Dissentience is a promising thrash/progressive death metal band I discovered not long ago with their debut album, Mask of Pretense, released as an EP in 2018. Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Dissentience is probably one of the most interesting bands that I discovered who did a poor job in marketing so far in their careers. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked out their status on social media and Spotify, yet I can totally understand. We live in an era where artists and bands are not valued by their artistic vision and approach but with all the bullshit they do online. That is a fact.
Mask of Pretense is a MASTERPIECE with an irresistible blend of early thrash metal elements of METALLICA / EXODUS / SLAYER with the progressive and death metal vision of DEATH. I am a die-hard fan of all these bands, so I immediately fell in love with Dissentience after listening to it only once. First of all, the album is so raw and pure, it is impossible to resist the beauty of it, especially for those who love old school death and thrash metal music. Songs are super dynamic; none of these compositions have anything standard about them. Super progressive elements, well-blended build that never lose the excitement, along with tons of creativity. Most of the time, I find modern death and thrash metal albums characteristically poor, so much in common with their influences, or musically not innovative and fresh sounding enough. Mask of Pretense, in this way, is a cancer-curer, the remedy that the world was waiting for a long time. It was like discovering DEATH for the first time for me.
Additionally, Dissentience has done respected work here by keeping everything pure as our heroes did back in the 80s. It is all about the energy, it is all about the feeling sometimes, and we don’t need anything else. Sadly, originality is a term we don’t see very often these days. Thus, Mask of Pretense is one of the very few most characteristic and original metal albums I have discovered for some time.