For the Fallen Dreams

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For the Fallen Dreams
For the Fallen Dreams NSD! 2012 Cologne.JPG
For the Fallen Dreams performing on the Never Say Die! Tour 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
Background information
Origin Lansing, Michigan, United States[1][2]
Genres Metalcore, melodic hardcore
Years active 2003-present
Labels Artery Recordings, Rise
Members Chad Ruhlig
Jim Hocking
Navid Naghdi
Brandon Stastny

For the Fallen Dreams is an American metalcore/melodic hardcore band from Lansing, Michigan,[1][2] formed in 2003. In early 2012, they signed with Artery Recordings, but re-signed with Rise Records in 2014.[2]

They have released three demos, a self-titled extended play, and five full-length albums, Changes (2008), Relentless (2009), Back Burner (2011), Wasted Youth (2012) and Heavy Hearts (2014). Relentless charted at number 29 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers.[3]


The band formed in 2003 as a deathcore group with members Aaron Long on vocals, Chris Ash on bass, Andrew Tkaczyk on drums, Chris Croll and Jim Hocking on guitars.

After playing shows in the Lansing area, and replacing Long with Andrew Juhl on vocals, the band put out their first release in 2005, a self-titled EP with four tracks, and held a CD release show. The band subsequently endured further lineup changes, and in 2007, put out an EP titled New Beginnings. This was the first release with Chad Ruhlig on vocals, who originally played bass for the band.

After this, the group recruited Marcus Morgan on rhythm guitar and began work on their first full-length album, Changes, which was released through Rise Records in 2008. After Ruhlig left the band in the same year, the band obtained Dylan Richter who was formerly the vocalist of the metalcore band From Under the Gallows. For the Fallen Dreams recorded and released the album Relentless in 2009.

In February 2011, Tkaczyk left the band to pursue other musical opportunities and subsequently joined The Ghost Inside. For the Fallen Dreams recorded their third full-length album, Back Burner, in Ocala, Florida, with ex-A Day to Remember guitarist Tom Denney handling production and mixing duties. The album was released on May 24, 2011, through Rise Records.

In early 2012, they recorded Wasted Youth for Artery Recordings, again with Denney; it was released on July 17, 2012. The song "Hollow" from the album was released as a single on May 16, 2012.

Dylan Richter announced his departure from the band on January 8, 2013.

Chad Ruhlig returned to the band as lead vocalist the next month, on February 22. Later, with the announcement of the return of Ruhlig, former drummer and primary songwriter Andrew Tkaczyk returned to the band to record their fifth album as a session member.

In March, 2013, the band re-signed with Rise Records.

On May 7, For the Fallen Dreams released a new single titled, "Substance" which was the first song to be released with vocalist Chad Ruhlig since their debut album, Changes.

The band announced in June 2013 that they would be recording their fifth album with Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Studios in Bay City, Michigan.

After a reveal in January 2014 by Rise Records, the band's fifth and most recent full length record, Heavy Hearts, was released on April 8, 2014.


Current members
  • Chad Ruhlig – lead vocals (2006-2008, 2013–present) bass (2005)
  • Jim Hocking – lead guitar (2003–present), clean vocals (2013–present)
  • Brandon Stastny – bass, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Navid Naghdi – drums (2013–present)


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions


Hard Rock
2008 Changes
  • Released: January 8, 2008
  • Label: Rise
  • Format: CD, digital download
2009 Relentless
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Rise
  • Format: CD, digital download
2011 Back Burner
  • Released: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Rise
  • Format: CD, digital download
187 4 28 46 10
2012 Wasted Youth
  • Released: July 17, 2012
  • Label: Artery
  • Format: CD, digital download
176 6 31 16
2014 Heavy Hearts[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
  • Released: April 4, 2014
  • Label: Rise
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
162 3 27 33 12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Date of release Title Label
2004 Dead As the Rest (Demo) Self-Released
2005 For the Fallen Dreams (Demo)
2007 New Beginnings



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [not in citation given] Database (n.d.). "For The Fallen Dreams". MTV. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff (February 4, 2012). "For The Fallen Dreams Signs with Artery Records". Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ [not in citation given] Database. "Relentless – For the Fallen Dreams". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "For the Fallen Dreams – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "For the Fallen Dreams – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "For the Fallen Dreams – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "For the Fallen Dreams – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "For the Fallen Dreams – Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts - Alternative Press". 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  10. ^ "For The Fallen Dreams – Heavy Hearts (2014) » download by". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  11. ^ "The Drop: For The Fallen Dreams Return With "Heavy Hearts"". 303 Magazine. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  12. ^ "For The Fallen Dreams Stream New Song, "Dream Eater"". Under the Gun Review. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  13. ^ comments policy  9  comments posted. "Heavy Hearts Review | For The Fallen Dreams | Compact Discs | Reviews @". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  14. ^ "For The Fallen Dreams Heavy Hearts Billboard debut". Lambgoat. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  15. ^ For the Fallen Dreams (2014-04-08). "Heavy Hearts - For the Fallen Dreams | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 

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