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Emergence

by DREADNOUGHT

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Gokiburi
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Gokiburi An incredible introspective and emotional journey for which music is the conduit. Having spent so much time with Dreadnought’s prior album, I was not sure what else the band could do to take me on a similar journey again. It turns out it was a NEW journey which I needed most to take. There are similarities between both albums and those which came before, but just like each of those, Emergence is entirely its own thing. And it is a thing of intense beauty, thought and feeling.
Nicolas RESSOT
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Nicolas RESSOT Un album qui pourrait être représentatif de la scène post-black metal en lorgnant abusivement du côté du dark ambiant...Sauf que là il s'agit de vrais musiciens et de vraies compos ; et ça change tout ! Favorite track: Pestilent.
MJK666
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MJK666 I first heard of this wonderful band in Decibel magazine. I then had the pleasure of seeing them in Boston opening for Spirit Adrift. When we greeted Nate at the merch table he said something to the effect of, “You might want to check these guys out.” It was one of those musical experiences where you don’t know the band’s material but are blown away by the performance. See them if you can. Support them because they make beautiful music. This recording is essential. I thank the band for creating this.
Ghigigi
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Ghigigi Dreadnought released their best album yet with Emergence. It takes all the strengths of their previous releases and matures and focuses them, resulting in a lean, powerful, impactful, emotive release that brims with the intensity of doom metal and the ambition of prog.

Full review here: wp.me/pawrNb-3A Favorite track: The Waking Realm.
James Austin
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James Austin This is one of my most played albums of the year and yet I still struggle to put my thoughts on it into words. Its rather dense black-prog soundscape is so encapsulating you often find yourself lost in it. Favorite track: Pestilent.
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pablo_sound Heavier than ever, they still deliver a top notch album.
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1.
Besieged 06:48
Measure the hours with hushed prayers Tremors erupt and invade Collapsing bones powder the soil Crumbling, trade silence for discord As my limbs take action, The sparks of pain That resist every effort Crackle from the inner flame I once called inspiration Sighs fall gently to our feet We scatter poison ideas as we run toward every corner disgraced Like the old gods If we linger we will be abandoned And sparsely paint the earth The beat of an aging drum Patters: ba da, ba da Cadence of our repose Begs for surrender Savage and seething breath And one merciless spark Christen the clay and stone Anoint the earth Is power Infancy’s swift rise Into self-awareness Or is it knowing the lessons Of what we've done When did the remedy Become the enemy? In the tender web of night She hisses lullabies
2.
Still 03:24
Cold, still air Caresses quiet eyes Immersed in blood Embraced by ash Who am I to play witness? To an otherwise hidden passing Left to the wind
3.
Pestilent 12:04
I offer a salute To your ruthless endurance Borrowed canvas, fruitless contributions stunting evolution Do I have the right to mourn for the Death of what was never mine? What moves a hand to action? Smothering lumens of light? Take me back to morning when nothing fair was dying My edifice reaches Arrogant, into the night sky Doomed to wither I know now my tongue was stretched To taste clouds, to curse the soil Cast sparks into the wind Pray for distance I swore alliance with the morrow and its cultivation To be formidable is worth the transitory agony Irrational, deadened, insatiable Acid in my chest simmers like the birch And puckers the magnolias Drift away As the anchor resists the undertow To settle its rust amongst the basalt We remain naive to the subduction; The ire that forged our stability
4.
Tempered 10:31
In deaf hibernation Amidst a stunning collapse Coughed into existence By the breath of the hollow It was to be nature’s theatre The splendor of the gods Bestowing the gift Of hearth and dance The surface cracks Giving way To serpentine form Persistence may be The greatest strength Of living things Writhing through the ashen crypt The fibers ripple attuned and alive untouched by the poison Of malintention They scatter like serpents Across the blighted refuse And blot the light from the sky Can one take refuge in dissolution? My many faces prove to be superficial In my gut I feel the leash; A disturbance tugging me Into newness, grief, and awe Perceptive and enlightened; Alive The delicate insight of new eyes
5.
In this cruel awakening I tried like all before To reconcile with all that was And all that is to come There I fade Collapsed, entranced By such complexity Astounded by the grandeur Of the waking realm The entrance of my kingdom hides; Lies dormant like the seeker Open and persuaded Observing with boundless eyes The measure of our movements Only live in the constraints of time Cowardice begets mediocrity The hour is nigh Stale satiety cannot comfort us The hour is nigh Golden eyes ascending from the embers endure through the seething heat through the ether they glide An eastern wind carries the spark Into the open These orbs behold an emerald sea Beyond the scorched earth Memories unfold Beckon the unknown What sustains my light Ravages the life Of those who fly this far A tribe relentless Red, red peaks pierce clouds With their splintered cloaks Though roaring waves would prove fatal, Their crests and crashes inspire To satisfy the object of my journey In spite of the danger at hand, I glimpse ivory shores A new chapter begins

about

For their fourth full-length album “Emergence”, Denver, Colorado doom-prog band DREADNOUGHT follow-up their 2017 “A Wake In Sacred Waves” acclamation with an album that takes their singular multiplex and pictorial sound to new sonic realms even more heavily textile, complex, and vastly designed. “Emergence" sees the four-piece, consisting of vocalist/guitarist/flute player Kelly Schilling, drummer/sax player Jordan Clancy, keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Vieira, and bassist/mandolin player Kevin Handlon, delving more into heavier and darker sonic territory as well, an aspect that was evident with “A Wake…” but has become fully realized with “Emergence”.

There are a multitude of layers that establish DREADNOUGHT’s sound, making them one of the more unique sounding bands in today’s doom/dark/progressive metal circles. Consisting of a myriad of influences that seamlessly sew their sound together, from prog, doom, folk, jazz, classical/chamber, avant-garde, and even a little bit of black metal managing to find its way into DREADNOUGHT’s audial tapestry, “Emergence” is the culmination of the band’s continued development and evolution, one that began with 2013’s “Lifewoven” LP followed by 2015’s “Bridging Realms” and the aforementioned 2017 LP “A Wake…”.

Thematically “Emergence” resonates with elements of flame, tying together similar structures between the ancient connection of nature’s most destructive yet purifying forces and the human condition. Through the four searing tracks comprising “Emergence”, the realities of this age-old cycle of rebirth, beginning with chaotic annihilation of what is, and leaving behind nourishing ash to enrich what is to come. A new being arises from the smolder, forged by the fires of self-destruction and trials of every lifetime before it.

With the ferocity of a wildfire, DREADNOUGHT opens the album with “Besieged” painting the connections of the catastrophic events of life with witnessing the Earth ablaze. In memoir of the countless losses in the immolation, “Still” is an interlude that pays tribute to the mourning of fleeting life and memories. “Pestilent” speaks to intense struggle that we as humans battle to choose reality in moments of tribulations as we attempt to escape and resist the decimation left in the fire’s wake. Wisdom granted through the labours of rebirth leaves who was once seen as the victim, the true victor by their willingness to witness a broader perspective of transformation.“Tempered” captures the essence of this enlightened perspective, named by the process of strengthening metal tools using fires, the once destructive flames are seen as a purifying method to cultivate new life.

The dust settles upon a masterful being, one that has endured a renaissance with struggles of hellfire and gained a wealth of worldly knowledge. As we enter the final track, “The Waking Realm”, DREADNOUGHT leaves us with this universal pattern of nature to reflect on as the final echoes of the album fade. No matter what cycle of rebirth we are currently in, nature’s perfected design lends comfort to those embarking on the journey of transformation as light from the fires of our own hell will guide the path forward.

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released May 10, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Mark Facey

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