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Puppet

The Dreaming Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epochal Artists Rec.
  • ASIN: B005NSROQW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from this Alt-Rock band featuring former members of Stabbing Westward and Murderdolls. Formed in 2005 by frontman Christopher Hall, the voice behind platinum Rock outfit Stabbing Westward, The Dreaming assembles and all-star roster of musicians including Johnny Haro on drums (ex-Econoline Crush, Stabbing Westward), guitarist Eric Griffin (ex-Murderdolls, Wednesday 13), and bassist Martin Kelly (ex-Living Dead Lights). Since their inception, The Dreaming have become road warriors relentlessly touring with the likes of Ill Nino, Godhead, RA, Trust Company, Flaw, Julien-K, Powerman 5000 and Wednesday 13.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the true sound of The Dreaming November 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
After listening to the whole album several times, I have to say that Puppet does indeed blow Etched In Blood out of the water, and Etched In Blood was an amazing record. As Christopher Hall has noted in several interviews, Etched In Blood was not intended to be the crushing pop-metal that it was. Due to the influences of the album's producer and the band members at the time, most of the electronic elements were left out of the recordings, as well as whole songs left on the cutting room floor. The Dreaming always intended to carry on the synth elements that Stabbing Westward were known for, and with Puppet that intention is finally fully realized.

Puppet is an electronic rock/new wave hybrid with LOTS of classic 80's style synths blended in perfectly with the guitars. The synths carry most of the non-sung melody lines and lift these songs to amazing new heights. The guitars are still in-your-face, but less thrashy that what you heard on past songs like Sticks & Stones from the last album. I prefer the way the guitars were handled on Puppet, as they sound a lot more retro than how most poppy metal bands tend to play today. Overall, the album has a timeless feel in terms of production, while still maintaining a modern edge that cannot be ignored due to the structure of the songs and their melodies. Johnny Haro's drumming is stellar and nothing needs to be said about Christopher Hall's voice as fans know he can do no wrong with his amazing soaring vocals. No one can hit the high melodic range like he does without sounding forced or whiny. Former member Carlton Bost(Deadsy/Berlin) was a permanent member during the recording of this record and played guitar and some synth. If you are familiar with Deadsy, then I think you'll agree his presence can be felt all over this record.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away! November 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I love Stabbing Westward and was weary at first to listen to this band. I'm glad I did. "Etched in Blood" (The Dreaming's first album) is one of my favorite records and "Puppet" just topped it. Their cover of "It's No Good" by Depeche Mode is great, I don't even want to listen to the original. This entire album is filled with great songs; all killer no filler. I can't stop listening to it. Christopher Hall's vocals are haunting and strong just like they were with Stabbing Westward. Don't let their appearances fool you. This is no emo band. The Dreaming is a ROCK band and I only hope they get the exposure they deserve. Any and all Stabbing Westward fans should listen to this album, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY !!!!!!!! July 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD
No waste time , waiting this great comeback , i know the " Etched in Blood " cd sound more pop rock , but this is more sick , like almost a new Stabbing Westward album , i like al the songs , " Solo Crucifixion - Breathing - End of tears - Puppet - D.M cover It's no Good " and have you listen the 2008 demo songs ? More electro version , this band are welcomed in my cd player !!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay July 9, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
You have to understand that most people that write reviews for bands like this either (a) dislike them for not being as good as the original, or (b) think the band is one of the best of all time.

I'm a bit more centered. I was heavily into Stabbing Westward when I was a teenager. Although now that I'm older I find some of the songs repetitive and a bit melodramatic.

The Dreaming is exactly what you would expect from the lead singer of Stabbing Westward: the songs are angry, loud, and full of emotion. Both albums are decent and apparently they are working on a third.

In my personal opinion, The Dreaming reminds me of bands like A Perfect Circle, Audioslave, Them Crooked Vultures, etc. Not that the music is the same, but those bands are much better than a lot of awful music out there (especially pretentious hipster bands). However, these bands are not nearly as good as the originals (Tool, Sound Garden, QofSA, etc).

Minor comment: The band could have picked a different name so that looking up their videos on YouTube is much easier. Seriously, try looking up "dreaming" in YouTube.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd album by the band is just as good, maybe better March 31, 2012
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"Puppet" is an album of growth and becoming more creatively advanced. It maintains the feel of Stabbing Westward albums, while at the same time letting the band form it's own identity and sound. Christopher Hall's lyrics and vocals are amazing and powerful as always. There's also not a bad song on here at all.

What's different about this album from "Etched in Blood", is that the band delves in electronics a lot more and sometimes touches on industrial territory (while still being extremely melodic). The guitars are heavy on most of the songs but towards the end of the album around track 10, the band experiments with a sound that reminds me of New Wave bands (Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, and the Cure) mixed with a heavier sound and more distortion. It works amazingly well. Even the songs that are more basic heavy rock songs are gems. The cover of Depeche Mode's "It's No Good" is also spectacular and is done wonderful justice.

The bottom line is that they show signs of growth and the growth is in a good direction.

If you like Stabbing Westward, realize it's not the same band but that they are just as good.

If you like the Dreaming, then this is a must-have for any fan.

If you're new to either band, start at Stabbing Westward "Darkest Days".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding
This is frickin' outstanding. Incredible music and lyrics. I hope the band stays together to give us MUCH more like this.
Published 2 months ago by Soundman
4.0 out of 5 stars Second album from Stabbing Westward frontman is a strong effort
Christopher Hall reemerged in the music scene in 2008 with the first album by his new band, The Dreaming. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric G. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Great album! Every song is amazing! Christopher Hall is an amazing musician. If you are a Stabbing Westward fan you NEED this CD now!
Published 11 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it
Love Stabbing Westward, now love The Dreaming even more (almost). I miss Stabbing Westward, but this is a great replacement. Keep making music, love it.
Published 12 months ago by Lindsey D Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as a Stabbing Westward reunion
It's great to hear Christopher Hall's voice again. The void that Stabbing Westward left has been adequately filled. This is what I've been missing.
Published 13 months ago by HAL 9000
3.0 out of 5 stars good album..but the first is still probably my favorite
This was a really good album.. However I am very selective on this one with which songs I like to listen to and which I don't. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alexander G Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I heard these guys on SiriusXM Radio and liked the song, so I decided to buy their CD. I think it is a very well done album and it is my first album that I picked up from these... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul M. Frasca
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming Westward
If you like Stabbing Westward, chances are you will enjoy the album or at least several tracks. It's well produced and it has more ambiences and keys, cool rhythm. Read more
Published 20 months ago by prescribed drone
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of the sun...
Christopher Hall's vocals are amazing. This CD has melody, spirit and attitude! It's dark but energetic. I call it "punk wave". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hattrickplus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dreaming come (back) into their own!
Like many of The Dreaming's fans, I'm a longtime follower of Christopher Hall's last band; the '90s industrial rock act known as Stabbing Westward. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Greg
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