You should go back and play Super Metroid. The best Metroid game in my opinion.
To be quite honest I am not a fan of MercurySteam games. MercurySteam developers clearly love the Metroid series, but they try and insert their own take on the series like they did with Castlevania. Other developers have done much better in my opinion.
Dread is a a well made game with many design flaws that suck the fun out of the game in my opinion.
Dread is by far my favorite of the 2D Metroid games. I played through most of them in 2021 since I had never played any of the 2D games after Super Metroid and after Dread at top I would rank them Zero Mission, Fusion, Super Metroid.