Endless Dream: Song of Salvation | album review

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Derrick Vella and Justin DeTore are generally known for playing metal defined by its verve and momentum. They are all death metal veterans, Vella a member of Tomb Mold and DeTore having played with Innumerable Forms as well as heavy metal supergroup summer lands and the traditional Magic Circle outfit. But when the duo presented their debut as endless dream2021 The tide becomes eternalthey set aside these elements of energy and aesthetic violence in favor of music that spoke to deeper emotional truths and a greater respect for a more conventional melodic sensibility. Vella admitted never writing doom metal songs before this album, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that – Dream Unending’s vision guided them to jaw-dropping ground from the start.

Nor have they applied the brakes since their magnificent dreamy monolith of psychedelic doom began its forward momentum. song of salvation comes only a year after the band’s debut, written more or less immediately after the end of this album, and it already feels like they’ve stabilized in what feels like the space of a single breath. song of salvation feels both bigger and more immediate, delivering punchier, catchier riffs, but on a bigger, more soaring scale. To put it more concisely, Dream Unending is still improving at an accelerated rate, delivering everything they do flawlessly in even more generous doses.

song of salvation is completed by two monoliths, the title track and 16-minute closer “Ecstatic Reign”, which together make up more than two-thirds of the entire album. “song of salvationis 14 minutes of jaw-dropping music, the biggest single to date from Dream Unending’s still young catalog, emerging from a progressive, otherworldly guitar riff reminiscent of former Emeralds six-stringer Mark McGuire. to ascend into something majestic and powerful. It’s also oddly catchy in its whirlwind of doom metal maximalism and psychedelic dissociation, rare enough on its own but even more delightful in the way the band pulls off such a thing. While “Ecstatic Reign” is only slightly longer, it feels like an even more epic journey over those 16 minutes, linking the melancholy, ringing open chords with the majesty of Candlemass-ian doom metal, the haunting vocals and spectral sound of McKenna Rae, a few moments of virtuoso riffing, and a mesmerizing whirlwind in the outer realms in its final minutes. There are album ideas in just these two songs, all created with an ear for beauty and emotional connection beyond the colossal scope of death-doom metal alone – and let’s be clear, Dream Unending has a knack for it. for the massive.

Yet what the group fits into this central space between the Herculean compositions that begin and end song of salvation are no less impressive, albeit more subtle and concise. The meditative “Secret Grief” shimmers under a gorgeous trumpet performance from Leila Abdul-Rauf, a musician best known for her own rippers via bands like Vastum and Hammers of Misfortune. But here the band veer away from the more recognizable metal tropes for the song’s first half, embracing the glow of a spacious post-rock arrangement before reintroducing a heavier roll. Meanwhile, “Murmur of Voices” provides the album’s shortest piece of music as well as its airiest instrumental, a welcome interlude between the more emotionally demanding material on either side. But the Floydian drift of “Unrequited” builds on the ideas of that lighter track by giving more weight and grandeur to what remains a more ethereal piece of music overall.

Dream Unending is a new enough project that Vella and DeTore aren’t close to exploring its full potential or limits. What the band ultimately is still seems wide open, and yet through the cosmic pathways of a song like “Song of Salvation” they reaffirm that the underlying core of doom and the aesthetic flourishes of the more ethereal sounds of prog and of the gothic atmosphere of vintage 4AD records remains essential to what they create. The dream continues, even as the dreamer always opens new doors and enters new spaces within it.


Label: 20 bucks tower

Year: 2022

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Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He’s been writing about music for 20 years and has been published by American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and a few others he’s forgotten about right now. He still never gets tired of it.

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