WILDERNESS DREAM consists of current HEARTSOUNDS frontman Ben Murray on Guitar/Vocals, who also played drums in the now defunct Bay Area Melodic Death Metal act, LIGHT THIS CITY (Prosthetic Records, 2002-2008). HEARTSOUNDS drummer Trey Derbes also provides the ripping percussive soundtrack to WILDERNESS DREAM’s debut Self-Titled 12? EP, offering a natural, live, and completely unedited approach to the drum production – While Murray and Derbes began writing what would become WILDERNESS DREAM’s debut release throughout the past few years, the band didn’t become an entity of it’s own until Ryan Hansen entered the fold on second guitar and vocals, followed by Bret Fontaine joining in on bass guitar. Ryan Hansen and Ben Murray share a musical history as well, as Hansen played lead guitar in LIGHT THIS CITY, which contributes to the cohesive musical vision and camaraderie of what has now become WILDERNESS DREAM.
From Metalsucks.net:”Metal fans of a certain age and MetalSucks readers who were with us very early on may remember Light This City, a talented melodic death metal band from San Francisco who for a brief moment seemed poised to break through. The band broke up in 2008, but drummer and band co-founder Ben Murray continued making music with Heartsounds (together with LTC vocalist Laura Nichol) and releasing music by that band and others on his label, Creator Destructor.Murray is back with another new project, this one decidedly more metal than Heartsounds (and possibly more than Light This City, too). In Wilderness Dream Murray drops his drumsticks in favor of a guitar pick and a microphone, and he’s joined by Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen (who played on LTC’s Stormchaser album) on guitar and Trey Derbes from Heartsounds on drums.. It’s fast and furious, it’s got roots in both metal and hardcore and it’s melodic without being cheesy at all.”
Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, the 6 songs that comprise the band’s debut release reflect a sonic-musical attack reminiscent of thrash legends in SACRIFICE and TESTAMENT, with a violent and unrestrained vocal approach, more akin to Crossover acts such as CURSED, RINGWORM, and INTEGRITY. Lyrically, Murray adopts a more stripped down and bleak approach to his death-obsessed, anxiety-ridden regurgitation of his experience, moving through an overpopulated, immoral, and devastatingly distracted human-landscape. The band explores their own interpretation of the futility and uncertainty of life, while never negating our all-encompassing, ever-growing and universal fear of the end.