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Dredg Leitmotif CD Album Review

22 June 2010 4 Comments

By: A. Estes

Note: This album was released on May 30th, 1998. In our interview with Elias Soriano of Nonpoint, Elias mentioned Dredg as being a band he really enjoys. Let me tell you, there last one, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is an amazing record too. So, here is a review of Leitmotif, one you should all check out. -Andrew (Andy and I are not the same person – obviously).

Dredg Leitmotif CD Album Cover

If the music Dredg made prior to being signed was any indication, they could have made a living making fairly accessible agro-rock in the late 90’s/early 00’s and their record label would have loved them for it. Yet, they didn’t do that, and instead, took the high road, seeing where their instincts and influences would take them. Leitmotif, the band’s 1998 debut (re-released by Universal in 2001 and now, sadly, out of print) is a brilliant snap-shot of a band rejecting convention in favor for sprawling song-structures and complex compositions.

Less of a set of songs than one big cohesive piece, Leitmotif is quite a remarkable effort from such a young band, yet it exudes the sort of confidence that bands like Tool and Pink Floyd (obvious influences) operate under. The songs, if they can be called that (perhaps “movements” would be a more appropriate term) all share a uniform style that progresses as the album pushes on, covering everything from post-hardcore to jazz. While “Symbol Song” and “Penguins in the Desert” in particular tend to stick out, there isn’t exactly a moment you could extract and say “okay, this is the single.” Each part functions to serve the whole, making this perhaps one of the most cohesive concept albums in recent memory.

While it begs to be heard in its proper format — from front to back — rest assured that there is never a dull moment. Even though most of the album lacks vocals or conventional song structures, it is conceived with enough polish and energy to sustain itself even through its 20 minute conclusion. While the band would go on to build on this sound and truly stand out from the crowd, Leitmotif still stands as a remarkable and daring achievement that is a modern classic in its own right. Perhaps someday the band and this album will get the recognition they deserve so very badly.


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  • Kreator said:

    Here we go again. I read that Far review you wrote. Glorifying older, crappy albums from shitty bands does no one any favors. Skip this CD. It sucks. The new one is sick though.

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  • 1942 said:

    This album was terrible. I listened today. Inaccurate review. Biased as hell.

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  • Carla said:

    1942 has a point. This is good, but a little overinflated of a review.

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