Wednesday July 27, 2022

I always find it fascinating when artists write song based on something they’re pretty detached from like a documentary, or the news, yet their lyrics seem like they come from such a deep, personal place.


Bethlehem, PA- based metal band, Dissentience’s latest single “Clinical Psychosis” off their album, Empire Anatomy is one of those songs!

Frontman, Connor Valentin explains:“Clinical Psychosis” takes the listener on a wild, thrash-laden journey through the mind of an unwilling MK Ultra acid test participant. The whole MK Ultra program and the mystery surrounding it is something we got turned onto from the Wormwood documentary and from delving into the roots of the San Francisco psychedelic movement of the 60s. The CIA was trying to find a method of mind control via psychedelics and other substances and, in the process, many agents and unsuspecting coworkers got secretly dosed. Imagine going to work at your government desk job, drinking your morning coffee, and 45 minutes later you’re totally tripped out while a room full of suits are watching your every move and studying you like a lab rat…we wanted to write something from the perspective of the victim in that scenario.”


Dissentience is: Connor Valentin (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Vitale (guitar), Sean Langer (bass/vocals), and Nick Scherden (drums). 


Lyric video by Jason Keith; single artwork by Daniel “Sawblade” Shaw


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