Dissentience - Mask of Pretense - Album Review - Death Metal from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Dissentience - Mask of Pretense - Album Review - Death Metal from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Dissentience - Mask of Pretense - Album Review - Death Metal from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Today, we feature Dissentience, a promising death/thrash metal band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. In this review, we delve into their debut studio album, Mask of Pretense, exploring its character, style, story, potential, and more.

Dissentience is an impressive thrash/progressive death metal band whose debut album, Mask of Pretense, was released as an EP in 2018. Take a moment to listen to the album as you read on.

Dissentience is an intriguing band that, unfortunately, hasn't received the recognition they deserve due to poor marketing efforts. It's disheartening to see how artists and bands are often judged more by their online presence than their artistic vision. However, Mask of Pretense is a true masterpiece, seamlessly blending the early thrash metal elements of Metallica, Exodus, and Slayer with the progressive and death metal vision of Death. As a devoted fan of these bands, I instantly fell in love with Dissentience upon hearing this album. Its raw and pure sound is irresistible, particularly for those who appreciate old school death and thrash metal. Each song is dynamic and unconventional, filled with progressive elements and an abundance of creativity. In a time when many modern death and thrash metal albums lack originality, Mask of Pretense is a refreshing cure, reminiscent of discovering Death for the first time.

Moreover, Dissentience has achieved something commendable by capturing the essence of the 80s, focusing on energy and feeling above all else. Originality is a rare find these days, making Mask of Pretense one of the most distinctive and original metal albums I've come across in quite some time.

Technically, Mask of Pretense upholds world-class standards in every aspect. The recording captures the nostalgic vibes of the old-school era, which I found particularly appealing. The technical prowess on display is a testament to the album's remarkable outcome. The production quality is clean, clear, natural, and brimming with energy, showcasing an impressive level of harmony. Although I'm unsure who produced or mixed the album, their contribution deserves utmost praise for bringing this immortal album to life.

Considering all these factors, I am genuinely blown away by the work and potential of Dissentience. Mask of Pretense transports me back to my childhood, reviving the sounds that conquered the world in the early 90s. This album transcends time and will undoubtedly make Dissentience proud throughout their musical journey.

Chasing Existence has earned a well-deserved spot in our Top Metal Songs playlist!

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In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team congratulates Dissentience for their exceptional debut album, Mask of Pretense, and wishes them the very best in their future careers. Thank you for reading.



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