina could all
be cited. Needless to say this is right up my street and comes
thoroughly recommended. It would seem that we could be waiting
a while for an album as Darrens off travelling again. In
the meantime check this out here http://wakeup.to/deadmendream
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