After reading all the hype and magic these guys created over the web, I was down to give Of Time and Chronic Disease a listen. No wonder they have been getting such bad ass reviews; it is my fourth time listening to the album, and I am officially addicted. Thrash, black, and power metal is what this band brings together in this album.
Fast tempo, heavy bass, and dirty guitar bashing begins with the dark “Thralls of the Crucified”. It then turns into mellifluous solos that bring in the chorus with banging beats that take you into a world of depth. It’s all around heavy as fuck with Nathan Afilalo’s demonic vocals.
Every song takes you on a different journey which is a musical rarity these days. There is so much involved in their music, It’s almost overwhelming… in a good way. Dreamy gothic synths play throughout “Dreamsong of the Divine” and then takes off to the album’snamesake”Of Time and Chronic Disease” which was brings an atmospheric feel to the music. Melodic guitar solos build up, creating a journey-like sense of wonder. I hate to pick favourites, as all the songs are awesome, but “Of Time and Chronic Disease” is definitely a memorable one and makes for a great choice for the album title.
Dissension started out in 2007 under the name Set to Kill formed by Matteo Conti (guitarist) and Anthony Pulcini(drums). Nathan Afilalo(vocals/rhythm guitar) and Oli Aveline (bass) joined later on along with keyboardist Andrew Proppe, completing this incredible five-piece metal band.
Despitethe years, the band’s success continues to build. They’ve had opportunities to be interviewed on VRAK TV and Global, and have opened for bands such as Tyr and Threat Signal. They stuck to the name Set to Kill for about five years, then became Dissension when they began recording the “Of Time and Chronic Disease” album, with Nathan becoming the official lead man of the band. The album was produced by Kevin Jardine ofUplift Productions, who also produced albums from other known bands such as Slaves on Dope and The Monarchy.
The band has come a long way with this album and it’s well-deserving of the recognition that it’s receiving.
Listen to the album here!
Written by Liz Imperiale