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Dreadnought and InAeona

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, 8 p.m.

Where: The Merrow, 1271 University Avenue, San Diego | get directions

Cost: Not available

Age limit: 21+

Colorado Springs–based Dreadnought is touring in support of their third release, A Wake in Sacred Waves, due to drop shortly before they play the Casbah on Halloween. The co-ed foursome has a somewhat schizophrenic sound, veering toward fuzzy punk metal but with occasional slices of New York sax. The vocals sometimes rumble with singer-guitarist Kelly Schilling’s doom-metal growls, and at other times keyboardist-singer Lauren Vieira’s voice rings more like female-fronted classic rock bands such as Heart or Shakin’ Street. Add the occasional flute or mandolin passage, and you’ve got something akin to the sound that once earned an unlikely Best Heavy Metal Grammy for Jethro Tull, as if that much-maligned band were fronted alternately by Kate Bush and the guy who announces incoming and outgoing Greyhound buses over a busted loudspeaker. The new album spreads a mere four songs out over 50 minutes, for an expansive Opeth-like production that will surely please all the prog blogs who fell over each other with praise for their previous release, Bridging Realms, a decidedly less polished effort that more slavishly displayed their original psychotropic Sabbath obsession. The bill includes female-fronted Bostonion prog metal rockers InAeona.


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