Review from Metal Temple

September 28, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: September 25, 2019

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. “The Heavens are Not on Fire” is a reissue from 2018, and contains five lengthy tracks.

The title track leads us off, and it’s the longest, at over twelve minutes in length. Ambient keys usher in the entrance. It’s quite pretty, and melancholy in nature. Harmonic guitars enter and then the drums create a marching cadence. When the vocals drop, they are guttural utterances and a blackness covers everything. As sudden as it starts, an interlude of pretty clean guitars wipes out the madness with its tones. Clean vocals come into play and it takes on a Folky element at this point. But the chaos returns through the end of the song, ending on a note of beauty. “So do not Mistake these Ashes” opens with some clean guitar tones and a steady, low, distorted riff. The vocals are absolutely vile in nature. The ambient passage with clean vocals is a nice contrast to the heaviness of the song.

“For Signs from on High” opens with a slow, Doomy cadence, and then some blast beat drumming. There is a back and forth between harsh and clean vocals, and the song has an ominous feeling to it, like there are things alive in the dark too filthy to conjure an image of. The ambient passage is again nicely done, as well as the harmonized lead guitars. “On this Cold November Night” opens with sad clean guitars and vocals, imagining what you would have on a cold November night. Winter draws near, and all you have to look forward to are colder and darker days. It waxes and wanes, drawing power from the alternating passages.

“11-13-1833” warranted a Google search. It was the date of a major meteor shower…72,000 in an hour. This doleful instrumental is a stark contrast with what would have been a major historical event in science. Overall, I really appreciated the diversity of sounds presented on the album, though it was hard to pigeon-hole the genre. Sometimes, the weight of the crushing Doom was enough to nearly kill you, while the ambient and melodic passages were quite beautiful. The transitions to and fro made sense, and the entire album came together with this undying synergy and uniqueness. Overall, an undeniable winner.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Dave Campbell
 

Review from Musipedia of Metal

September 7, 2019
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: September 5, 2019

Wills Dissolve are a 4 piece based in Houston, Texas. The band, who formed in 2015 features Nick Block and Andrew Carvana on Guitar and Vocals both formerly from the band Act Of War, who are joined by Branson Heinz on Drums and and Shaun Weller on Bass and Vocals. The band play a very interesting style of progressive extreme metal. It’s mainly progressive death metal, but there are elements of Black and Pagan metal in their so...

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Review from Chama do Metal

September 4, 2019
From: Chama do Metal
Published: September 3, 2019 

Saudações Bangers! Hoje, com muito prazer lhes apresentamos Wills Dissolve, banda estadunidense de Progressive Death Metal formada em 2015, porém com apenas um álbum na bagagem, estreando em 2018. Seu primeiro e único trabalho, “The Heavens Are Not On Fire...”, é caracterizado por apresentar uma excelente linha instrumental com muitas variações de ritmo característica das bandas já consagradas no cenário progressivo,...

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Review from The Progressive Aspect

August 5, 2019
From: The Progressive Aspect
Published: March 27, 2019

Texas-based progressive metal band Wills Dissolve’s debut album, The Heavens are Not on Fire, is an Opethian meditation on misanthropy and religion told through the lens of a rural West Texas religious community’s reaction to the Leonid meteor storm of November 1833. Guitarist Andrew Caruana described the overall theme as “the grave consequences of misapplied dogmatic zeal,” as realised in the story of that small religi...

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Review from Toilet Ov Hell (Song Premiere)

August 5, 2019
From: Toilet Ov Hell (Song Premiere)
Published: October 3, 2018

I know it’s hard to elicit excitement for a premiere of a debut album since, ya know, you haven’t heard of them before, but what if I told you it’s HECKIN’ GOOD!?

Texas’ Wills Dissolve take a sort of Opethian approach to songwriting with a hypnotic repeating melodies, but with one major difference: they don’t linger on one riff forever. Mixed into their style  is just about anything that could possibly sound...

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Review from No Clean Singing (Song premiere)

August 5, 2019
From: No Clean Singing (Song Premiere)
Published: September 11, 2018

So much obvious contemplation and care has gone into the debut album, The Heavens Are Not On Fire, by the genre-bending Houston band Wills Dissolve that it became a many-layered artistic achievement, from the conceptual framework to the album art to the music, which is itself multiply textured, technically impressive, and constantly changing but coherent.

Perhaps it’s best to begin with the album’s concept, whi...

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 Released:  July 29, 2019
Genre: Progressive Blackened Death Metal

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