DREADNOUGHT - Bridging Realms

Dreadnought - Bridging Realms

5 songs
52:39 minutes
***** ****


Not to be mistaken for the same named thrash metal band from Luxembourg, these Dreadnought are a quartet from Denver in Colorado, consisting of two women and two men. Founded in 2012, a first album titled Lifewoven followed one year later. Their sophomore effort Bridging Realms will only be out in Summer, but I do urge you to mark that event already in your calendar, because they are one of the most exciting bands I have come across in a really long time.

I donít know what it is about Colorado that this mountainous state occasionally gives birth to really intriguing artists, like Thinking Plague for instance. Maybe itís the rather liberal weed legislation combined with the lower oxygen levels of the higher altitudes, or maybe itís just being away from the typical conglomerations where itís hard to settle down for you own thing.

Dreadnought play an insanely crazy mix between progressive folk rock and modern atmospheric black metal, with occasional post rock elements occurring in between. Four of the songs make it over ten minutes, only Minuet De Lune is comparatively short with its six minutes. The vocals are shared by the two ladies, one of them singing clean, the other one both clean and harsh. The band members play the typical rock instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards and drums), but they each help out on flute, saxophones and mandolin. Itís these latter ones that emphasise the bandís folk sound, with parallels to Jethro Tull, Magna Carta and Renaissance. The black metal influence feels very contemporary, in the atmospheric post black metal field, and therefore it is not surprising that the musicians come in casual street clothes instead of fantasy costumes and corpse paint.

Each of the songs is filled to the brim with ideas, and their generous lengths allow the quartet to elaborate on the different parts, culminating in the fourteen minute epic Odyssey where they are pulling out all the stops. So yes, there is a certain risk that retro prog fans will be deterred by the aggressive metal parts, and the metal faction might find too many soft parts buried within the material, but any open-minded music fan will be delighted to finally have once again found a band that combines the past with the present in a rather unprecedented way. This is now already one of my top albums of the year.

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