Dissension are a band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada that plays a mixture of melodic death, black, thrash and power metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Of Time And Chronic Disease" which was released by Blk Coq Musik.
"Thralls To The Crucified" begins with some heavy guitar riffs, drums and symphonic keyboards before going into a faster direction and adding in some blast beats which leads to some melodic guitar riffing and black metal screams while also keeping the heavy and symphonic elements and after awhile there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads as well which come in and out as some thrash influences being thrown into the music, after awhile you can hear some powerful bass playing coming in for a few seconds.
"Graceless Death" begins with some thrash style guitar riffs, drums and spoken word parts before going into a faster direction and adding in blast beats and black metal screams which leads to some keyboards and melodic riffing while also remaining heavy at the same time as well as switching back and forth between slow and fast parts and after awhile you can hear some powerful bass playing which leads to some melodic guitar solos while keeping the rhythms and symphonic elements around which leads to the music going more into a thrash direction.
"Blacksteel" begins with some melodic guitar riffing, powerful bass playing and drums setting up the mood for some screams along with some keyboards and back up shouts which leads to the song mixing in more fast and heavy parts and after a couple of minutes there is a brief use of melodic guitar solos along with some prog style keyboards before going into a more heavy direction.
"Brutality" starts off with some heavy guitar riffs and drums which leads to some keyboards and after awhile the song goes into a faster direction along with some blast beats and screams while also keeping the keyboards around and as the song moves on melodic elements get mixed in with the heavy parts and mixes in some guitar leads coming in and out as well as the keyboards adding in prog elements.
"Set To Kill" begins with some drums, keyboards and melodic riffing before going into a heavier direction and adding in the screams while also keeping melodic and symphonic elements around and after a couple of minutes guitar leads start kicking in briefly and mixing with the rhythm parts.
"Legacy" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords which leads to some drums and bass playing before the heavy, melodic guitar riffs kick in along some blast beats and keyboards setting up the mood for t he music to get heavier and adding in death metal growls and after a few minutes it starts getting more symphonic and adds in some black metal vocals along with some powerful bass playing but remaining heavy all at the same time and after a few minutes there is a brief use of guitar solos mixing in with the riffs.
"Dreamsong Of The Divine" begins with some keyboards and serves as an intro for the next song.
"Of Time And Chronic Disease" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing and keyboards which leads to some heavy guitar riffs and drums while also remaining symphonic and adding in some screams and after awhile deep death metal growls start kicking in and as the song moves on its goes into a faster direction along with some blast beats and guitar solos before going into a slower direction with some powerful bass playing but keeping the solos around which leads to the music switching back and forth between the slow and fast parts.
"Dissention" begins with some keyboards and drums setting up the mood for some heavy guitar riffing as well as introducing the screams and melodies along with a small amount of death metal growls and after awhile the music goes into a faster direction along with some blast beats which leads to some guitar solos shortly after that mixing in with the fast riffing and after awhile the song goes into a slow yet heavy direction and towards the end there is a brief use of spoken word samples.
"Apoetheosis" begins with heavy guitar riffing, melodic leads and drums which lead to some screams and after that the music goes more into a heavy and symphonic direction along with a brief use of deep growls while also keeping the screams around and as the song moves on guitar solos start kicking in for awhile and mixing with the riffing and drums as well as going into a cleaner direction along with some powerful bass playing before getting heavy again and adding in some symphonic elements.
Song lyrics cover the darker side of nature, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Dissension a re a very great sounding hybrid of black, melodic death, symphonic, thrash and power metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Thralls To The Crucified" "Blacksteel" "Set To Kill" and "Apoetheosis". RECOMMENDED BUY.