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Review from Ave Noctum

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, In : English 
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

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, In : English 
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

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, In : English 
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

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, In : English 
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 The Progressive Subway

Posted by Nick Skog on Friday, September 18, 2020, In : English 
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 Makeshift Altars

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, September 3, 2020, In : English 
From: Makeshift Altars
Published: September 2, 2020

You can't not attract me with an ISIS inspired name like Wills Dissolve. That's my favorite track off of Panopticon, c'mon now. Not that Wills Dissolve, whom I will henceforth refer to as WD to avoid confusion, have anything to do with ISIS or post metal (maybe a little bit); but hot damn do they pretty well live up to such a name.

WD are a progressive metal band at heart with healthy smatterings of blackened death metal, and Echoe...

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Review from Metal Storm

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, In : English 
From: Metal Storm
Published: August 29, 2020

When I first heard the name Wills Dissolve, I expected an Isis clone post-metal band; instead, Echoes is an extreme prog epic of the finest quality.

Doing a single-song album is always a bold move, particularly on a sophomore record. And yet Houston quartet Wills Dissolve, presumably named after the track from Isis' Panopticon, have absolutely nailed it with Echoes, a single 30-minute track narrating the journey of an astronaut headed tow...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, August 27, 2020, In : English 
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: August 27, 2020

This is the second album from Wills Dissolve, a progressive metal band from the US.

Wills Dissolve play a multigenre form of progressive metal that takes in a range of other styles and subgenres. Progressive black/death metal, post-metal, ambient, doom metal, and progressive rock are all included in Echoes, and all get their moments to shine. The album consists of a single 32-minute track. It’s a future-themed extreme progressive me...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, In : English 
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: August 25, 2020

Wills Dissolve have been in existence in Houston, Texas since 2015. In their 5 years together Wills Dissolve have made quite a bit of noise; their 2018 debut The Heavens Are Not On Fire was incredibly well received. The bands blend of Death Metal and Prog as well as the deeply intelligent nature of the albums subject matter and lyrics (based around the 1833 Leonid meteor shower, and how this affected people's religious beliefs) wo...

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Review from Metal Utopia

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, In : English 
From: Metal Utopia
Published: August 25, 2020

In 2018, Texas trio Wills Dissolve came out with their first release “The Heavens Are Not on Fire…”, an album that in my opinion undeservedly flew under the radar. Why so? One complaint I heard about the album back then was that it was derivative. And yeah, few minutes into he first song and you’re thinking “wow, this sounds like Opeth!” Yes, Wills Dissolve indeed wear their influences on their sleeve (if the Isis song names...

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Review from Rock Queen Reviews

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, In : English 
From: Rock Queen Reviews
Published: August 22, 2020

‘Echoes’, from Houston, Texas prog, black/death metal band Wills Dissolve is the new epic 32 minute single, following their debut full-length, ‘The Heavens Are Not On Fire’. Based on the vagaries of space exploration, from the astronaut’s perspective, in a scenario in which, Earth is no longer habitable. Conceptually, at its heart is the destructive consequences of the actions of humans. Covering various genres, includin...

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Review from Echoes and Dust

Posted by Nick Skog on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, In : English 
From: Echoes and Dust
Published: August 14, 2020

Extreme metal and science fiction are strange bedfellows. Certainly, in a style more strongly associated with po-faced snarling, or unironic attempts to summon the devil, singing about astronauts, aliens and outer space seems somehow ludicrous, a pastime reserved solely for silly curiosities. There are exceptions, of course; Voivod, Vektor and Darkspace, among others have gathered legions of admirers, and made fairly successful caree...

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Review from Toilet Ov Hell

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, August 6, 2020, In : English 
From: Toilet Ov Hell
Published: August 6, 2020 

Hail science. Hail the endless void.

We first heard about Wills Dissolve around these parts when a wooden object/actor premiered a track off their debut back in 2018. Despite using nonsense words like “Opethian” and “Texas,” he stirred some excitement for the band’s brand of progressive death metal that didn’t (and still doesn’t) shirk away from incorporating all manner of genres in service of their tales.

And rather grand...

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Review from My Music Path

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, In : English 
From: My Music Path
Published: August 4, 2020

With just one track that lasts half an hour the band from Houston, Texas takes you on a journey into the endless void of space. To name their record 'Echoes' takes guts. Obviously, the band is hugely influenced by Pink Floyd and their masterpiece 'Echoes' is unparalleled. However, Wills Dissolve pulls out all the stops. They paint a science fictional picture of a star-filled purple vortex. In the end, a giant black hole lurks, like the ...

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Review from Metal Temple

Posted by Nick Skog on Thursday, July 30, 2020, In : English 
From: Metal Temple
Published: July 30, 2020 

Hailing from Houston, Texas, WILLS DISSOLVE was formed in late 2015 in Houston, Texas by Guitarist/Vocalists Nick Block and Andrew Caruana brought together by their love of Progressive, Doom, and Extreme Metal. They were joined shortly by Black/Death metal Drummer Branson Heinz and Bassist Shaun Weller; a veteran of the Punk/Metal scene in his home state of Michigan. Drawing on such diverse influences as OPETH, ISIS, ENSLAVED, and SWALLO...

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

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