The word ‘dissonance’ is defined in the dictionary as ‘lack of harmony among musical notes’. So it’s amazing when a band uses this dissonance to great effect, thus creating some unusual music. This is seen more in the black metal bands that decide to take the progressive route, but often they end up sounding extremely weird and even alienating some of the listeners. Norse, a two piece from Australia, walks the fine line between traditional black metal sounds and dissonant song writing. They do this without leaning too much on either side. Their 2014 EP ‘Pest’ is a fine example in adopting unusual song writing skills while managing to creating an enjoyable end product. Transcending Obscurity recently re-released this EP and it is a good thing that they did.