Review from Scene Point Blank

October 12, 2021
From: Scene Point Blank
Published: October 7, 2021

I think it’s a good rule of thumb to assume if some band has their album art done by Adam “Nightjar” Burke, it’s going to be at least a good album. While that could be an exaggeration, I’ve yet to see a bad record with album art made by that man, so that’s a good track record, right? Anyway, Wills Dissolve hit us up last year with their second album, Echoes. I speak of the album art because that’s what drew me to listen, in all honesty. I guess I was also fortunate to start listening to the record without any kind of ideas; I entered in a tabula rasa kind of mindset. I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the trip.

Echoes is a brisk journey too. It’s practically one song that spans a solid half-hour. I always had something of a soft spot for albums that do it all in one song. I think that also ties in with my bias related to liking records that are made as unitary wholes, rather than a disjointed mass of ideas. Although, even setting aside my penchant for these characteristics, I found myself enjoying the tunes very much.

The songwriting here is undoubtedly a sign of creative promise from these guys. Things are balanced neatly, while not being mired in gimmicks or attempting to go over the top just for the sake of doing it, without any foresight for execution. Everything is delivered aptly, albeit, the production quality left plenty to desire – especially for my exigent standards. Although, I wouldn’t say it’s outright bad in any particular way, it’s just that it needs to improve in order to at least match the level of the exposed ideas.

The dynamic of Echoes is satisfying and engaging, there’s a neat pacing between the aggressive and the softer elements and the transitions between them are executed with good taste. I can’t say I was blown away with anything pertaining to the riffs, or the leads, or really any element in particular. Everything seems to be solid, although no individual idea seems to elevate itself above a certain threshold. This also isn’t something to decry in any way.

We’re talking about a band with just six years of activity under their belt and only two records. They have plenty of time to refine their sound. They also have plenty of time to improve on every aspect, which is definitely an aspect to look forward to, as they’re quite a promising bunch and I’m personally excited to see where they head to next.

If you’re a fan of prog-death, you can definitely get a few kicks out of the record, although I’m not sure that fans of other areas of metal will have the patience or palate for it, but it doesn’t hurt to try – it’s only half an hour. Go check it out right now, maybe you’ll like it at least as much as I did.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Robert Miklos (Piro)

Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

November 29, 2020
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: November 25, 2020 

Da sempre l’uomo volge lo sguardo verso il cielo e si interroga sull’ignoto cosmico, a tal punto da creare gruppi fortemente incentrati su ciò che le stelle possono avere in serbo per noi. I Wills Dissolve sono nati con queste premesse e, dopo un iniziale The Heavens Are Not On Fire… dalla natura grezza ma promettente, il gruppo americano ha deciso di lanciarsi nell’esplorazione spaziale con Echoes. L’unica traccia...

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Review from Ave Noctum

October 21, 2020
From: Ave Noctum
Published: October 21, 2020

I went to check out the credentials of this band but unfortunately my initial general search led me to a lot of advice about post death legal documents and settling disputes. The reality of this nicely packaged album couldn’t be more different. Thanks to the label, I was able to learn that this second album from Wills Dissolve is in summary a 32-minute exploration of the loneliness and sacrifice of astro-technological advancement, and ...

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Review from The Elite Extremophile

October 7, 2020
From: The Elite Extremophile
Published: October 6, 2020 

Album-long songs have a rich tradition in progressive metal. Edge of Sanity’s 1996 album Crimson is the best-known of these, but Inter Arma, Meshuggah, and others have dabbled in this format. And that’s not even touching on the countless albums where the individual tracks flow together. And while any band can put a 30-plus-minute track to record, it takes another level of skill to make it consistently good. A good album-l...

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Review from Cult Metal Flix

September 29, 2020
From: Cult Metal Flix
Published: September 24, 2020 

There’s only the one track here. A whopping thirty- two minutes! Hey, Doom genre put that in your pipe and smoke it (whatever that means?) The build is going to be frustrating for those not accustomed to such but for all others it’s more than worth the anticipation and dragging the ears through a landscape which appears to be patching itself together as the audio plays out. The track tells a tale; weaving a narrative of an as...

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Review from Headbanging Reviews

September 23, 2020
From: Headbanger Reviews
Published: September 21, 2020

There is a rarely seen art across the world of metal that I feel is slowly becoming more of a thing that the masses are becoming more welcome to over time, but it’s still exceeding well: the one-track album. I don’t mean a quick single and, boom, that’s it. I mean the 30+ minute experiences that are meant to challenge the listener in showing them what the band is capable of as well as an exercise for the band to see what ...

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Review from Subterraneo Webzine

September 18, 2020
From: Subterraneo Webzine
Published: September 17, 2020

ace un tiempo que estoy en Subterraneo Webzine y en ese lapso he podido traer varias bandas de mi agrado. Una gran mayoría han sido descubiertas y traídas por mi cuenta. Otras en cambio se me han ofrecido o he descubierto gracias a este medio. Una de esas bandas fue WILLS DISSOLVE y su debut The heavens are not on fire, que me sorprendió gratamente en muchos aspectos, y por lo tanto vaticiné que en un futuro sería muy int...

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Review from The Progressive Subway

September 18, 2020
From: The Progressive Subway
Published: September 12, 2020

August 28th was a special day for prog metal. There were at least 10 prog metal (related) artists who brought out a new full length that day, and (almost) all of them seemed worthwhile to check out (see this overview I made). One of those new records was Echoes by a young band called Wills Dissolve. A single 31 minute song with strong similarities to Opeth? I’ve gotta hear that. Extreme progressive metal (as I like to cal...

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Review from Metal Integral

September 7, 2020
From: Metal Integral
Published: September 5, 2020 

En 2018, nous avions écrit tout le bien que nous pensions de The Heavens Are Not On Fire, premier album auto-produit des Texans de WILLS DISSOLVE. Pour son deuxième opus, le groupe a placé la barre encore plus haut, en ne proposant qu'une seule composition, longue de plus de 31 minutes. Un format qui témoigne d'une ambition à la hausse, mais qui ne peut en aucun cas valider par anticipation la qualité d'un exercice ô combien...

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Review from Metal Wave

September 7, 2020
From: Metal Wave
Published: September 3, 2020 

Prevalentemente affascinati dal mondo cosmico, gli americani Wills Dissolve rilasciano il secondo full lenght della propria carriera dopo il buon risultato ottenuto con il disco di debutto datato 2013. Questo “Echoes” evoca la linea stilistica della band che, pur essendo death metal, in realtà offre un quadro compositivo molto atmosferico grazie alle dolci melodie che si propagano all’interno, con altalenanti passaggi acustici e...

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 Released: August 28, 2020
Genre: Progressive Metal
(Prog-rock, Black Metal, Ambient