In November, the Chicago-based progressive metal quartet Dissona unveiled their impressive 3-track EP, “Dreadfully Distinct,” exploring the dystopian sci-fi world of Blade Runner thematically. From start to finish, “Dreadfully Distinct” delivers a captivating experience. The songs exude a genuine symphonic prog/power vibe with a notable nod to the earlier iterations of progressive metal. The constant shifts in momentum throughout the record prevent it from succumbing to monotony, ensuring a dynamic and engaging listening experience.
One cannot overlook the evident maturity in Dissona‘s sound, evident in the evolution from their self-titled debut to “Dreadfully Distinct.” The overall sound has become more balanced and enriched, particularly with David Dubenic‘s vocals exuding a noticeable fullness compared to their debut over a decade ago. It’s worth noting that each member of Dissona possesses a wealth of talent and imagination, but what sets them apart is their ability to translate ideas into a unique and non-generic sound. Every verse, chorus, bridge, intro, and outro feels authentic and well-crafted. The effort invested in songwriting is apparent, establishing the band’s undeniable talent and willingness to push creative boundaries.
Highlighted in the EP is “The Prodigal Son,” a track that seamlessly introduces listeners to a meticulously organized release, devoid of any low points or dull sections. The three songs exhibit no signs of being dragged out or sluggish, maintaining a perfect balance of variety. The beautifully composed “Renaissance,” featured on the “Progstravaganza: Harmony in Complexity” compilation, stands out as a emotional rollercoaster, avoiding repetitiveness and showcasing the band’s compositional prowess.
Beyond the EP’s structural solidity, the dynamic shifts in mood contribute to a refreshing listening experience, enhancing the overall replay value. While the production could benefit from a touch more perfection, this minor flaw does little to diminish the EP’s overall appeal.
For enthusiasts of progressive music, “Dreadfully Distinct” comes highly recommended. Dissona proves themselves as a formidable force in the genre, standing out amidst a sea of lackluster prog bands vying for recognition.
Beyond the EP's structural solidity, the dynamic shifts in mood contribute to a refreshing listening experience, enhancing the overall replay value.