Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

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Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise
The Dear Hunter - Act IV Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2015
Recorded2015
GenreProgressive rock, indie rock, symphonic rock, experimental rock
Length74:24
LabelEqual Vision Records
ProducerCasey Crescenzo
The Dear Hunter chronology
Migrant
(2013)
Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise
(2015)
Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
(2016)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[2]
Consequence Of SoundB-[3]
PopMatters9/10 stars[4]
PunkNews.org3/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[6]

Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Dear Hunter, and was released on September 4, 2015 through Equal Vision Records.[7] The album is the fourth part in a six-act story.[8] The story follows the conclusion of Act III: Life and Death, in which the protagonist assumes the identity of his deceased half-brother after the resolution of the First World War.[9]

Development[edit]

On March 3, 2015, Casey Crescenzo made an announcement on The Dear Hunter website that Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise was in development.

"I wanted to surprise our fans with this release, as it is my gift to you all, for supporting me over the years, and never giving up on me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued faith in The Dear Hunter. I want to humbly ask you all to share this letter. Word of mouth has always been the lifeblood of this music, and the suggestions of good friends always outweigh a well placed banner ad. I leave you all now, scurrying back into my cave with my nose to the grindstone, preparing the next record for The Dear Hunter… It is coming along swimmingly, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Please keep your eyes peeled for Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, coming later this year."[10]

On April 7, 2015, Casey began putting videos on YouTube regarding The Dear Hunter's 2015 Act II and III tour. These videos also contained teasers for Act IV. He released eight videos, with the last video being uploaded April 24.[11]

On June 16, the single "A Night on the Town" became available for streaming on the band's official website, and the album became available for preorder.[12]

On July 8, The Dear Hunter announced their forthcoming single "Waves", which was released the following day.

Another single entitled "Wait" was released almost a month later, August 7[13]

The album debuted at #39 on the Billboard 200 selling approximately 7,000 copies - both figures are career-highs for the band.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Casey Crescenzo[14].

No.TitleLength
1."Rebirth"2:51
2."The Old Haunt"4:36
3."Waves"4:12
4."At the End of the Earth"5:16
5."Remembered"3:50
6."A Night on the Town"9:00
7."Is There Anybody Here?"6:42
8."The Squeaky Wheel"4:35
9."The Bitter Suite IV and V: The Congregation and the Sermon in the Silt"5:40
10."The Bitter Suite VI: Abandon"5:32
11."King of Swords (Reversed)"5:07
12."If All Goes Well"4:41
13."The Line"3:37
14."Wait"3:20
15."Ouroboros"5:25
Total length:74:24

Personnel[15][edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ Z.Yeung, Neil [1] September 9, 2015
  2. ^ Leak, Brian. Alternative Press Act IV Review September 4, 2015
  3. ^ Brennan, Collin. Consequence of Sound Act IV Review September 1, 2015
  4. ^ Blum, Jordan. PopMatters Act IV Review September 9, 2015
  5. ^ PunkNews Act IV Review September 1, 2015
  6. ^ D.Gerhart, Thompson. SputnikMusic Act IV Review September 11, 2015
  7. ^ Act IV Information equalvision.com. Retrieved June 20, 2015
  8. ^ Interview with Casey Crescenzo absolutepunk.net April 28, 2007
  9. ^ "The Complete Story Song By Song: - The Acts". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  10. ^ Announcement posted on The Dear Hunter subreddit reddit.com March 3, 2015
  11. ^ "TheDearHunterVideos". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  12. ^ The Dear Hunter Official Website Retrieved June 20, 2015
  13. ^ "The Dear Hunter - Timeline - Facebook". Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise (CD liner). Equal Vision Records. 4 September 2015.
  16. ^ "The Dear Hunter Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2015.