Dredg is a modern sounding band, by way of combining the 80's new wave with some 90's attitude. They even flex their muscles enough to cater to the heavier sounding bands without being catorgorized as one. They should appeal to many different audiences such as the more adventurous metal-heads, proggers, alt-rocker and everything in between.
Normally I try not to review music outside of the progressive genre, but sometimes there are bands that warrant being reviewed such as Dredg. Mainly because these guys go way beyond what other alternative or mainstream bands sound like. In fact in many ways they have many progressive rock tendencies to their instrumentation.
Dredg’s music is geared to the audiences that want a little more than the typical modern/ alt-rock sound. In many ways, the songs on Catch Without Arms have some timelessness to them such as Ode to the Sun and Bug Eyes. Their music is as I mentioned before, has a slight progressive vibe going on. Enough to help bridge the gap between the mainstream and progressive worlds. That’s where the progressive labeling stops.
Catch Without Arms is a wonderful new album that defies the “paint by numbers” rock bands today with some very interesting styles. I read their other CDs are a bit more adventurous so I’m sure once you hear this album, you’ll be just like me and seeking out the others. Check ‘em out today!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on November 1st, 2005