The Dream (In This Moment album)

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The Dream
Studio album by In This Moment
Released September 30, 2008
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock[1]
Length 42:50
Label Century Media
Producer Kevin Churko
In This Moment chronology
Beautiful Tragedy
(2007)
The Dream
(2008)
A Star-Crossed Wasteland
(2010)
Alternative cover
The Ultra Violet Edition
Singles from The Dream
  1. "Forever"
    Released: September 2008
  2. "Call Me"
    Released: May 26, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 4.0/5 stars[3]
The Cleveland Leader (Favorable)[4]
PopMatters (7/10)[5]

The Dream is the second album by the American metalcore band In This Moment. The Dream, unlike their last album, features more use of clean vocals and harmonization rather than Maria Brink's high-pitched screams. The first single, "Forever", premiered on the band's Myspace page in August.

The album debuted at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first week sales of more than 8,000 copies.[6]

Background[edit]

Production[edit]

Writing for The Dream began in late 2007 and recording in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2008. Kevin Churko was enlisted as producer, due to his diverse collaborations with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, and Britney Spears.

Style[edit]

The most notable differences between The Dream and Beautiful Tragedy are the missing metalcore elements and the ditching of Maria Brink’s screams in favor of more singing. The sound took a more '80s inspired hard rock approach mixed with melodic metal. Brink describes the change more challenging and comfortable. In an interview with MTV, Brink explains:

"As a vocalist, screaming always came really easy for me — it wasn't much of a challenge, it just came out of me. The singing vocals were always more challenging. People always complimented me on my scream, but I didn't get a lot of feedback on my singing, so I just wanted to challenge myself a lot more on this record."[7]

Concept[edit]

Chris Howorth notes: "The basic idea behind calling our new album The Dream is that inside dreams anything can happen, all the things that seem impossible or unreachable in the 'real world' become a reality in your dreams. We wanted to make a record that you can lay down with, shut off the lights and have a total outerbody experience. We also wanted the record to be like a rollercoaster ride with explosive highs, beautiful lows and everything in between."[8]

Promotion and tour[edit]

Singles and videos[edit]

The Dream '​s first single was "Forever", which was released in August while the music video appeared weeks later. The video was directed by David Brodsky and features the band performing near the ocean and scenes of Maria underwater, which was filmed in a huge aquarium.[9]

The band had been eyeing "Lost at Sea" or "Mechanical Love" as the second single, however it was announced that their cover of Blondie's "Call Me" will replace a track off The Dream as a single. The "Call Me" single was released on iTunes on May 26, 2009. The video was shot in the UK and released on June 23, 2009.

Tour information[edit]

In support of The Dream, the band kicked off a North American trek with Five Finger Death Punch and Bury Your Dead in October. In early 2009, they joined as a support act for Mudvayne and Nonpoint before heading to the UK in the spring for the Give It a Name tour. They were also a part of the summer’s Warped Tour lineup, performing at the Ernie Ball stage.

The band kicked off its first headlining tour called A Winter to Remember in November 2009 with Motionless In White, In Fear and Faith, and We Are Machines. Jesse Landry had parted ways with the band prior to the tour and has been replaced with Kyle Konkiel. The band placed a survey on their Myspace and allowed the fans to vote on what the wanted them to play. The set list included "All for You", "Her Kiss", "Forever", "The Great Divide", "Beautiful Tragedy", "Prayers", "Into the Light", along with others. They finished with an encore of "Daddy's Falling Angel" complete with circle pit.

Re-release[edit]

The Dream was first re-released in the UK on April 13, 2009 to promote the band's appearance on the Give It a Name tour. In addition to "Call Me", two B-sides from The Dream sessions were included as bonus tracks, "A Dying Star" and "Sailing Away". These two tracks were meant to be included on the album but later omitted in favor of "Lost at Sea" and "The Dream".[10]

An expanded reissue called The Ultra Violet Edition was released in the US on June 30, 2009 in time for their Warped Tour appearance. It contains new artwork and an additional disc of unreleased tracks and video footage. It is now out of print

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Maria Brink, all music composed by In This Moment and Kevin Churko.

Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "The Rabbit Hole"   1:00
2. "Forever"   4:21
3. "All for You"   4:55
4. "Lost at Sea"   3:46
5. "Mechanical Love"   3:37
6. "Her Kiss"   4:30
7. "Into the Light"   4:12
8. "You Always Believed"   3:40
9. "The Great Divide"   4:11
10. "Violet Skies"   3:56
11. "The Dream"   4:42
Total length:
42:50

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008)[11] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 73
Top Hard Rock Albums 12

References[edit]