In all honesty, as the day of The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion’s release approached I became a little scared that maybe all of the hype and anticipation I had set up for myself would fall right through the floor. A few days after its release, I bought the album, carefully put the CD into my car stereo, and began my fourth Dredg experience. Before the first song had even finished, I knew that this CD was going to be something special. Its been almost 3 days and the CD still has yet to leave my car stereo.
About four years ago was the first time I was introduced to Dredg and listened to “The Canyon Behind Her”. I later bought El Cielo and was floored by the near flawless construction of the album. After El Cielo I bought Catch Without Arms, again absolutely mesmerized by each track. Leitmotif was obviously the next buy, providing me with an origin for this band I have come to absolutely know and love.
Dredg has thoroughly proved to be one of those bands that will continue to grow for quite sometime. It took four years and a couple delays for the sound of The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion to hit are our ears. To say the least, it was well worth the wait. The new album is cramed with 18 tracks, which was another fear of mine once I bought the album. I thought Dredg may just be stuffing in as much as possible. Not so. The structure of the album is very reminiscent of El Cielo. Instead of being based around a Salvidor Dali painting, the album is based off of a Salman Rushdie essay, and instead of Brushstrokes the CD is broken up with Stamps of Origin. The new CD still has some of the poppy, dance sounds found on Catch Without Arm tracks, such as “Mourning This Morning” and “Drunk Slide”. With the poppy sound there is still plenty of songs with hard guitar riffs that sound like distant cousins of songs from Leitotif. Also like Leitmotif, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion are also sprinkled with some instrumentals.
The new album is definitely a push foward. A band that is already fantastic has become even better. The lyrics are heartfelt and thought provoking and the music is solid and powerful. Dredg fans will be thoroughly pleased and I’m sure there is a lot offered to even those who’ve yet to be introduced. The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is nothing less than spectacular and is another great installment to the ever evolving sound of Dredg.