The 2021 Dream Unending debut album "Tide Turns Eternal" was a marked shift in musical ambition for Derrick Vella (Tomb Mold) and Justin DeTore (Innumerable Forms, Sumerlands). While structured with a foot firmly in death/ doom, a far loftier purpose and progressivism was its hallmark, as such distancing itself from others pursuing the style.
Now returning only a year later with the stunning "Song Of Salvation", that exploratory zeal is given substantially greater allowance to soar and shine. Highlights include the 14 minute title-track opener, which enters like a morning sunrise over a calm sea before ramping up into ethereal heaviness like the richly textured waves of a sudden ocean storm. The song's momentum never retreats into laborious repetition, always opening new doorways, ebbing and flowing like river water from its source.
The album's epic bookend, 16 minute closer "Ecstatic Reign" features perhaps the album's heaviest straight doom moments along with the return of "Tide Turns Eternal" featured guest voices McKenna Rae and Richard Poe. Tomb Mold drummer/throat Max Klebanoff also appears for a shattering back and forth vocal tradeoff with DeTore.