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3.60 | 114 ratings

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4 stars Dredg ? 'The Pariah, the Parrot, the delusion' 4.5 stars

?.So close.

This is by far dredg's most diverse and complex album to date. A wonderful culmination of everything they have done and a logical step in their career path. There are the radio-potential tracks, segues to piece the concept together, some deep philosophical songs and some songs that even touched up on the avant-garde genre.

The beginning is just simply haunting on 'The Pariah' with girls humming with finger snapping and then just a really hard rock/heavy metal breakout to get things underway. Then on the next track 'Drunk Slide' you get exactly what the title says?a really strange piece with some ear piercing synth sounds that would just not be expected to come from a band like this. Then we have 'Ireland' which is a killer hit, really hitting home on some dynamics with some loud build- ups into an explosive chorus. Other songs that are easily accessible are 'Information', 'Saviour', 'I Don't Know' and the wonderful orchestral 'Mourning this Morning'.

Then the album has some really downright depressing songs. Hell, the whole album is one big suicide mission, but songs that really make you feel uneasy go to 'Ligthswitch', 'Gathering Pebbles' and 'Cartoon Showroom'.

This is definitely the best album dredg could come out within this point in time. I don't find any flaws here, but nothing that will just blow me away and make me want to sit in the corner like 'El Cielo'. This album took me a lot of time to get into, but it is clearly a diverse effort, but still manages to work as one cohesive piece unlike the album before this, 'Catch Without Arms'.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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