dredg
El Cielo


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (74 Reviews)
June 10th, 2013 | 48 replies | 1,431 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dredg manages to make an overall scary experience sound so beautiful.

All the same. Everyone goes to sleep and everyone dreams. However, no one expects to sleep paralysised for a moment, see visions of an incubus, and hear the eerie sound of bees in your ears. Dredg manages to make an overall scary experience sound so beautiful. As a progressive concept album, it has a natural sense of flow practically unseen in albums nowadays. Driven by a compelling vision for an original idea, soothing yet powerful vocals, and beautiful music, El Cielo is an absolute triumph.

El Cielo is heavily influenced by a painting created by Salvador Dali. This painting is supposed to depict a literal interpretation of sleep paralysis and the visions or dreams you have accompanying it . The album has incredibly well done interludes that they appropriately named brushstroke. As you listen to the album, it is almost as if a painting is being created as you listen to it. A couple of songs play and then you work on the painting a little more with a stroke of your paintbrush. It's quite an amazing and original idea I've never heard of in music and it really works.

Usually climaxes in a song result in huge crescendos with soaring guitars and powerful vocals. However, on El Cielo most of the climaxes happen at the quieter moments. Sanzen is the perfect example because it has all of this beautiful build up to a sound of what seems to be the noise you hear during sleep paralysis. Then it immediately cuts to somber guitar and blaring horns in the background. The same can be said for Same Ol Road. The vocals claim to be repeating a certain event which is likely sleep paralysis. The guitar riff is inspiring and everything else is original. However, the climax happens when Gavin humbly preaches about how "all we need is a modest house in a modest neighborhood" and how we must be strong. The climax contains strong vocalizing I've never heard before and the whole album contains unusual sounds that really work. Triangle contains the same vocalizing, but it's a bit more mesmerizing than Same Ol Road. It's quite a wonder to behold.

Some of the lyrical content on El Cielo is actually quite straightforward to the concept. Convalescent speaks about how you don't know until you've been through the experience and Scissor Lock is about the experience happening to you. Scissor Lock never really climaxes, but it makes the whole experience sound appealing with Gavin expertly delivering the line, "I too once though the radio played, let's act like children while we sleep paralysised."

The band's performance as a whole is breathtaking and extremely mature for a second outing. They all play their instruments expertly and Gavin's vocals are highly appropriate to each song. He rarely reaches for high notes, but on this particular album he doesn't need to hit them to deliver an ultimate experience. However, he does hit some awesome high notes on It Only Took A Day. The vocals and guitar are the driving on the album, but that is not to say the drums and bass take a back seat. Each is consistent and expertly played. Dredg doesn't have the heavy angsty sound of Tool or the psychedelic sound of Pink Floyd. They have a sound of their own that they still keep on this album to this day. Any fans of progressive rock should definitely pick this one up because it is a work of art that to this day still remains unrecognized by the music industry. It's quite a shame...

Standout Tracks:
-Same Ol Road
-Sanzen
-Triangle
-Sorry But It's Over
-Scissor Lock
-It Only Took A Day



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I indented, but doesn't seem to be showing up in the review oh well. What you guys think? The end paragraph feels rushed to me so any feedback is welcomed!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



20580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not having of the room, whoa is me and the canyon behind her in the recd tracks is ugh

but yea good review amazing album

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love every song on it obviously, but those of my favorites. Of the room is great

facupm
June 10th 2013



7082 Comments


Never heard this, worth?

Digging: Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If your a fan of alt rock/Prog rock music man it's up your alley.

facupm
June 10th 2013



7082 Comments


This is worth checking??

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



20580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no

wabbit
June 10th 2013



6975 Comments


this stops being good on your 17th birthday


enjoy the fuck out of it until then.

undertakerpt
June 10th 2013



1174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great disc

Gyromania
June 10th 2013



15164 Comments


What insurrection said - those are the best songs (especially canyon), as well a scissor lock

Artuma
June 10th 2013



10240 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome album and yeah, Canyon is the best

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

scissorlocked
June 10th 2013



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

scissor lock is the best actually

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just listened to Canyon again this is a great fuckin track. It's tough to choose to best tracks. Sanzen is my fav out of the whole album.

Artuma
June 10th 2013



10240 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@scissor: quite an obvious comment considering your user name : P

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nmv you edited that. Thought that was directed at me haha

breakingthefragile
June 10th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sigh.

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Yotimi
June 10th 2013



6436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so much of this album is so obviously bad. I guess I can kind of see the appeal if you don't put too much thought into it though, maybe, possibly

facupm
June 10th 2013



7082 Comments


I like the album title

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



8948 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

U check it out? What you think if you did?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013



20580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

name one song thats "obviously bad"



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