Canada’s Dissension have released a ten-song, fifty-minute concept album, Of Time And Chronic Disease.
Combining elements of symphonic black, gritty death, burly power, and raging thrash metal, it offers sonic shocks to a diverse palette.
Fans of second-wave symphonic metal (contemporaries to Dimmu Borgir, Cradle Of Filth, et al) ought to really enjoy this uncommonly melodic album.
The keyboard effects tend to distract; the remainder of the instrumentation and arrangement is solid. Six years in creation, professionally produced, and with three tunes reworked from a 2011 debut, this album should be perfect.
With some focus, this band shows bright promise.
Thralls To The Crucified
Set To Kill
Dreamsong Of The Divine
Of Time And Chronic Disease
Nathan Afilalo – Vocals, Guitar (rhythm)
Matteo Conti – Guitar (lead)
Oli Aveline – Bass
Anthony Pulcini – Drums
Andrew Proppe – Keyboards