Opener 'Tenebrae' reminds me of doom metal acts like Saturnus or Officium Triste. With a slow tempo, crushing guitars and a great blend of clean vocals and growls, The Maledict makes a serious impact, probably winning over many doom metal fans. However, the song is followed by an old school vehicle in 'Fast Unto The End', where old Amorphis and Obituary seemingly come together in a raging orgy of growls and distortion.
That alternation between two related but quite different genres works very well on this album. There's a lot more awesome doom to be discovered, highlighting in the awesome track 'Frozen'. At some points, I'm reminded of My Dying Bride without the violins of keyboards, just effective riffing and great vocal performances. Oh, and plenty of variation of course, something which The Maledict seems to know a lot about.
There's also more epic death metal too, for instance in the fierce headbanger 'Column of Voracious Souls'. Damn, this is one intense piece of music, one where the bassdrum seems to lead its own life. In fact, the whole drum track on this song is brilliant, live bloody heavy jazz. No, it's not jazz, it's brutal death fucking metal that will slit your throat if given the chance. 'A Muse In Requiem' follows with atmospheric keyboards, again a brilliant song.
The alternation between these two genres gives the album a whole lot of variation, which is often quite welcome in the extreme musical styles. In all, I think 'Dread' is an awesome album, dark in atmosphere but mighty in sound. So it shouldn't be a surprise that I recommend this album to ever death/doom fan out there. You might want to keep an eye out for them if and when the are about to conquer the world with this material.