DaysLeft – Life in the Face of Death

Help Dan pay for diapers! Some local Toronto Melodic Metal for ye, check ’em out at Hard Luck Bar in downtown Toronto tonight!

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The Used’s New Album “Artwork” has leaked! Oh yeah, and they posted a new video too..

The Used have posted a new video for their lead single “Blood On My Hands” off their upcoming album “Artwork” today, and it’s actually not a bad tune. I’m not a huge Used fan but they’re kinda catchy I guess. It sounds pretty Used-ish, and I’m currently checking out the album as we speak, which also sounds Used-ish. No John Feldmann though, which is probably a good thing. I was kinda getting sick of all the sweeping EQ effects and overall over-produced-ness. Yeah, I make up my own words, so what?

Album Review – Dredg “The Parriah, the Parrot, the Delusion”

Another album I got my hands on last week was Dredg’s latest offering “The Parriah, the Parrot, the Delusion“.  Dredg have come a ways since their debut “Leitmotif” and I had the pleasure of discovering them back in 2003 in Toronto, opening a Snocore Tour that year with headliners Glassjaw and Sparta.  I had no idea who they were at the time but they thoroughly impressed me, despite the drummer beginning the show with an extended bathroom break (who knows what he was actually doing).

At that show they were touring “El Cielo“, possibly my favourite Dredg record to date, but this one comes close to that.  “The Parriah…” is a step forward from 2005’s “Catch Without Arms“, especially musically.  CWA had some great moments as well, but this record seems much more consistent.  Vocalist Gavin Hayes is as impressive as ever and I continue to admire his technique, however I feel he sometimes lacks lyrically.  Verses can come off too literal and only skin deep, and are composed, at times, more like a story book.  This happened, then this happened, then this happened, etc.  But this is not necessarily a bad thing, however I think I prefer lyrics not to be like that in general.  I like how provacative some verses are, coming off more controversially, this is a good thing. A few songs deal with the struggle between Religiousness and Atheism (which could also be considered a religion by some), apparently inspired by the Salmon Rushdie essay “Imagine There’s No Heaven” (Didn’t Lennon already do this?), and this adds to the controversy.

Musically, the album is very strong.  Drummer Dino Campanella keeps getting stronger and stronger with every release and this is no exception.   He is on top form and I feel he is one of the best drummers in Rock today.  The band is evolving with every song and there’s almost nothing to complain about in my opinion.  Some highlights include the opener “Parriah” which is up beat and continues the Dredg song tradition established on CWA.  The albums lead single is “Information”, and I think this is where some of my complaints about the lyrics are rooted.  It’s a catchy song and it continues to grow on me, but some of the verses irk me a little bit.  I think I just need a little less information 😉 Other strong tracks include, “I Don’t Know” and possibly my favourite track, “Saviour”.  Very strong song.  It’s heavy and in your face, melodic and super catchy.

Overall the record is solid.  I contains quite a number of tracks and clocks in at about 60 minutes, which feels like just the right length without overdoing anything. “The Parriah, The Parrot, The Delusion” is definitely worth a listen for anyone just discovering this band.  For the rest of you already in the loop, you shouldn’t be disappointed with this record.  I feel it continues the Dredg legacy that they have been establishing on “El Cielo” and “Catch Without Arms“.

3/5

J