Dread Father is a band from North Carolina that recently released the band's eponymous EP Dread Father. The songs are long and sounds like a mix of Sunn O))), Black Sabbath, Ty Segall and Comets of Fire. That's a pretty amazing mix of artists in my opinion.
The band starts with “The Ritual” which takes about a minute to find the first riff which is derivative of old Black Sabbath. There is some fuzz and drones which repeats over a slow tempo. There are two vocals. The one is a little more classic ’70s rock guy and sounds good. There is also this cartoonish other vocal that sounds hyperbolic and like it’s purposely trying to be evil. The remainder of the song is more or less an instrumental jam.
That vibe continues with “The Arrival.” It’s a little more atmospheric at moments and you could argue even rocks out a little more. The song is sludge and fuzz in a way many will appreciate. Similar to the other song this song ends in an epic jam with a blaring lead guitar. “The Revival” felt like an extension but also a clear display of the band building a foundation. For some reason “The Divination” was more lo-fi than the other songs but also rocks out the most epically.
As an engineer myself I have to say the first thing that came to mind was I would like to hear raw but studio quality versions of these songs. And what I mean is somewhere in the ballpark of Life Metal by Sunn O))). That can be the benchmark for this type of music where you can hear the distortion rip at the seams with extreme detail.
This type of music embraces low frequencies on the guitars between 100hz and 500hz which have to compete with the bass and bass drums. Suffice it say creating an aesthetically pleasing fuzzy layer of distortion is very difficult for even a seasoned engineer but it can be achieved. All that being said, I think the band did a solid job with these home recordings.
This type of music never went away when it was born in the ’70s. There are of course new iterations and style but this music, the more I listened, felt related to Sabbath if Sabbath liked to jam. It’s also music that has this meditative quality that I feel like needs to be experienced live or at least loud.
This is showing potential and talent. I’m looking forward to the fuzz and drones that evolve from here.
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