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THE DEAR HUNTER

Crossover Prog • United States


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THE DEAR HUNTER was originally a side project by guitarist and vocalist Casey CRESCENZO of post-hardcore band THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS. On leaving that band, CRESCENZO worked on THE DEAR HUNTER fulltime, producing 'Act 1: The Lake South, The River North' as the first part of a six-album concept concerning the life of a boy at the turn of the 20th Century. After its release CRESCENZO recruited Luke DENT (Keyboards), Erick SEMA (Guitar), Sam DENT (drums) and Josh RHEAULT (bass) to record the second part of the hexology 'Act 2: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading' and toured extensively to promote its release. During this time RHEAULT and the DENT brothers left the band, leaving only CRESCENZO and SEMA.

Having recently announced that they are also working on a nine album concept based upon the seven colours of the rainbow and the two tones, black and white, indicates that THE DEAR HUNTER are not light on ambition, the next step is to see if they can deliver against such bold claims.

Falling somewhere between THE MARS VOLTA and COHEED AND CAMBRIA, THE DEER HUNTER may appeal to some fans of either band.

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  • The Dear Hunter Presents: Act III on 6 May 2015
  • Act II on 7 May 2015
  • Act III on 8 May 2015
  • The Dear Hunter Presents Acts II & III on 13 May 2015
  • The Dear Hunter Presents: Act II on 22 May 2015
  • The Dear Hunter Presents: Act III on 23 May 2015
  • The Dear Hunter + Northern Faces at The Independent, San Francisco on 24 May 2015
  • Manchester Orchestra + The Dear Hunter at STROM, München on 21 Aug 2015
  • Manchester Orchestra + The Dear Hunter at Gebäude 9, Cologne on 23 Aug 2015
  • Manchester Orchestra + The Dear Hunter at Magnet Club, Berlin on 24 Aug 2015
  • Manchester Orchestra + The Dear Hunter at Molotow, Hamburg on 25 Aug 2015
  • Manchester Orchestra + The Dear Hunter + The Xcerts at Concorde 2, Brighton on 27 Aug 2015

THE DEAR HUNTER discography


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4.11 | 171 ratings
Act I: The Lake South, The River North
2006
4.01 | 180 ratings
Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
2007
3.97 | 195 ratings
Act III: Life and Death
2009
3.81 | 140 ratings
The Color Spectrum
2011
3.73 | 62 ratings
Migrant
2013

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THE DEAR HUNTER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.56 | 16 ratings
Act I: The Lake South, The River North & Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
2010
4.01 | 65 ratings
The Color Spectrum: Complete Collection
2011

THE DEAR HUNTER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.62 | 11 ratings
The Branches EP
2010
3.95 | 17 ratings
Black EP
2011
3.15 | 15 ratings
Red EP
2011
3.15 | 14 ratings
Orange EP
2011
3.77 | 16 ratings
Yellow EP
2011
3.25 | 13 ratings
Green EP
2011
3.21 | 10 ratings
Blue EP
2011
2.53 | 11 ratings
Indigo EP
2011
4.03 | 14 ratings
Violet EP
2011
3.45 | 10 ratings
White EP
2011

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 Act I: The Lake South, The River North by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.11 | 171 ratings

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Act I: The Lake South, The River North
The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by petrica

4 stars "Battesimo Del Fuoco" is actually a very good way to start the album. It's a voice only song with multiple voices interluding one each other. Then we have a second short song which is catchy and symphonic. Together with the first one makes a perfect intro.

The first things that strikes you after this introductory part is the way the third song is starting in a very aggressive way, similar to The Mars Volta especially when we talk about the rhythmic section but also the voice. The melodic line is easy to remember and this is probably one of their finest songs. Definitely the highlight on this rather short album(under 40 minutes) .

After this unexpected introduction the things get settled with "The Inquiry of Ms. Terri". The song is simply continuing the story behind this conceptual album. The bass line from the end is absolutely amazing and the disruptive and strange sound from the end are remembering again about The Mars Volta strange sound trips.

If the approach would have continued in the same manner I would have easily given 5 stars. But somehow the inspiration and originality were lost. Don't get me wrong, the remaining songs are also good. But there is a visible difference in comparison with the first part. This makes it a bit inconsistent.

There is a kind of energetic approach when I'm thinking about this first release from The Dear Hunter and from time to time there are some kind of musical explosions manifesting a kind of accumulated frustration and misunderstood. I belive the guys managed to transmit in a fantastic manner their intention about the story behind. The music makes the transmitted feelings almost organic.

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 The Color Spectrum: Complete Collection by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
4.01 | 65 ratings

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The Color Spectrum: Complete Collection
The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars This is an amazing collection which is definitely worth your while to search for. What this is is a concept box set of 9 EPs of 4 songs each. Each EP is named after a color in the visible color spectrum. In the vinyl edition, each EP is pressed in the appropriate color of vinyl. For vinyl collectors, even that is enough to make one salivate uncontrollably. Once I heard about the release of this, I pre-ordered it for close to $100.00. It's definitely worth more that that now. But, it's not enough for The Deer Hunter to put together an attractive box set. They have to go and write 36 excellent songs to go on these EPs. This box set is chock full of top notch, high quality music, mostly sung by the lead singer and songwriter Casey Crescenzo. This guy has an amazing voice with an unbelievable range and incredible dynamics. This guy has drama in his voice that you would not believe, drama that even matches that of Freddy Mercury's, but so very well controlled. He doesn't show off that voice unless it's called for in the song, so it's not over the top, but it's there. Oh boy, is it there.

The concept here is not that the songs are tied together by a story. It is more of an idea in each group of four songs on the EPs are related to the colors by timbre, genre, feeling. In other words, the Black EP is heavy and dark, while the Yellow EP is bright and sunny, with Green being somewhat folkish in nature. Being an Indie-folk fan myself, I love this EP, and consider it my favorite, but all of them are excellent. One other reviewer here went so far as to name several bands that were similar to the music on each EP so you can get an idea of how each one sounds. I think he got it pretty close. The amazing thing here is that one band is making all of these wonderful excellent sounds. The songs themselves are individual songs not tied together by anything except color which represents the style. These are all accessible songs, but they are all high quality, beautiful and excellent.

This would have to go down as being one of the most ambitious and original concepts I can think of. And the great thing is that it's all done so very well. I listen to these songs and can't find any weaknesses among the styles of rock music that are presented. That is the thing that makes this progressive is the idea and the quality of the music. These are straightforward songs averaging about 4 minutes each. There is nothing epic except for the concept and the release of the concept. Not much in the way of meter changes or ingenuity in the music itself, but you can listen to all +2 hours of this and not get tired of the music. I consider this progressive because of the concept itself and the quality of the music. Awesomeness and ingenuity, you get it all here.

If you can't bring yourself to purchasing the entire collection, there is an album which is an 11 track single album which pulls together selections from each EP, but there is sooooooo much you miss by not having the entire collection. The Deer Hunter has other albums that are more accessible as far as price goes and that have more prog elements than this, so only for that reason can I not give this 5 stars, simply because it's not what I would call essential, but if you haven't heard them, I would suggest getting one of the traditionally sized albums. I will warn you though, it will make you want to save up your money for this excellent addition. In my own personal collection and rating system, this has 5 stars, but for Prog Archive rating purposes simply because of it's inaccessibility tied to price and the availability of other Deer Hunter albums, I will give it 4 stars. Excellent stuff people!

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 Act III: Life and Death by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.97 | 195 ratings

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The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by grubyluki

2 stars I am very shocked that this album is on prog archives. This is not bad music, but it is not progressive rock. When I first listened it, I open my mouth " For god sake, why this is on my favorit site " . I am sure that people without music taste would love this album, because its similiar to pop-rock band like Muse, Nickelback. We can hear here not bad singer, which scream in the same way all the time and a lot of simple music, catchy chorus and a premonition that we are sitting in the car with audio system controled by our fourteen years old daughter. Summary this is a waste of time.

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3.97 | 195 ratings

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Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Act III: Life and Death, as the title suggests, is the third and latest part in Casey Crescenzo's forever-on-hold Dear Hunter project, a concept release detailing some over-the-top story about prostitutes (or something), which was planned to be released over six albums. But the truth of the matter is that ambition is often a double-edged sword, as Casey obviously realised after the completion of this record. The overblown concept would take nearly a decade of writing music around it, all done in the same operatic indie rock style. And in the making of Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading, Casey made the rather ridiculous decision to make it a double album, stretching out not only the concept, but his ability to write music of that style. And it wasn't a great payoff. Act II, despite having some obviously solid moments, drowned itself in filler nearly to the brim, with Casey doing The Dear Hunter-by-numbers and filling every song with as many elements from Act I: The Lake South, the River North as possible, but without creating any memorable or notable melodies or themes, to the point where they are so forgettable that many of the highlights of Act II were the reprises of parts of Act I.

So I guess it's a bit surprising that Act III is any good at all. I mean, Casey essentially drained himself dry in the second part, and if what I've heard is true, he actually wrote two hours of music for that album. Part three was necessary only because he promised it, but at this point his promise of six albums was looking as silly as Sufjan's promise of all fifty states (and the same deal goes - he could have done it if he had written shorter releases, but instead he ran out of steam writing 140 [%*!#]ing minutes worth for Illinois). But Act III is definitely a better release from The Dear Hunter, and actually did breathe a bit of life back into the Acts saga with some motifs and tracks as memorable as the few that were on Act I. The music here is far more consistent and less wandering, and it definitely shows that Casey has sat down and tried to make each song a bit more memorable - a strong chorus, a nice string part - just to keep the flow of the album up.

But at the same time, the parts that make this album good are also what bring it down a bit. Because let's face it - The Dear Hunter have an insanely unique style. It's a wonderful blend of indie rock with connotations of progressive and art rock. It's poppy and sweet but dashed with strings and horns and lavish Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies, and crispened out by some angular math rock and occasional post-hardcore influenced Claudio Sánchez-isms in the vocals. And yet, as cool and unique as that sounds, it does get rather tiring and predictable after a while. That was certainly Act II's downfall, and it's still here, but in a less noticeable capacity. I admit to liking every track here to a certain extent, yet I can't really push this album much higher than a 7 in my score system, because there are certainly moments when I just sigh out of boredom. It's difficult to explain, but it's the sort of sense of knowing that "The Writing on the Wall" would lead into some bombastic riff coated in horns and Casey wailing in his indie/post- hardcore croon. Many of these tracks feel like I've heard them before, even if I haven't, because this style of songwriting becomes so predictable so fast.

The hooks here are definitely the album's leading selling point, with most of the songs boasting at least one wonderful melody, from the upbeat and fun lines on "What it Means to Be Alone" and "The Poison Woman" to the melancholy of the last few tracks to even some hardcore-tinged anger like on "He Said He Had A Story". That particular song is an interesting one, being the only track with lyrics potent enough to imprint them in my brain. On first few listens, that really seems to be the biggest thing going for the track, but I can now say that the massive screaming of "WHAT WAS YOUR NAME" is now one of my favourite moments on the record (although the backing vocals are pretty damn cringeworthy with them narrating the scene, but I guess it evens out). However there are some tracks here that really seem to lean on the hooks an awful lot - "Mustard Gas" being a particular example. The opening is majestic and grand, reminding me of both Queen and Muse (with less annoying vocalists of course), and bringing the mood of the album up immensely, but aside from a few great string/horn arrangements, the rest of the song just doesn't live up to the intro.

In terms of differences between this and its predecessors, the post-hardcore is definitely down and the Beach Boys are definitely up. Nearly every one of these songs has some kind of vocal harmony involved, and they are pretty great, even if the source is pretty obvious. The hook on "This Beautiful Lie" revolves entirely around a "babababaaaaa" sort of melody, and along with the opener "The Writing on the Wall", Casey really showcases the dark and moody side of pop harmonies. Another noticeable trait of this record is the absence of longer tracks, and a general lack of prog and math rock connotations. "The Thief" is in 5/4 most of the time, and "In Cauda Venenum" has some pretty mathy twists to that bombastic opening riff, but throughout most of this album Casey focuses more on the art rock and chamber side, with massive emphasis on instrumentation and layering. Oftentimes, the strings and horns will take the lead far above the guitar, showing influence from baroque pop, jazz and chamber music (and even a bit of Streetlight Manifesto-influenced ska in the aforementioned "In Cauda Venenum"). This is a softer and more melodic album, but it is still quirky enough to define it from the melodic indie pop/rock that the band would go into on Migrant.

This isn't the last Dear Hunter record, of course, but both The Colour Spectrum and Migrant are a bit removed from this style of bombastic and horn-driven indie rock, and really act as Casey Crescenzo solo releases more than part of the band concept. But Act III is the last of the Acts series, even though it was supposed to be the third of six, and I'm glad for it. I know many bands who have written the same record decades over and never seem to get bored with it, but Casey is different. Hell, it's only been five years since this album and he's already onto Romantic-era symphony worship. This is a man who does not want to stay in a place for too long, and returning to the Acts would only bring about more duds. In my honest opinion, even though I like this record, it should have ended after the incredible Act I, but at least this one acts as a bit of an apology for that dreary second part. It's not a complete end to the story, and some perfectionists will be a bit mad, but I'm happy that Casey has left this behind. If you're coming here for music or a recommendation, I'd send you to Act I first, and then come here if you're dying for more. A solid album no doubt, and a good farewell to a (mostly) good concept series.

7.5

Originally written for my Facebook page/blog: www.facebook.com/neoprogisbestprog

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars The Dear Hunter do the indie prog thing with grandiose ambition on this first concept album, presented as the start of an extremely long rock opera. There's some Radioheadisms sprinkled here and there about the shop but to my ears they mostly remind me of an alternate take on the Decemberists, if you took out the folk influences and replaced them with classical - there's the same tendency towards whimsical cabaret, the same vocal playfulness, and the same hit and miss pattern when it comes to retaining my attention. It's competent stuff, and Casey Crescenzo and family clearly aren't short on talent, but they don't quite weave together their indie rock-prog blend tightly enough to save this from feeling patchy.

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars This is an interesting indie prog album that like other similar bands like The Tea Party mix different sounds from different bands to come up with something that is pleasant but still obvious where the influences lie. THE DEAR HUNTER seems like it has serious influence from Muse, The Mars Volta and Pocupine Tree to me. This musical entity began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo who wanted a place to put all the musical ideas that didn't fit into his band The Receiving End Of Sirens. After he left the band it turned into a full time project. Casey plays all the instruments except he recruited Nick Crescenzo on drums and a few others for some other musical touches.

ACT I: THE LAKE SOUTH OF THE RIVER NORTH is the debut album and incorporates many different sounds and musical ideas centered around the concept of a story set at the dawn of the 20th century revolving around the birth, life and abrupt death of a boy known only as 'The Dear Hunter.' The idea was that the story was supposed to be a six-part album series of which three have been released so far. Not sure if the other three will see the light of day or not but this is a decent beginning.

This album contains everything from a cappella to full on rocking out and strange piano and symphonic segments. It all flows quite well from beginning to edge and although the influences are well out in the open it nevertheless doesn't diminish from the overall sound since they are all woven together quite seamlessly. The emphasis on this album is really on the strong melodies that are dark and haunting. Great debut that makes me want to check out the following releases.

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 Migrant by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 62 ratings

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The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by bloodnarfer

2 stars The kind of music I'd love to hear on the radio, but not from the Dear Hunter

With Migrant, the Dear Hunter has migrated into a new sound. They seemed to have stepped into the realm of generic. The Dear Hunter has always straddled the line between prog and indie effectively, but this album would feel more at home on the indie rock shelf. Many of the songs are just that. Songs.

The album starts of strongest with Bring You Down and Whisper, but the following songs fail to reach the same level of interest. Bring You Down is a great intro to the album, and really got my hopes up for what was to come. Whisper is a good song with a catchy melody, and I would LOVE to hear this come on the radio at some point, but coming from the Dear Hunter, its simply a little disappointing. Most tracks lack the standout elements that have made the Dear Hunter great and unique, and as a result the album falls into mediocrity.

While I enjoy this album, its definitely not the best of what Casey and gang have to offer. For that, check out Act II or the Color Spectrum. Perhaps I am being overly critical by giving a two star rating, but I really expected more. Decent album with good songwriting, but seems most prog elements (and excitement) have been lost here. Fans like myself will surely enjoy it, but I would not recommend this as a starting point for those new to TDH. Maybe you could listen to it with your hipster friends who generally don't like prog? 2/5 Stars.

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 Migrant by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Migrant
The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars It is interesting to consider how Casey Crescenzo is drifting further away from alt-prog with The Dear Hunter and shifting back to what sound like his post-hardcore roots. What makes this interesting, is the fact that his music nevertheless sounds fresh and original. Not progressive, but he still produces albums that give the listener thoughtful and heartfelt tunes.

Migrant is sort of the epitome of this, the songs are catchy beyond all catchiness. We see pieces on this record that could have very easily fit in one of the excellent Color Spectrum EPs yet may even have a better production quality to them that they benefit from greatly. Some moments recall the first three acts of the concept album series but for the most part, Crescenzo stays fairly basic in his songwriting which is by no means a bad thing.

Just give the album a listen, you'll enjoy it. You may not be drawn in to it by some fantastic storyline like you were with the old records, but I guarantee, you will enjoy the songs.

4 stars for a solid record.

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 Migrant by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 62 ratings

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Migrant
The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars The Dear Hunter were formed out of the ashes of post-hardcore band The Receiving End Of Sirens in around 2005, with vocalist Casey Crescenzo looking to create a more conceptual and progressive rock based band. Crescenzo came up with the 6-album concept of the Dear Hunter, and completed three of the six albums before getting bored. And after 2011's 36-song "The Color Spectrum", which entitled of 9 four-song EPs on each of the colours, The Dear Hunter have released their first album without a concept, "Migrant"

Although I do love a good concept to keep an album together, I feel that Casey and his men were leaning on it a bit too much, and this album definitely shows them stretching lyrically and musically. Although the early Dear Hunter releases certainly dwelled on the progressive and alternative scenes, "Migrant" is a straight-up indie rock record, and one of the best in recent years. Taking influence from the orchestral and chamber indie of Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes, Crescenzo has created a wonderful standalone record, with as many wonderful pop hooks as progressive touches that gained him a following in the first place.

Opening single "Whisper" is a shoe-in for one of the top songs for 2013, with the sort of delightful chorus that I'd love to hear grace modern radio waves, if only they paid attention to the music scene. This entire album reeks positive energy, in fact. Album opener "Bring You Down" is one of the best feel-good songs I've heard, and the orchestral backing influenced by the aforementioned Sufjan Stevens throughout the album really works toward The Dear Hunter's newer, more uplifting style.

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 Act III: Life and Death by DEAR HUNTER, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.97 | 195 ratings

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Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars A pleasant collection of more Beatles-like indie-pop-oriented prog all composed and organized as the third installment of a six-album concept story concerning the life of a boy at the turn of the 20th Century. Though I have not been drawn in to much of the other Dear Hunter discography, this one is pretty engaging and not too dull or repetitive. To me this is a lot like MUSE and DOVES.

Favorite songs: "Life and Death" (5:46) (8/10), "The Tank" (4:39) (8/10), "What It Means to Be Alone" (4:50) (8/10).

3.5 stars rounded up for great production sound, creativity, and ambition--and for the reminder that when we die, we die alone.

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