Belgian progressive metal/hardcore collective BEAR, recently unveiled a guitar playthrough for “Dissolve Dissipate.” Now playing at Gear Gods, the track comes by way of the band’s Propaganda full-length, out now on Pelagic Records.
Writes Gear Gods, “Holding nothing back, the track dives right into an absolute onslaught of dissonant guitar riffs, pummeling drum parts, and visceral vocals that show you the band means business. Guitarist James Falck brings the heat throughout the entire playthrough with a devilishly delicious mix of low-tuned chugging, open harmonics, and fast-paced riffs reminiscent of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Stray From The Path.”
Adds guitarist James Falck “‘Dissolve Dissipate’ was essentially born from a desire to create something as abrasive and explosive as possible. It was created to be a real statement of intent to open Propaganda with, and something that encapsulates everything that BEAR is. Live, we tend to speed things up quite a bit when the adrenaline kicks in, so playing this song can get pretty intense. Technically, it’s really fun to play, so I want to challenge our fans to try and learn it.”
View BEAR’s “‘Dissolve Dissipate” playthrough at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, the band is challenging fans to learn “‘Dissolve Dissipate” and to submit their entries to YouTube and Instagram using the hashtag #bearpropaganda, and by tagging the band (@bearpropaganda). Prizes to be won feature products from Bare Knuckle, Ibanez, and Dunlop, as well as signed merch. The deadline for submissions is December 7th at 1:00pm EST / 7:00pm CET. Visit BEAR‘s social networks (below) for more info.
BEAR‘s Propaganda is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find ordering options at the following locations:
Celebrating their tenth anniversary as a band, BEAR invokes the spirit of great hardcore bands of the ’90s like Catharsis or Gehenna – bands whose raw energy, uncompromising delivery, and relentlessly violent performance was as energizing and invigorating as it was puzzling for the oftentimes baffled audience. With three albums released since on Let It Burn and Basick Records, performances at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, Complextiy Fest, and headlining tours throughout Europe and India, the band has made themselves a name within the heavy music underground scene as one of the most punishing live acts going.
Propaganda is an album against propaganda; against the manipulative character of communication and product-placement that we face each time we turn on the TV, walk through a supermarket, or tune in to Spotify without a paid subscription. And while blatant ideological propaganda is being camouflaged behind product propaganda within an endless floating spectrum of ever-growing, artificially created needs and demands, ideology is as a matter of fact constantly being reinstated and affirmed. BEAR alludes to all of this with metaphors and artwork referencing historic propaganda and the political practices used by the terrible dictators of the 20th century presented in a pop-art style that is equal parts ironic and iconic. BEAR criticizes propaganda by making Propaganda of their own with their very own aural bombs, symbols, and manifestos.
“At various points, Propaganda dips its toes into the mathcore experimentalism of early Dillinger Escape Plan and Car Bomb, the fiery noise rock of Unsane and Today Is The Day, and – as on Propaganda’s first single, ‘Apollo’s Heist’ – the sublimely elastic groove of Meshuggah and Intronaut. All of these elements are wrapped up in adroitly-written songs that combine sheer aggression with infectious hooks in the best possible way.” – MetalSucks
“The song bounces back and forth between prog metal and mile-a-minute hardcore, which are not two things that cross paths too often, but BEAR pull it off.” – BrooklynVegan on “Gutter Love”
“…aggressive, groovy, and strong.” – Sea of Tranquility
“…dark, complex, heavy, and angry…” – Wonderbox Metal
“…with Propaganda, BEAR show that with the right application of diversifying flavors and solid performances, groove metal is still a valid foundation for a killer album with unexpectedly addictive riffs, unbridled aggression, and surprising variety.” – Angry Metal Guy
“Propaganda is a bottom-heavy album… with tracks like ‘Stigmata’ and ‘The Ram’ having interesting instrumentals, ‘The Engine’ with its black metal-esque drive, and ‘Flares’ with its odd rhythms and quick changes to clean singing that give an almost J-metal feel…” – Toilet Ov Hell
“…a true jewel reminiscent of the late 2000s. It’s groovy, rhythmically and vocally quite interesting, and sounds like something from a bygone age that’s actually much closer than you remember.” – Grimm Gent