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'Of Time And Chronic Disease'
(Blk Coq Musik/Believe Digital)

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Jools Green


'Of Time And Chronic Disease', the debut release from Montreal based Metal quintet Dissension is one of the most genre spanning and eclectic albums you are currently likely to hear.

It's a mix of thrash, black and power Metal that aims to attack the darker side of human nature, reaching epic heights and sombre depths. Vocalist/guitarist Nathan Afilalo explains further:

"Having been a band for about six years, 'Of Time And Chronic Disease' is a summation of our music since it contains some of our very earliest songs to some of our latest. The album has to be taken as a whole, as the individual songs all represent a different facet of the whole that is our music. It's like a hydra, the beast can only truly be slain if you remove all of the heads and immerse yourself in the dark pools of its blood."

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The best description of their music that I can give is that the tracks are all clever genre montages. Where other bands change tempo, Dissension change the influencing genre and despite that sounding a dubious mix, it actually works very well. They have made all of the elements sit so well alongside each other and flow seamlessly, combining to give a varied and very interesting listen.

I love the overall sound, the vocals are great, harsh and rasping and with good guitar work throughout, catchy riffs and some excellent thrash and power Metal style solos and when required. The drum work makes its presence felt also.

If I have to be picky, although the keyboard work is very good and at times magnificently atmospheric, there were a couple of places where it seemed a bit too shrill and jangly.


Some of the highlights for me were the opening track, 'Thralls To The Crucified' with its impressive symphonic opener, fast tempo and two memorable solos topped off with blackened lyrics.

'Graceless Death' where the effortless switch between black and thrash to symphonic throughout this track is done with stunning effect. 'Dreamsong Of The Divine' is a rather nice atmospheric, symphonic instrumental that leads neatly into title track 'Of Time And Chronic Disease', a melodic atmospheric piece that breaks out into symphonic thrash midway.

The album is produced by Kevin Jardine of Uplift Productions (Slaves On Dope, What Comes To Life) and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, Priestess, Half Moon Run). This is an album that should appeal to fans of bands such as Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir or Kalimah.

'Of Time And Chronic Disease' is available digitally worldwide from September 10th through Believe Digital and also on vinyl.

I think it is a good album, an enjoyable and exciting listen across the tracks and it held my focus; if you are a genre purist maybe you won't like this but I found it skilfully eclectic, interesting and inventive.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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