Dissonant Structures is another promising old-school death/thrash/power/technical metal band I have discovered about a month ago with their debut EP album; Forgive But Never Surrender, which was released in 2019. They are a brand new band who just started their professional careers, and today, we will be talking about their powerful debut. Please give it a listen while you are reading the rest of the article.
I know what it means to record a debut album. Artists and bands are usually putting together every successful material they have kept all their lives, and trying to construct the best possible songs out of them. In our case, we have a band with many different forms and music styles here, which is understandable in our modern era. Among tons of challenging factors in making music, finding bandmates is one of the most crucial ones. So people are more into making music alone with a live band form or collaborating with some other session musicians. Instead of talking about the overall album, this time I would like to review each song first, then the character of the album.
1- Never Forget/Forgive Me; this is one of the most thrashy songs Dissonant Structures have in this album. The guitar sound along with the vocals immediately reminded me of Megadeth and Dave Mustaine. The song has the proper energy and atmosphere all along the way. The structure is quite standard and easy-going compared to well-known Megadeth or other cult thrash metal songs. These are all understandable and acceptable decisions. When you are on the process of making your first official release, your focus is more on the successful recording and production phases than making a big difference with your compositions unless you are very experienced in making music. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that, people who are working actively in the industry are much more interested in overall potential than writing good songs or melodies. In our example, Never Forget/Forgive Me surely is a badass piece of work with a great atmosphere, energy flow, and melodies. Both guitars and vocals are powerful enough to satisfy any metal music fan out there.
2- Temporal Evolution; this song is much more dynamic and technical compared to the album opener song. You can easily hear that the approach is completely different here as well as the instrumentation, the overall style, atmosphere, taste of music, and influences. The vocalist has more like old-school heavy metal influences here, which reminded me of a powerful mix of our legendary vocalists such as Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, and Rob Halford. On the other hand, the instrumentation of the song is quite impressive. All the instruments are making a difference together with their partitions and the way they highlight themselves. This is a little bit more than old-school heavy/death metal, a little bit closer to Blind Guardian and Iced Earth-ish power metal stuff, which is super cool. I personally loved the way they put together all these different styles. This song has irresistible energy all along the way and storming its way from the beginning until the end.
3- The Game We All Play; this song is probably the most melodic and old school structure they have in this album, again with a proper blend of their characteristics. I started to see that Dissonant Structures is quite impressive with its blend of old school metal stuff with technical death metal elements. In my opinion, this would be the right definition of their musical origins. The vocalist here has the ’90s heavy metal influences along with death metal growling once again. Additionally, Temporal Evolution and The Game We All Play both have huge Iron Maiden influences on their structure, vocal lines, and instrumentation. However, all these influences are never too much or boring. Everything has a great balance!
4- Transmute/Improve; this is the last track of the EP, also my personal favorite off this album. Transmute/Improve is Dissonant Structures’ heaviest, most technical and death-ish song among all. Firstly, I’d like to say that this song has a huge Meshuggah influence from the beginning to the end. As I have mentioned above, these gentlemen are making a difference with their phenomenal blend of old-school metal styles together. In this example, they have experimented with something different, a completely different approach. The song is super atmospheric which immediately pulls the listener into its world. I personally loved the way they brought the story to breakdowns where the tense piano plays its melody on the background which gives you chills while listening. Again, the general atmosphere of the song is phenomenal. There’s a huge similarity in the verse section of the song with some Meshuggah stuff. Honestly, this similarity might sound a little bit too much. I mean, you basically feel like you’re listening to Meshuggah. This is a compliment and also criticism at the same time. Not everybody can write stuff like Meshuggah, which is impressive. But also, they could have been a little bit more themselves while making the final decisions about this song.