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The Lansing, Mich., metalcore quintet Wasted Youth unveils a fourth studio album—its first on Artery Recordings and its first with Dylan Shippey as drummer. 2012’s Wasted Youth marks a departure in the band’s all-or-nothing approach to metalcore. After a brutal attack in the verse of the opening track, “Hollow,” the song's melodic chorus has more in common with pop-punk than anything resembling metal. But this is a good thing—not only does it make for an interesting yin and yang contrast in songs like the following “Resolvent Feelings,” it adds another tier of structural dynamics as heard on the standout cut “Sober” (which opens with an electro-tinged stutter somewhat similar to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”). Further duality is perpetuated by lead screamer Dylan Richter and rhythm guitarist Kalan Blehm’s boyishly sung melodies. This is most evident in “When Push Comes to Shove,” where Richter screams his larynx raw over scattered rhythms before Blehm comes in, sounding like he’s auditioning for Blink-182. Old fans might prefer “Always About You,” where Richter handles all microphone duties.

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It only gets one because I can't give it zero.

Wasted Youth is a pretty apt description of the band members' lives. A garbage album with poor production, awful vocals, and boring instrumentals. Avoid at all costs.

What happened to this band???

Oh that's right, Andrew left!!! This band lost all the great songwriting when Andrew left (funny enough The Ghost Inside's songs became WAY better when he joined...connection?!?!)

I honestly cannot believe this is the same band (well band name) that put out Relentless, I am serverely disappointed. Every song (with the acception of the surprisingly good closer) is a rehash of something that has been done over and over and over again and again (yes the songs are as annoying as this sentence)!

Sorry to all who like this, and sorry to the band, I appreciate the effort, I just feel it did not come through :(


Keeps getting worse.. Can never beat Changes..


Formed: 2003 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lansing, Michigan's For the Fallen Dreams was founded in 2003 and features vocalist Chad Ruhlig, guitarists Jim Hocking and Jason Spencer, bassist/vocalist Joe Ellis, and drummer Andrew Tkaczyk. Taking inspiration from melodic metalcore bands such as Misery Signals, Still Remains, and It Prevails, the quintet cut their teeth with local gigging before signing a deal with Rise Records and releasing their debut full-length, Changes, in 2008. 2009's Relentless was the first to feature new vocalist Dylan...
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