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Dino Campanella (drums, keys)
Mark Engles (guitar)
Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitar)
Drew Roulette (bass, moog, speak & spell, samples)

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  • Vinyl (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dredg
  • ASIN: B002767SP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pariah
2. Drunk Slide
3. Ireland
4. Stamp Of Origin: Pessimistic
5. Lightswitch
6. Gathering Pebbles
7. Information
8. Stamp Of Origin: Ocean Meets Bay
9. Saviour
10. R U O K ?
11. I Don't Know
12. Mourning This Morning
13. Stamp Of Origin: Take A Look Around
14. Long Days and Vague Clues
15. Cartoon Showroom
16. Quotes
17. Down To The Cellar
18. Stamp Of Origin: Horizon

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California's Dredg specialize in meaningful contradictions: they're at once aggressive and beautiful, visceral and thoughtful. Limited edition double gatefold vinyl.

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"Veering between ominous dirges and wide-eyed big sky anthems, they play massive art metal that's been treated to multi-layered, intricate production in the vein of Radiohead and Pink Floyd; and for a band that can smash and roil like waves against Pacific beaches, they frequently take the subtler road, softening themselves with atmosphere and world music flourishes" --Pitchfork

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The new album manages to find that balance.
Amazon Customer
A band truly in love with the art of making music, they will explore and expand whenever and wherever they can.
A. Estes
If you don't like it the first time you hear it, give it another listen, I promise it will grow on you!
Pat

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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MIKE LEE on August 20, 2009
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This record is not bad at all, considering half the songs are instrumental or segues. El Cielo was brilliance and epic. Catch without arms was a very good "intellegent pop" (as i would call it) record.
This album goes over the top with poppiness, that would have been good if imediately following up the previous record.

Also, it feels like they wrote excellent parts, and kinda just threw it all in a blender. "Pariah", Information", and "I Don't Know" are the highlights. Others have interesting parts connected to not so interesting parts "Savior"

There are too many instrumentals and segues to really help one person stay focused on the art presented.

I love progressive music and music that goes above and beyond, but this band seems to be turning into The Mars Volta, capable of writing good songs, insanely talented, but very unfocused on where they want to go.

I recommend getting El Cielo or Catch Without Arms, and only download a few tracks from this record.
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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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