"Primrose Path" - Dream State
Released 18th October 2019
First featured here on Bro-Metal back in January 2016, we predicted South Wales, UK’s Dream State were going to be big and one to watch!
Their hard work paid off with them landing a record deal with UNFD in 2017, who also represent big players Architects, Beartooth and While She Sleeps. Since then, Dream State have been on the road, slogging it out on tour across the UK and Europe playing hundreds of shows including UK festivals such as 2000 Trees, Slam Dunk and Download. They also received an award from Kerrang! in 2018 for Best British Breakthrough Band!
So with all this under their belt, the pressure is on to produce an album that lives up to the hype.
Fast forward to 2019 and they’re back with their debut album “Primrose Path”.
Using a Shakepearean idiom first featured in Hamlet, “Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,” Dream State set the tone for their debut - the way to success is difficult and not for the faint hearted. Do not be tempted by the easy route, often leading to self-destruction at the end. And we can see why this is fitting, Dream State pour everything they have into their music and have committed themselves completely to giving their all through their performances.
Caveat - Dream State are not my normal cup of tea but what they do, they do it very well. Lead singer CJ Gilpin sings and screams her way through honest lyrics which gives an insight into her mind and where she’s at right now. This openness allows her to connect with their fans and makes for a powerful album lyrically.
The album itself is solid and the production and mix is tight thanks to experience from producers, Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, BabyMetal) and Jaime Ward (Maybeshewill, Skepta). Electronic beats are prominent with multi-layering of sound, including choir choruses and guttural screams, which give it a strong post-2016 Bring Me The Horizon feel. My only wish is that there was more of everything - faster guitars, more distortion, more death in Gilpin’s growls.
Dream State should be proud of how far they’ve come - the album is a great debut and I’m excited to see their continued growth.
Ps - I love the album artwork
FFO: Bring Me The Horizon | Parting Gift | Polar