Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Rise of Dissension released a self-titled album with twelve tracks, including an amazing cover of “War Machine” by the legendary Kiss. Let me just say that this album was so damn good that I bought it on iTunes, and it was definitely worth 10$. I love this album from beginning to end, because all of their songs have different tempos and are unique in their own way. I’m curious to see what they sound like live, and if they’re as great as they sound on this album.
Musically, I would have to say my favorite song off the album is “Torch the Nuns” because I find it to be more on the thrash side, and different from their usual heavy metal vibes. Some of the other heavier songs that l enjoyed were “Lord of the Damned” and “Backstabbing God,” because of how awesome the guitars sound as well as how the low, growling vocals mix with the music. Their music is heavy, melodic, and groovy all at once, and that’s why I find this album so interesting.
They slow things down a little with songs “Mend” and “Away From Me,” but not by much. There are still some heavy aspects to the music, it’s just a bit slower and softer. “Away From Me” has a really cool guitar solo about ¾ of the way through, lasting right through to the end of the song. That guitarist definitely has some talent that shines through, especially in that song. What’s great about it is that it’s not your typical, overdone, trying-too-hard guitar solo. I find it more groovy, upbeat and melodic.
Basically if you’re a fan of metal music, whatever the subgenre, and of heavy, melodic, groovy guitar riffs, then this album by Rise of Dissension is for you! I highly recommend it.
Written by Shannon Fong