The Power Behind DISSONA’s Blade Runner Themed “Renaissance” Is Evident In Drum Playthrough Video; New EP “Dreadfully Distinct” Out Now!

Dissona is a progressive metal band hailing from Chicago, USA, known for its adventurous, demanding, intense, mystical, and emotionally rich music. Their previous releases include “Paleopneumatic” in 2016 and a self-titled album in 2012. Their third release, an EP entitled “Dreadfully Distinct” was just released earlier this month and takes listeners into the gritty world of Blade Runner over three intense and varied tracks. The second cut “Renaissance” is getting a deeper look now with a drum playthrough video. The band comments on the theme:

“’Renaissance’ features the distinctive vocals of David Dubenic, who poignantly raises the intriguing question that lingers throughout the Blade Runner narrative: “Is Deckard human or replicant?” The track captures the urgency of his heated escape from LA with Rachael as it builds, with Deckard’s inner turmoil reflected in his repeated pleas to his own psyche. The song delves into Deckard’s dreams, fears, and ultimately, his confrontation with his own reality.”

The song opens with a hazy, atmospheric intro that evokes a sense of impending uncertainty. As the track unfolds, listeners are immersed in an exotic instrumental section, laden with tension-inducing tones and intricate time signatures mirroring the complexities of Deckard’s journey.

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Throughout “Renaissance”, Dissona skillfully weaves a narrative that mirrors Deckard’s emotional and existential struggles, all set against the backdrop of their signature progressive metal sound. The song’s powerful instrumentation and evocative lyrics make it a standout addition to the EP which is recommended for fans of Between the Buried and Me, Cynic and Opeth.

Watch their masterful drummer, Drew Goddard, perform his parts for the song “Renaissance” at:

“Dreadfully Distinct” was released on November 10th, 2023 via Earache Distribution and is available at the following links:

Digital –

CD –

Music Video – “The Prodigal Son”-

Music Video – “Skinjob” –

Guitar/Bass Performance Video – Renaissance – ​​

In additional news, Dissona has signed a worldwide deal with Extreme Management Group.

Track Listing:

1. The Prodigal Son (6:27)
2. Renaissance (5:33)
3. Skinjob (3:40)

EP Recording Credits:
– All songs performed by: Dissona
– All songs written by: Dissona
– Produced by: Dissona
– Mixed and Mastered by: Matt Motto
– EP Artwork by: Karo Gasiorwoska

EP and Live Lineup:
David Dubenic – Vocals
Matt Motto – Guitars
Craig Hamburger – Bass
Drew Goddard – Drums

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“Drawing inspiration from the Bladerunner movie series, specifically Agent K from Blade Runner 2049, “Skinjob” has an icy exterior musically, but definitely has the DNA of great mid-west electronica and industrial music inside of its veins. Their entire upcoming new EP Dreadfully Distinct, drops November 10th and follows this story.” – Ghost Cult Mag

“What I love about this band’s sound is the way in which the rolling riffs are mixed with some highly technical playing, but without becoming complex for the sake of complexity alone. David Dubenic has a very dramatic way of singing, utilising different ‘voices’. That usually puts me off, and can sound rather fake and overtly theatrical. But David has the ability to deliver it very convincingly.” – 

“This EP delves into the Blade Runner universe, with each track dedicated to a character from the iconic film. The first single, “The Prodigal Son,” explores the backstory of Roy Batty, one of the original film’s central characters. While their third full-length album is also on the horizon, listeners can get an early fix with their upcoming cinematically crafted progressive EP.” – Metal Insider

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​​“Since I wasn’t yet familiar with DISSONA, this EP was a pleasant surprise for me, offering a consistent concept, wonderfully diverse compositions and great performances from all band members. I’m digging their kind of musical story-telling, where everything seems to be in the right place, perfectly supported by the well-balanced, yet full-sounding production. With the earlier mentioned already recorded album on the horizon, it feels like a good time to dive into their backcatalogue before the new opus will be released, which is highly anticipated now!” – Mostly-Metal

“Ethnic instruments bring “Renaissance” to life, a track that finds the band take on the character of Rick Deckard as he and Rachel escape from LA. Another powerhouse performance driven home by Drew Goddard behind the kit, it strikes a wonderful balance between the embellishments of synths and orchestration. Dubenic offers up a couple of unclean vocal moments which add contrast while the thought and vision that has gone into creating something this epic is abundantly clear. There is even a moment for 90’s breakbeats in the final moments. 8/10” – Metal Noise

“The more times you listen to this EP, the more you pick up. It’s quite a fascinating release. Fans of the Blade Runner universe will get a lot more out of it than non-fans, but everyone can enjoy the imaginative prog noise Dissona create regardless. 9/10” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

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​​““Skinjob” is the shining star on the Dreadfully Distinct – walking a line between metal and brooding goth à la Depeche Mode. As David Dubenic (vocals), Matt Motto (guitars), Craig Hamburger (bass), and Drew Goddard (drums) create collaboratively, aligning to the overarching themes and narrative, their unity allows for both an aural and visual experience. Dreadfully Distinct is not dreadful but it is distinct, creative, and brilliant in its creation.” – Amplify The Noise

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