Dredg is one of the few bands that I enjoyed all of the way through my teenage years and have carried into my young adulthood. While my musical tastes have drastically changed over the past decade, there was, and still is something about Dredg that I have always loved. El Cielo originally caught my attention, which lead me to check out Leitmotif and then eagerly await the release of Catch Without Arms. While there is something in each of these albums that I greatly enjoy, my only issue with Dredg has been their lack of consistency within each album. Their best songs easily carry each one, but I’ve been waiting for them to release an album that flows strongly from start to finish. The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is that album. I will admit that I did hear a leaked version and was not very impressed at first, but after picking a copy up the day it was released everything changed. I’ve listened to the album all the way through at least 10 times over the past 36 hours or so and it keeps growing on me more with each spin. They have finally done it for me – successfully combined all of their beautiful, aggressive, and powerful sounds into a full hour of stunning music. Oddly enough, some of the best moments on the album somehow fall within the instrumental movements and bridges between songs, without taking away from any of the songs stand alone power whatsoever. I would normally offer my favorite tracks at this point but I simply can’t choose. With each listen I pick out new parts I previously didn’t hear on almost every song. Believe me, they are all worth a listen. I really can’t recommend this album enough. If you don’t like it the first time you hear it, give it another listen, I promise it will grow on you!