Dreadnought - Lifewoven review




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Band: Dreadnought
Album: Lifewoven
Release date: May 2013


01. Nascence
02. Lift
03. Deluge
04. Utopia
05. Immolate
06. Renaissance


Let's say you want to make a sandwich. You've firmly decided on white bread as your dough of choice, but being the s̶n̶o̶b̶b̶y̶ ̶a̶s̶s̶h̶o̶l̶e̶ sophisticated intellectual that you are you don't want to settle for a mere ham and cheese, that's just far too bland for your likings. So you go to the supermarket and stock up on $30 worth of ingredients to make this a sandwich more catered to your IQ points (and credit score). What results is a monumental supreme taste voyage of meat and vegetables whose numbers go beyond the limits of the human language…. or, in other words, an edible equivalent of Lifewoven, the highly impressive 2013 debut from American band Dreadnought.

The core sound of the innovative foursome that is Dreadnought lies in the progressive metal area, but not in the sense of Dream Theater-esque prog, or some type of djent-y Meshuggah ripoff with a bunch of overdone syncopation. Lifewoven is, more than anything, an homage to the classic prog acts of the 70s, especially Yes and King Crimson. Much like their progressive forefathers, Dreadnought weave a delicate compositional technique that has enough twists and turns to keep things creative and intriguing, but that isn't too overtly technical to digest. Whether it's the beautiful vocal melodies on "Nascence" and "Renaissance," the unorthodox instrumentation (including sax, mandolin, trumpet, and flute) on tracks like "Immolate" and "Utopia" or even the fat, audible bass tone throughout, with Lifewoven Dreadnought make it quite clear that they know how to craft music that is vastly multi-layered, but doesn't feel bloated.

In addition to the progressive core of the band's sound, Dreadnought also make use of a few simple, yet effective black metal elements, which at some points enhance the music, like in the middle of "Nascence," and at other points come to dominate it, like on "Deluge." While these extra flavors may not be abundant enough to regard Lifewoven as a full fledged progressive black metal album, Dreadnought manage to weave them in at just the right points in the composition, so that they give the songwriting that extra push it needs to create a more multi-faceted experience for the listener. With as wide an array of instrumentation and compositional techniques as Dreadnought make use of, one would think it would almost be counterproductive for the band to not bring them all out equally as crisply, and Lifewoven indeed does makes use of a very "round," all-inclusive production sound that helps to bring everything out and leaves no part of the music overshadowed.

Hearing Lifewoven reminds me a lot of the first time I listened to Negură Bunget, because it's very much the same type of listening experience. That is, there's a lot going on with the instrumentation, with a ton of non-metal instruments that help to create a mesmerizing, almost transcendental mood. To some listeners this may come across as unnecessary and pretentious, but fans of more progressive or otherwise off-the-wall forms of music will enjoy it for what it is: a highly intelligent album from a group of musicians trying to give us something that we haven't heard before. Lifewoven is easily one of the most well-composed albums I've heard all year, and for a debut it' sets some pretty high standards for Dreadnought to follow up on. If you enjoy strange metal that challenges convention and makes you reevaluate the way the genre can be delivered, then you know what to do. Hop to it, bitch!


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10


 



Written on 25.09.2013 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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01.10.2013 - 22:57
Apothecary
Drone Strike
Written by Angel N. on 01.10.2013 at 18:51

If you haven't written on them in advance, I would write on them pages and pages and pages , you saved MS from a fangirling review by that

You can always add your own review to an album that already has one, but I'd suggest you don't unless your review points out something about the album that the other(s) didn't. Otherwise you're apt to just get a bunch of people flying down on you about how your review isn't necessary, is redundant, blah blah blah. Also, there's nothing wrong with fangirling but just keep it in check. Good reviewers should always try to maintain a sense of objectivity, even with bands they're fanatics about.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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10.10.2013 - 01:13
Guib
Thrash Talker
Wow I so thought in looking into this.. Until I read the words ''especially Yes and King Crimson'' ... yep lost me right there.
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10.10.2013 - 04:56
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Guib on 10.10.2013 at 01:13

Wow I so thought in looking into this.. Until I read the words ''especially Yes and King Crimson'' ... yep lost me right there.

You should really at least check it out anyway. If you liked what you read up until the band comparisons, then you should still check it out; you might like it.
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06.12.2013 - 12:51
Deadsoulman
Lemmyng
This would be so good without the vocals. Or with a different vocalist. I really enjoy the music but those screeches make me cringe.
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23.01.2014 - 15:39
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Not sure if you were aware of this or not, but apparently somebody liked that first sentence enough to post it on their site as a review (and also was surprisingly nice enough to credit Metal Storm): http://www.getbitradio.com/dreadnought-lifewoven-2013/
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23.01.2014 - 15:51
Apothecary
Drone Strike
Written by Troy Killjoy on 23.01.2014 at 15:39

Not sure if you were aware of this or not, but apparently somebody liked that first sentence enough to post it on their site as a review (and also was surprisingly nice enough to credit Metal Storm): http://www.getbitradio.com/dreadnought-lifewoven-2013/

Pretty cool dude! Yeah, I've seen artists and label sites link to my stuff before. My review of the new Hail Spirit Noir was the first they put up on their Facebook, and after Birgit directed him to me Blake Judd thanked me personally for my Hate Meditation review.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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23.01.2014 - 15:52
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Celebrity status achieved.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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15.08.2014 - 20:10
Daggon
Underpaid M.D.
Revisited this album today... Damn it's good!
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