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DREDG (officially spelled 'dredg' with a lowercase "d") is a progressive alternative band from Los Gatos, California. Their first studio album, "Leitmotif", was released by the Universal music label on September 11, 2001. Prior to that, it had been self-released by the members of the band. After the album gained retail space, DREDG acquired an almost immediate cult following, owing much to "Leitmotif's" unique sound and concept. There has also been a movie planned for release as a music video for the entire album, though the project has been stalled. "El Cielo", their second album, is also a concept album. On June 21, 2005, Dredg's third album, "Catch Without Arms", was released.

They started performing in clubs while still in highschool, and have come close to perfecting their art-rock/prog sound. DREDG's music can be described as haunting and powerful, if not a bit inspirational to some. They are a prime example that progressive music is still around today and DREDG continues to become more and more popular. All three of their albums have excellent songs, such as Movement I: @45N. 180W, Lechium, and Movement II: Crosswind Minuet from "Leitmotif", Of the Room, Whoa is Me, Same Ol' Road, and Canyon Behind Her from "El Cielo", and Bug Eyes, Ode to the Sun, Catch Without Arms, Matroshka, and Sangreal from "Catch Without Arms".

Dredg is a band with a completely unique sound. They transcend many genres with their art-rock styles and manage to be one of the deepest and most talented modern progressive bands today. I recommend them to anyone looking for a rebirth in great progressive music.


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They are one of the best modern progressive bands, and modern prog bands are few and far between in a world filled with unoriginal music.

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3.42 | 77 ratings
Leitmotif
2001
4.04 | 230 ratings
El Cielo
2002
3.46 | 122 ratings
Catch Without Arms
2005
3.53 | 95 ratings
The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion
2009
2.05 | 42 ratings
Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
2011

DREDG Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.45 | 23 ratings
Live at the Fillmore
2006

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

2.30 | 5 ratings
Conscious
1996
2.52 | 14 ratings
Orph
1997

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 El Cielo by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.04 | 230 ratings

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El Cielo
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Knapitatet

4 stars I have a rocky relation with concept albums. On one hand i think that every album is a concept album by virtue of it being able to take you on a musical journey. But on the other, a well crafted concept can make you experience that journey differently. There is a huge difference between an album like "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" wich expects me to take some silly and contrived story seriously, and an album that only teases and hints at a concept, thereby colouring your imagination further whiles enjoying it.

"El Cielo" is definitely one of those latter albums. It is said to be a concept album about Sleep Paralysis, and as someone who has had his share of sleeping problems i can only say that it shows. Everything in this album feels subdued and unreal like you are stuck in the final stages of a lucid dream, or a nightmare. And i meant that as a compliment.

Dredg has a very talented lead vocalist. His voice can set a mood almost immediatly like he does in "Same Ol' Road". There is also a very inspired use of sound effects and samples on this album like a Japanese man talking excitedly, female chanting etc. Other songs i like is "Triangle" wich features a section in 9/8 time and "Whoa Is Me" wich features some very good, Mars Volta-like Sax playing.

This is a remarkable album. It really stayed with me, long after it finished and the only reason that i will not give it one more star is because of its Post Rock influence wich serves to make many of the song sound very similar and weak.

A haunting and beautiful album. Highly recommended.

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 Catch Without Arms by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.46 | 122 ratings

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Catch Without Arms
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars El Cielo has a little sister, and that sister's name is Catch Without Arms. I cannot imagine someone falling in love with El Cielo and dismissing this treasure, which may be outshined a bit by its predecessor but still shines brightly just the same. I can, however, understand the upturned noses of those expecting this to resemble anything like Yes or King Crimson: Catch Without Arms comes nowhere near the symphonic or eclectic styles of progressive rock. Indeed, the progressive nature of the music is admittedly elusive, but I think what sets it apart from the mainstream acts to which it may fairly be compared (U2, for instance) are the lyrics. The lead singer implies that this is a concept album, that the record is divided into two contrasting parts and that the lyrics reflect opposites or areas of contention. With no disrespect to the songwriter intended, I just don't see it. The lyrics are esoteric and elude a solid interpretation on my part, and yet each syllable, when blessed with their respective melodies, is so persuasive. To complicate things further, each song has a companion painting, each of them bizarre and abstract. Whatever the case, I know I don't have to understand something to love it. The first word in the title is the clue: This is some of the catchiest music I can possibly think of.

"Ode to the Sun" It's always a pleasure to hear the distinctive earnest vocals of Gavin Hayes. After the guitars materialize in post-rock fashion, we're treated to the first in a long series of powerful rock songs with strong, memorable choruses.

"Bug Eyes" Launching into the second potent rocker, awash with guitars and a redolent vocal melody, dredg paints a pretty and nostalgic picture. It causes me to reflect on my life and ask myself if I've been a good steward of the seconds I've been given and the breaths I've taken: "It's time to do something good for my health, time to do something good for myself. I've wasted all this time."

"Catch Without Arms" The star of the title track is the bassist, who lays down a cool groove for the verses. Again, the vocal melodies are stellar (okay, I'm going to say that a lot in this review, so bear with me).

"Not That Simple" The velvety verse leads into the first chorus, which is sung sweet and low. The second refrain is heartening, reminding me that life is ultimately all about trust. And what a brilliant reminder it is. A child's off-key rendition "Planting Seeds" makes me smile.

"Zebraskin" Here's a song I can relate to: "A couple of drinks midday; haven't felt this way since yesterday." The music takes a detour from the hard-hitting pop rock and eases into a comfortable nightclub feel.

"The Tanbark is Hot Lava" A strange title indeed, but the music is straightforward and well-driven. The rhythm is rapid fire and the singing is especially forceful.

"Sang Real" dredg adds a feathery piano over electronic-sounding drums as the simple slippery lead guitar motif slides over it. The chorus is on the softer side, downy and yet somehow persuasive. Strange chattering concludes the track.

"Planting Seeds" The first song of the second part rises like a typical post rock track before the bassist delivers another compelling riff under light clean guitar. I wonder if the seashell found in a sea of shells is deliberately ambiguous: Are we to imagine something found in a large group of like objects, or are the shells more menacing (bullet casings, perhaps?). Whatever the import of the words, they resonate with me in a way that evades description.

"Spitshine" "Spitshine" is another abstruse song ("You spit-shined my corroded halo, then packaged it away; you spit-shined my corroded halo and left it to decay"), but musically it is quite simplistic and easy to follow. "Take this weight off my shoulders and move it to my brain," the singer says. How I've often wished for the opposite.

"Jamais Vu" This opens with a hasty cleanly plucked guitar phrase, though the drums are more languid. Again, the vocal melodies are magnificent, soaring high above the music like the majestic eagle over lovely landscapes.

"Hung Over on a Tuesday" Been there, done that. The music is similar to what has come before. I find dredg to be refreshingly consistent on this album, and they still finds a way to dazzle with compelling vocal melodies.

"Matroshka (The Ornament)" The most peaceful song has electric guitars that almost sound like a distorted organ. The lighter guitars add an attractive texture. It ends the album wonderfully, keeping the reminiscent feel.

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 El Cielo by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.04 | 230 ratings

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El Cielo
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Dredg hover in an interesting space between the sort of indie rock-based crossover prog pioneered by the likes of Radiohead and their imitators and post-rock; essentially, the songs on El Cielo tend to meander between those territories, with the vocals by Gavin Hayes being a constant presence in both the indie-prog tunes and the epic post-rock crescendos. It's an interesting approach which seems novel and creative but doesn't quite hit the golden spot for me; part of this is because I simply don't like the vocal style Gavin Hayes uses on the album, but also if you look beyond the vocals the band aren't actually doing anything particularly special musically speaking; crossing Radiohead with Mogwai is an interesting thought experiment, but the band are nowhere near as good as Radiohead in the Radiohead bits and not on a par with Mogwai on the Mogwai bits.

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 Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.05 | 42 ratings

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Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

2 stars Although I like more melodic and mellow side of Prog at times, there are some limits even I feel difficult to Cross. Like when you get THIS. At first, I was like "Hahahaha!", because even I didn't like Dredg's reportedly masterpiece album (El Cielo), I couldn't deny it its qualities (which earned it so high rating from so many reviews). But this is rock bottom in terms of complexity, but also it's big departure in terms of enjoyability. I liked their last album a bit, but Chuckles shows most of symptoms what I hate about today's music. This is a doomed album, move on.

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 El Cielo by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.04 | 230 ratings

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El Cielo
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Starhammer
Prog Reviewer

2 stars A sheep in wolf's clothing...

Pretentious is a word which seems to have lost its true meaning in recent years. It gets bandied about and applied to situations of experimentalism, evolution and sometimes virtuosity, which, within the world of prog covers just about everything. However, its definition actually lies within the world of false claims and ostentatiousness. Just because something is that little bit different, or over the top, does not necessarily mean its pretentious. The key is the success or failure to produce something that actually has substance, and is not just smoke and mirrors. This is of course entirely subjective, but I will cite the guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen as an personal example of an extremely talented technician masquerading as an extremely talented musician.

On this particular album dredg pop up at the other end of the pretension scale. El Cielo tries to be deep and meaningful, subtle and even grandiose at times. In reality you just get an hour of dronotonous alternative rock with a few bells and whistles and the occasional ambient interlude. With song titles like Δ and Brushstroke: dcbtfobaaposba, and lines such as "It was inspired by the clarity of consciousness, rather than the vividness of dream, and was the self-proclaimed pinnacle of broken bridges and chest pressure", it would be hard to find anything more pretentious.

Whilst El Cielo is certainly more progressive than its successor Catch Without Arms, it somehow also manages to be less enjoyable, and less engaging. The painfully cruel Sorry But It's Over lures you into thinking that it might just be that, but alas there are another ten tracks yet to come. There are some redeeming features, but one song (Same ol' Road) and generally interesting lyrics aren't enough to recommend this to anyone but fans.

The Verdict: Catastrophically tepid.

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 El Cielo by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.04 | 230 ratings

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El Cielo
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by SoundsofSeasons
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5 stars Accessible Gorgeous Balanced Labor-of- Love Art Rock.

This album has touched me on an emotional, almost spiritual level, than almost any other.. besides maybe a few by the heart-gripping Anathema. There is something so perfect about the way this album is glued together.. by pieces that shine brightest due to the total sum of its parts. To put it simply this album has, and will always, stick with me.. it is one of those musical journeys i can, and have, taken dozens upon dozens of times and still to this day i not only may hear something new.. but still adore it. Many prog listeners can think of concept-albums.. (this is a concept album as far as i am concerned, make your own judgements).. that lose their luster after the journey has been taken too many times. I assure you that it hasn't lost any of its luster for myself, and a 'modern' prog lover may very well find that same unwavering loyalty in this album as well. I say modern because sometimes it seems we, the progressive rock fanatics, are sub-divided by those who enjoyed 60's and 70's prog.. then those who have taken to the 'revival' in the 90's and 2000's. I was born in 1990.. i am naturally drawn to music of my, and my peers era.. just as those before me were drawn to their own.

Does anybody feel like I do? .. Masterpiece.

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 Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.05 | 42 ratings

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Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Imperfecta

5 stars I do not hand out 5-star reviews lightly and without consideration. But Imperfecta's first review for this site had to be this album, partly because how much I adore it is in stark relief to how maligned it is. I love it, and most everyone else hates it. So be it.

I love that Dredg have upset so many people with 'Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy.' I love that, and I love this album.

I've been a Dredg fan for a while now, and while I don't think they'll ever do anything better than this album's predecessor, 'The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion,' coming off that album in anticipation of the next one, I felt much like the band itself did about album #5: the time was ripe to try something radically DIFFERENT.

Why not, right?

There will never be another opener as affecting and moving as "Ode to the Sun," from the band's third album, 'Catch Without Arms'...but "Another Tribe" is very much this album's "Ode...," if you get what I mean. It catches the attention immediately, holds your attention, and lays down the gauntlet for what this album is all about.

Yes, the band have put so many artificial/electronic treatments on their respective organic instruments that this album sounds quite foreign from any Dredg you've heard before. But I remember seeing this stuff live and "getting" it, even though I was already well into the album. Then with further listens, and more listens, and further listens, suddenly I was able to hear the natural instruments through the electronic haze, in their more organic state. Things like "The Tent," "Sun Goes Down," and "The Thought of Losing You" peeling off their layers and revealing themselves. And what they revealed where this: great songs, written by songwriters who are the best at their craft.

Speaking of the "The Tent," I'll call it the most cinematic piece of aural art to emerge since, well, since at least Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)." The imagery it evokes is absolutely haunting.

First-time listens help a bare, acoustic track "Kalathat" stand out prominently, and this album definitely ends a little lopsided with the waltz-y "Where I'll End Up" and spaghetti western vibe of "Before it Began" throwing you into more new places than the end of any album should do. But that's Dredg for you...ever off-kilter, ever unpredictable, and still absolutely 100% GREAT. This will probably be one of those albums, like Voivod's 'Angel Rat' or Yes's 'Drama,' where people go "Oh, I get it now...I love it now" years and years after its release. It will endure.

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 El Cielo by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.04 | 230 ratings

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El Cielo
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 7/10

"El Cielo" is 57 minutes of soaring melancholy and beauty, with songs so powerful and moving they will hypnotize you.

Dredg is a strongly praised art rock band from California. Their most famous and most recognized album is "El Cielo", loved by Alt Rock fans and Prog Rock fans, which makes it a really acclaimed piece of work all over the place, and it's not hard to understand why.

Even at first listen "El Cielo" isn't your average Alternative Rock album; the progressive side of it is well highlighted thanks to some interesting bridges within the songs, and thanks to the massive use of many guitar effects, even a lot of tremolo picking, which helps enormously in building a solid wall of sound, similar to a Post-Rock one. This said, you can start throwing in the influences, like Tool and Radiohead, but Dredg is a very original band, with a very unique sound, because of their songwriting, the instrumentation they use, and the experimentation they put in their music.

"El Cielo" is 57 minutes of soaring melancholy and beauty, with an interesting concept about sleep paralysis and reveries, with songs so powerful and moving they will hypnotize you. That's how great some of these tracks are. "Sanzen", "Sorry But It's Over", "The Canyon Behind Her" are magnificently executed songs, full of that mentioned melancholy and beauty, that truly strike you. "Convalesent", "Same Ol Road", "Whoa Is Me" are other really good songs, partly because of Gavin Hayes' beautiful voice and his excellent delivery. But I do have some gripes; almost all the Brushstrokes interludes, despite being fairly short, could have been a lot better. A filler should be short and should grab you, or relax you, but it has to have the same impact as a regular song. This doesn't happen here, unfortunately. The listening of the album however is not even close to being ruined, an album that is able to express sadness and dismal through cool drum loops, gentle weeping of a guitar, and a soft, enchanting voice.

I enjoyed the album quite a bit, a really good example of how Alternative Rock can be highly progressive and beautiful. Recommend it to pretty much all the fans of Prog and Alt Rock, as well as Post-Rock and Art Rock fans.

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 Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.05 | 42 ratings

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Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by mohaveman

1 stars What the heck, I might as well throw in my 2 cents in about this HIGHLY controversial release from Dredg. EL CIELO was wonderful. CATCH WITHOUT ARMS was good. And THE PARIAH was really good. However, the cycle is broken with CHUCKLES AND MR SQUEEZY. It is not wonderful, good, really good, or anything close. Out of 11 songs available on ITunes. I downloaded just 2- "Another Tribe" and "The Thought of Losing You". Neither is a prog song, but I liked them nonetheless. Everything else off this disc struck me as filler, boring, or just plain irritating. Their sound has been changed so much here that they are basically just another of a million pop rock groups out there. Gone are the wonderful melodies and atmospheres from their previous releases. Even the cover is lame. I am still a big fan of Dredg, but am cautiously awaiting the next release maybe next year. Could be a winner again or it could be the end for me. 1 star

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 Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy by DREDG album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.05 | 42 ratings

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Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
Dredg Crossover Prog

Review by Biff Tannen

2 stars Following the absolutely terrific The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion, dredg followed it up by releasing an album of mostly forgettable wanna-be electronic rock. I will give them credit for trying something different, but they failed pretty badly in their attempt to pull a U2 or Radiohead, as their attempt to fuse electronica into their already-established rock sound is a massive failure.

The sad thing is, most of the songs have some cool things going on, but whether it be a limp chorus, a bridge that sounds like it was written to fill space, or a generic guitar riff, most of the songs are ultimately dragged down into being forgettable and mediocre.

I did see them live a few months back, and they kicked ass as usual, and the majority of the new songs they played live sprang more to life, so perhaps some of the blame should go to the overproduced production courtesy of Dan the Automator, but the band themselves ultimately is judged by the music, and by just about any standard, this album is a big disappointment.

I don't think it is so awful as to give it 1 star, but I can't go any higher than 2 stars. I still enjoy Down Without a Fight a lot (probably the most electronic-driven tune on here), and Upon Returning and Where I'll End Up are good tunes that sound good when doing a dredg shuffle playlist. Just about everything else, though, not so much.

For now, stick to the three brilliant albums that preceded this one, and we all just have to hope that they return to form on their next record!

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