dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

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Release Date

06/09/2009

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Tracklist

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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Dredg fans have been waiting four years since the band's previous record, Catch Without Arms, and more than just fans can tell you that's a long time to wait for an album. What separates the Dredg fans from people who are just waiting for another El Cielo is that the fans can appreciate whatever Dredg manages to surprise us with each time around, and dredg are becoming geniuses at creating surprises. If you're one of those people who don't like surprises, yet you're still somehow anticipating this album, then you should maybe refrain from reading the entirety of this review and keep your witty criticisms to yourself. Dredg clearly haven't written this album for you. Get over it.

The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion - that's quite an album title. Maybe a bit pretentious, perhaps, but once you listen to the record the music clearly does not come across as such. One will gather immediately that the band has once again 'changed' as the overall feeling and atmosphere of this record is much different than both that of the dark and dreamy El Cielo and the poppy, more upbeat Catch Without Arms. On Pariah the band somehow seemingly mixes all of these sounds into one record, while even gathering up the memories of Leitmotif, and also showcasing some completely new sounds one never would imagine hearing from Dredg.

Here is one good example of Dredg doing something completely different: "Lightswitch". The song opens with an organ, transitions into a western influenced verse, then into a melancholy pre-chorus, and finally climaxes with a chorus of triumphant violins and powerful vocals from vocalist Gavin Hayes. Each section of this song has a completely different sound, yet somehow it manages to work perfectly as a complete package. The track is as simplistic as it is complex and confusing, all at the same time, and it's completely fantastic.

Another album highlight is "Gathering Pebbles". This is another track that completely changes, this time drastically, from beginning to end, transforming into a sexy, yet somber pop song from what is easily the heaviest riff Dredg have yet put to tape. The spectrum that this band has now covered is beyond what most bands would have the guts to even think of exploring. This particular song is an easy example of their ability to take risks, but it is not the only one, proving that The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is by far the band's most diverse record yet.

Pariah also expresses a theme, as Dredg albums usually do. This time around the lyrics are just as diverse as the music itself, but the overall message is supposed to be delivered to the 7th billion person born (note that the album cover is designed like a package or letter). The topic and idea of religion seems to be brought up numerous times throughout the majority of the record, with songs like "Pariah", "Information", "Quotes" and "I Don't Know" being some defining examples. What is curious about this topic is the band's approach to their lyrics. Rather then being 'think for yourself' type of advice, it seems to come off a bit more angry, and almost offensive, though one would doubt that to be the original intention.

In all, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is 60 minutes of Dredg at their best, most diverse, and most enjoyable. With 18 tracks there's so much to hear, and no matter what mood a song portrays, there's no doubt it's a fantastic track. The full production is amazing to hear with all of the unique uses of percussion and instrumentation, and the songs are written without predictability. Every member in the band really does seem to go all out on this album. You can hear the amount of effort all four members have put into each track. Even the most simplistic of songs has layers and layers of ear candy of brilliant quality. I think it is safe to say that if Dredg were to take four years to write another album, long time fans, and even cranky, regression-worshipping music fans will have an easier time holding themselves over with The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion than they did with Catch Without Arms.

--Chris Pandolfo

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Last updated: 09/29/2009 09:04PM

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Rick Gebhardt
06/10/2009
09:09AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota

Wait... Chris gave this a 5/5?  That's so, like, totally unexpected :-)

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aaron
06/10/2009
10:23AM
Age: 32
Location
Atascadero, CA

didnt even have to click the review to know who would have jizzed all over it.

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M.J.Austin
06/10/2009
10:50AM
Location
Dallas, Texas

I don't know which is funnier, this review, or that "Blydimmanu Ef - In Soviet Russia, Caveman Jesus Does YOU" prank from awhile back. But the fact that Pandolfo'scomedyis unintentionalis just call kinds of awesomeness and makes it that much better.Damn dude, do you have any ideawhat objectivity means?

Bill Lohr
06/10/2009
11:37AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA
M.J.Austin

I don't know which is funnier, this review, or that "Blydimmanu Ef - In Soviet Russia, Caveman Jesus Does YOU" prank from awhile back. But the fact that Pandolfo'scomedyis unintentionalis just call kinds of awesomeness and makes it that much better.Damn dude, do you have any ideawhat objectivity means?

Holy lack of spaces!

M.J.Austin
06/10/2009
12:05PM
Location
Dallas, Texas

Not my fault. Stuck at work and they only use IE 6. This new decoy has NEVER worked properly with it.

[Edit: I had write this post three times now as only pieces were posted. And oddly, I have access to the edit button now when it usually isn't available.]

BlakeW
06/10/2009
12:45PM
Location
Oklahoma

This review lost all credibility for me upon reading this line:

"If you're one of those people who don't like surprises, yet you're
still somehow anticipating this album, then you should maybe refrain
from reading the entirety of this review and keep your witty criticisms
to yourself. Dredg clearly haven't written this album for you. Get over
it."

If you think this band is untouchable and beyond criticism, cool.  But suggesting, in a review of all places, that people keep negative comments to themselves is off-putting, to say the least.   

Spartan E7
06/10/2009
01:38PM
Age: 27
Location
Infinitely Inwards

 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

Zach Roth
06/10/2009
02:25PM
Age: 26
Location
Fishers, Indiana
BlakeW

This review lost all credibility for me upon reading this line:

"If you're one of those people who don't like surprises, yet you're
still somehow anticipating this album, then you should maybe refrain
from reading the entirety of this review and keep your witty criticisms
to yourself. Dredg clearly haven't written this album for you. Get over
it."

If you think this band is untouchable and beyond criticism, cool.  But suggesting, in a review of all places, that people keep negative comments to themselves is off-putting, to say the least.   

Really... that passage doesn't make any discernable sense. The beginning does not match the ending.

I think Chris' was perhaps the most informed review of the bunch.

And I love how everyone's definition of objectivity is "doesn't score above a 4.5." Pussies.

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.

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NiCK JAMES
06/10/2009
08:40PM
Age: 22
Location
Lakewood, OH

Maybe I'm just not in the mood for Dredg right now, but I haven't been able to listen to a complete song yet.

doubleDriven05
06/10/2009
08:51PM
Age: 34
M.J.Austin

I don't know which is funnier, this review, or that "Blydimmanu Ef - In Soviet Russia, Caveman Jesus Does YOU" prank from awhile back. But the fact that Pandolfo'scomedyis unintentionalis just call kinds of awesomeness and makes it that much better.Damn dude, do you have any ideawhat objectivity means?

"These are our lives, but did they ever even matter - are we worth remembering?"
- "Tip The Scales"
Rise Against

doubleDriven05
06/10/2009
08:55PM
Age: 34

Hmm... it didn't post my words, just the post I was quoting. What was supposed to go with the above was: "yeah, those guys need to come out with another album sometime. I heard that two of their members just sit around and make fun of other bands now." Any amount of funny or silly in the original post is now lost in having to make it two posts... yet I'm left without because the "edit" option is not available and I'll otherwise look like an even bigger dunce.

"These are our lives, but did they ever even matter - are we worth remembering?"
- "Tip The Scales"
Rise Against

lazerwolf
06/10/2009
09:04PM
Age: 29
Location
NJ
Spartan E7

 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

Go FLYERS Go

Bill Lohr
06/11/2009
06:42AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA

I think Chris' review was the best so far. Who cares that he is biased. That just means he has a better grasp on the band and will provide an interesting insight on the album, in the mix of five reviews that the site is hosting.

Everyone is biased in some way. When we pick albums to review, of course we are going to pick one by a band we like and have at least some knowledge on. Maybe not even a band, maybe it's a genre of music you prefer more than others.

My rating of the album still stands at a solid 3/5 but I'll give Chris' review a 5/5.

scott.m
06/11/2009
06:48AM

I don't think that being biased has ever meant that you have a better grasp on something. But then, it's human nature to be biased. Objectivity is bullshit.

Spartan E7
06/11/2009
06:54AM
Age: 27
Location
Infinitely Inwards
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

Bill Lohr
06/11/2009
07:02AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

That was WAAAAAY too hard to comprehend on a Thursday morning when I am completely hungover.

Scott, objectivity is bullshit. However, everyone is objective and biased as well. You're going to represent what you love. It is going to be hard to be objective on a subject you like ya know?  I don't know, like I said, I'm realllllllly hungover so what do I know. haha

Spartan E7
06/11/2009
07:51AM
Age: 27
Location
Infinitely Inwards
Bill Lohr
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

That was WAAAAAY too hard to comprehend on a Thursday morning when I am completely hungover.

Scott, objectivity is bullshit. However, everyone is objective and biased as well. You're going to represent what you love. It is going to be hard to be objective on a subject you like ya know?  I don't know, like I said, I'm realllllllly hungover so what do I know. haha


Hahaha....I like potatoes.

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

lazerwolf
06/11/2009
07:52AM
Age: 29
Location
NJ
Bill Lohr
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

That was WAAAAAY too hard to comprehend on a Thursday morning when I am completely hungover.

Scott, objectivity is bullshit. However, everyone is objective and biased as well. You're going to represent what you love. It is going to be hard to be objective on a subject you like ya know?  I don't know, like I said, I'm realllllllly hungover so what do I know. haha

I agree with this. When you try to be objective, you are still influenced by what you like and dislike. Everyone's tastes are way different and influenced by a number of different sources. 3 reviewers for this album gave it 3 completely different scores with 3 completely different reasons.

I just feel that someone who is biased will overlook the minor flaws in an album because they like the band and don't see them in a way

Go FLYERS Go

Spartan E7
06/11/2009
07:55AM
Age: 27
Location
Infinitely Inwards
lazerwolf
Bill Lohr
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

That was WAAAAAY too hard to comprehend on a Thursday morning when I am completely hungover.

Scott, objectivity is bullshit. However, everyone is objective and biased as well. You're going to represent what you love. It is going to be hard to be objective on a subject you like ya know?  I don't know, like I said, I'm realllllllly hungover so what do I know. haha


I agree with this. When you try to be objective, you are still influenced by what you like and dislike. Everyone's tastes are way different and influenced by a number of different sources. 3 reviewers for this album gave it 3 completely different scores with 3 completely different reasons.

I just feel that someone who is biased will overlook the minor flaws in an album because they like the band and don't see them in a way


Uh huh. I would too say that infinite variables influence infinite opinions differently. There is always so much to consider. However,Semantics yet again my friend...and I still like potatoes.

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

Bill Lohr
06/11/2009
07:59AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA

I'm Irish so I love potatoes...and I'm still hungover hahaha baseball and 151 and Busch pounders whoa! Needless to say my coffee tastes like shit this morning.

lazerwolf
06/11/2009
08:02AM
Age: 29
Location
NJ
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Bill Lohr
Spartan E7
lazerwolf
Spartan E7
 Who wouldn't have known that it was chris?  So he's biased about dredg....so what. We all already knew this fact.

its not a "so what". a biased person will more than likely review favorably than someone who isn't

I intend no direct disrespect by this but : In regards to your reply, are you speaking objectively or subjectively considering Chris's ideology? The opinion of any one individual is paramount to the perception  that is perceiving it. There isn't, as far as I know, anything like a "Grand Committee of International Reviewers and Truthful Opinions" to consult. If there is, then i retract my ridiculously pretentious statements and hereby relinquish all semantic arguments to anyone else who cares.   

That was WAAAAAY too hard to comprehend on a Thursday morning when I am completely hungover.

Scott, objectivity is bullshit. However, everyone is objective and biased as well. You're going to represent what you love. It is going to be hard to be objective on a subject you like ya know?  I don't know, like I said, I'm realllllllly hungover so what do I know. haha


I agree with this. When you try to be objective, you are still influenced by what you like and dislike. Everyone's tastes are way different and influenced by a number of different sources. 3 reviewers for this album gave it 3 completely different scores with 3 completely different reasons.

I just feel that someone who is biased will overlook the minor flaws in an album because they like the band and don't see them in a way


Uh huh. I would too say that infinite variables influence infinite opinions differently. There is always so much to consider. However,Semantics yet again my friend...and I still like potatoes.

i think we can all agree potatoes = 5/5

Go FLYERS Go

Rick Gebhardt
06/11/2009
08:03AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota

Find me EVERYWHERE:




Spartan E7
06/11/2009
08:04AM
Age: 27
Location
Infinitely Inwards

Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Coffee with Potatoes!!!!!!

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

Nicholas
06/11/2009
08:06AM
Age: 32
Location
Baton Rouge

I feel bad for ending the quotefest, but I have to say, I like that Chris got hot and bothered by this when he was technically "already there". That's why Decoy is posting so many reviews of this album: to give a myriad of opinions. It would be unfair to cut out the guy that has the most enthusiasm for the band in the first place. I think if this album really sucked he would be more apt to throw vitriol in his disappointment than someone who cares less. After reading this review, someone who is already a huge fan of this band will know they probably won't have to worry about being disappointed by Pariah.

Chris Conlan
06/11/2009
02:40PM
Age: 29
Location
Dubuque

If you want to yell at anyone, yell at me.  I wanted Chris to do the review and I'm glad he did and I knew that he's a HUGE fan to begin with.  Honestly, I'm a MASSIVE Blink 182 fan, but I would have no problem giving their new stuff a bad review if I thought it sucked.  I believe Chris is the same way.