I was writing an enormous review on this very CD yesterday when my computer froze and shut itself down. Yet, I still find it very necessary to review Dredg's masterpiece, El Cielo.
This CD is, without a doubt, one of the most profound and incredible CDs in my repetoire. In my opinion, no band has ever made a more intriguing CD and no band may ever make another one quite like it (except, perhaps, if that band is Dredg).
Many people say that Leitmotif is better, but while that is a great album as well, I can't justify that. The level of musicianship, production, lyrics, and the general mood of this album is simply unmatched. I can easily see why it took three years to release this album since their last one, it is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word. Few bands can justify being called artists. Dredg justifies it.
In most bands, you can pick out a member that sets the pace for everything and you can thank or blame him for it. With Dredg, as hard as you try, you can't pick out a distinct portion of the music, it simply is, it's simply Dredg. Gavin is one of the most talented and gifted vocalists and lyricists of our time. He paints pictures with his voice and brings the listener on a musical journey that, at its best moments, both excites you and chills you. Mark's guitarwork can range everywhere from ambience to hard driving distortion but remains tasteful throughout. Drew's bass, if you have a decent stereo, will hit you in the chest like a hammer, but is as funky and musical as any jazz bassist. Dino, in my opinion, is the best drummer I've ever heard. He was good on Leitmotif, but his drummer on El Cielo is amazing and live he steps it up another notch. Phenomenal drummer. All of these colors make up the painting that is Dredg's El Cielo.
I simply don't know if I'll ever own a more amazing album.