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Aggressive and beautiful, visceral and thoughtful, Dredg are set to release their highly anticipated release, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion on Ohlone Recordings June 9, 2009. Produced by Matt Radosevich, "The Pariah..." marks the Bay Area band s fourth full-length studio album. On this release, Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitar), Drew Roulette (bass, moog, speak & spell, samples), Mark Engles (guitar) and Dino Campanella (drums, keys) combine to create equal parts punk aggression and metallic complexity - a sound that brings together the artistic instrumentation, haunting vocals and emotional intensity that is Dredg. Though driven by rhythms and guitars, "The Pariah..." is far from a typical rock album. Inspired in part by Salman Rushdie s essay
Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen, Dredg capture the madness of the modern world, particularly its battles over religion and science, within a musical missive to the future. Fittingly, "The Pariah..." is packaged and constructed like a letter, its songs and instrumental interludes connected by eerie, evocative Wurlitzer piano-and-voice segments. Diverse and textured, these intentional imperfections allow some of Dredg s mellowest recorded moments to mingle with some of their harshest. "The Pariah..." combines the raw power of the band s earliest records with both the epic, cinematic sweep and operatic ambition of "El Cielo" as well as the exceptional songwriting and searing ballast of "Catch Without Arms."

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dredg
  • ASIN: B001UJIMI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2009
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The follow up to 2005's stellar "Catch Without Arms" is finally here, and while "The Pariah, The Parot, and The Delusion" won't be winning over any non-believers, it certainly shouldn't be a disappointment for current fans.

The band takes little risks with this release, undoubtedly in light of their obvious predicament. After releasing one conceptual masterpiece, "El Cielo," and the more straight-forward but equally as satisfying "Catch Without Arms," the band must have been concerned with how one finds balance between both albums while keeping everyone happy.

The new album manages to find that balance. Fans of the earlier work will be relieved to know that dredg hasn't gone in a more commercial direction; which, if I remember correctly, was a big concern for some after the last release.

The songs on the record should get better with age, unlike the immediately good but quick staling ones off of "Catch Without Arms." Also, the experimental edge missing from the last release is back in full-swing; Indeed, "The Pariah, The Parrot, and The Delusion" is perhaps dredg's most experimental record to date.

Of course, there's a flipside. Despite sharing a "Brushtrokes" type interlude technique (here, they're called "Stamps of Origin"), the conceptual aspect seems to be existent only on the surface. The album never reaches the conceptual heights of "El Cielo," and if there's some deeper theme to delve into here, it's blown right past me. You won't find the diversity of the previous albums here, either. For the most part, the songs all carry the same moods and move at the same tempos.

The album isn't bad by any means. It's just not the aesthetic statement fans are likely waiting for after four years of vacationing.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jacobs on June 15, 2009
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After four years of waiting, Dredg's fourth studio album can be yours for only a reasonable sum of money! This recording of music by one of Matt Jacobs' favorite bands is finally here, and well worth the price of entry! It's not as great as their last two albums, but this music is so good you'll be completely puzzled at how no major review outlet will give this band the time of day! Marvel at how despite the radical shift in the band's sound over the last decade, they've never failed to make something interesting. Tremble before the might of the rocking bass lines. Be slightly disappointed at the continued lack of lyrics in the accompanying booklet. Ignore the fact that the band members are probably really pretentious because you like their music anyway. It can be yours, today!

Included among this album's 18 tracks are:
- 3 catchy singles
- 7 more full songs
- 4 instrumental interludes of varying length
- 4 "Stamp of Origin" tracks, bite-sized musical nuggets to round out the experience
- And more!*

If you can't enjoy the thrills to be found in songs like "Pariah", "Ireland", "Information", "I Don't Know", "Quotes", and others, then I don't know what the hell's wrong with you and frankly I don't want to talk to you anymore! Act now!

*There is no more.
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By Brett on July 3, 2009
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After a four-year hiatus, Bay Area indie rockers dredg have returned with a record whose ambition -- and payoff -- easily eclipse their respectable 2005 effort, CATCH WITHOUT ARMS. Having been dropped from Interscope in the period since that album's release, the band took their sweet time in churning out PARIAH, founding their own independent label and enlisting the help of a lesser-known producer. The result is actually the best sound quality and production values the band have achieved yet in their career, by far.

What this album may lack in the pop sensibilities of CWOA -- or epic, larger-than-life atmosphere of EL CIELO (admittedly still the band's crowning achivement) -- it makes up for in the sheer diversity of the music and instrumentation. About half of the 10 full-length songs here are completely outside the realm of the slow-burning, spacey indie rock dredg and their contemporaries have traditionally indulged in. "Light Switch" draws from Zeppelin/classic rock in a far more direct way than anything the band has done before, and throws in some blues elements for good measure; meanwhile, "Mourning This Morning" and "Gathering Pebbles" (the latter a true standout on the record) elicit enough of a jazz (!) influence to leave fans' jaws on the floor upon first listen.

The structure of the record abandons CATCH WITHOUT ARMS's to-the-point delivery, instead harkening back to the EL CIELO era, when interludes between full-length songs were actually interesting and warranted separate tracks. In fact, instrumentals "R U O K?" and "Down to the Cellar" are probably the best the band has offered up yet, surpassing any of the "Brushstrokes" of EL CIELO.
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So it took me awhile to finally get around to this album. I have been a Dredg fan for many many years, know them, seen them many many times, but not in the last couple of years. I was afraid that this would be the album that really started them down a crappy path, and I was both pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed at the same time.

One of the things that I like about this band is that they are one of the few bands out there in this alt/art/rock sort of genre that is actually somewhat creative and interesting. This album is that.

The arrangement/instrumentation on this album is a bit different, whether for good or bad I have yet to decide, but it does not have the same mix as Orph, Leitmotif, Catch Without Arms, or El Cielo. I would say that the sound reminds me a lot of the mix on "Thirteenth Step" by A Perfect Circle.

As for the songwriting and style, it is a different mix of old dredg. There are a couple of tunes that sound like they could have been on El Cielo, a couple of tunes that could be from Catch Without Arms, and one or two that remind me somewhat of Symbol Song or some of the early stuff. There are also a tune or two that have a new sound for dredg, some ways that the band has never really gone. Again, some of the new things that they do I did not really think suited the style too well.

As an album, it is constructed a lot like El Cielo, some major story songs split apart by small interludes. It is not a new form, but dredg do it rather well.

Overall, it is good and if you are a dredg fan, you will probably like it, but if you are a fringe fan or never really listened to dredg, this is not the album to start with. Learn to love El Cielo, and you will probably like this album.
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