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Dissonance In Design / Press

“Musically, Dissonance In Design stun and impress as they weave their way in and out of this narrative, providing a dynamic album that metal nerds will surely feast upon. Vance Valenzuela and second guitarist Harrison Patuto tastefully compliment one another with colorful harmonies, and the technical, sometimes classical-tinged guitar lines call to mind The Human Abstract’s Digital Veil if it were spliced with The Faceless’s Planetary Duality. They also create an impressive sense of atmosphere and space via softer, Scale the Summit-esque instrumental passages, as well as highlight some of the more intense moments of the narrative with heavier, breakdown-esque sections. It’s evident that bassist Nema Sobhani is a student of Evan Brewer, which is isn’t bad thing, as he adds color to each song with his groovy and jazzy basslines. The back line is covered by drummer Zac Patuto, who tastefully accents with drum flourishes and keeps the groove present...”

“Progressive metal is a demanding genre, but Dissonance in Design exceeds expectations on its latest full-length, Sentient. A concept album about god-like aliens from another dimension who are unleashed upon Earth as the result of a scientific experiment gone wrong, the record is filled with lyrics that read like an episode of Doctor Who, only its instrumental components reflect even more imagination. Sentient will appeal to fans who appreciate the heavier parts of Faceless or Between the Buried and Me, only without the wild experimentation that makes those bands less accessible. That's not to say that it's a nonstop, face-mashing assault. While the vocals are indeed aggressive, the band slows down just enough on songs like "Entwined in Aether" and "Terminus Pt. II" to make the heaviest parts even heavier. The tracks all flow seamlessly into each other, which turns the album into one 47-minute-long saga.”

“While the vocals are diverse and destructive—and the instrumentation is immersive and intense, it is the cumulative effect of these elements which make Dissonance in Design supreme storytellers. From the very first syllables of “The Gateway…” to the last ringing note of “Sentient,” the listener is completely hooked. The immense, incredible vocals scrawl stellar lyrics across a captivating canvas of crushing musicianship. Laced with generous helpings of interstellar shredding and punishing, spine-cracking brutality, there is simply nothing for the listener to dislike about Sentient. These elements combine and weave into epic tales which, rather than wear heavily on the listener, instead keep them entranced and enthralled—as if their very attention would turn the tides and win the war Dissonance and Design so vividly describe. This culmination of completely superior songwriting and dynamic—yet dissonant—structure is what make Sentient several cuts above the rest.”

“Let’s start from the beginning: apart from a few select moments, this album sounds pretty much NOTHING like DiD’s first effort “Neurotransmitting an Epiphany”. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that album, but Sentient sees Dissonance stepping up their game in pretty much every conceivable aspect of their music – the vocals, the lyrics (!!!), the technicality and composition on all instruments, the immersive atmosphere, the crisp production, and the list goes on from there. If you manage to get through this album without at least a dozen lyrics and riffs drilled so deep into your head that you’ve hit oil, I’m pretty sure you need your ears checked.”