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 Vieria, and bassist/mandolin player Kevin Handlonl, 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.
5. The Waking Realm
Label: Profound Lore Records
Release Date: May 10, 2019