Dream Collage Shoots for the Stars| Posted June 22, 2017
From the ashes of a long-neglected Christian Rock field comes Dream Collage. Wielding sounds from veterans before them, they're charging the rock scene with a release that juggles the aggressive and the melodic in every track.
There's almost a sonic battle going on through Ripple Effect, with a ballad-like rock sound often giving way to visceral screams that would make Red proud. And while the mixing of the two isn't really revolutionary, many comparable bands separate their tunes: heavy rock over here, ballads over here, with only occasional mixing going on. Here, even the mostly spoken word "Visions" erupts into gruff growls by the song's climactic conclusion.
Musically, the vocals lean a lot more towards screamo than the more polished rock musicianship would initially lead you to believe. I was hoping for some of the songs to rise above the others at times, but each of the cuts is still a well-crafted piece of art. With fewer and fewer albums coming out for fans of the harder side of faith-based music, Dream Collage might be an oasis fans have been looking for.
The Bottom Line: With a dynamic mix of soft and fierce in the tradition of Disciple, Dream Collage has launched quite the musical attention-grabber.