Ion Dissonance
Breathing Is Irrelevant


4.0
excellent

Review

by GodL1ke USER (8 Reviews)
April 28th, 2011 | 49 replies | 8,997 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ion Dissonance’s debut album also happens to be their finest.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

When Ion Dissonance first formed in 2001, their primary intention was to create music that was more complex and brutal than ever before. Needless to say, they succeeded at that and more by creating this record that has the potential to shred through sensitive human ears very much like a chainsaw.

The listening experience provided by these madmen is somewhat of a paradox: it is painful yet rewarding, chaotic yet structured. For the inexperienced listener the music may sound confused, maybe even nonsensical but a more experienced listener will always tell you that there does exist a sense of structure and flow in such music (even Sunn O))) has structure, believe me). The rapid transitions, screamed vocals, sadistic lyrics, fragmented narratives and erratic drumming all add to an overall listening experience that will leave you exhausted by the time the album ends.

This may be a little hard to absorb but nothing is really overdone on this record. If you attentively listen to this album, it might not even give you time to breathe but a careful listen will also tell you that every part of heightened intensity differs from the other. Some parts are shredded out in a typical metal style while other parts are more laid back but still heavy. The narrative nature of the album keeps the album flowing in a certain direction even though the members tend to go in circles for a while on the journey. But they certainly manage to create catchy tunes (though they will take time to sink in because of the sheer nature of the music) in those circles and that is an essential part of what keeps the album from mediocrity and monotonousness.

It will take several active listens to grasp this album completely but in the end it will feel very rewarding because once this album is in the head, it will continue driving you crazy and not disappoint. There is nothing inherently flawed in the music but the nature of the genre itself would keep anyone I believe from calling it a classic. Whatever, it is a highly enjoyable and extremely consuming listening experience.



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GodL1ke
April 28th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Substantial Guilt vs The Irony of Enjoying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8pvMgQwJxg

The Girl Next Door Is Always Screaming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlnXU7FKNOM

MO
April 28th 2011



17352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

JF is such a beast of a drummer. Some of the shit he pulls off on Solace is just ridiculous. Nice review. Haven't listened to this album in ages.

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GodL1ke
April 28th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. whether people see it or not, this genre also harbors a lot of talent. it just takes a while to notice it :P
m/

iFghtffyrdmns
April 28th 2011



7047 Comments


BR00T4L

Itwasthatwas
April 28th 2011



728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sick record

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 28th 2011



10553 Comments


band is okay.

Newest was bland.

They're all about technical prowess and weird dynamic/time shifts. They'd be a hell of a lot cooler if they were coherent half of the time.

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GodL1ke
April 28th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well it all sounds coherent once you've heard this thing enough..but i understand people may not always want to invest their time in building up the coherence..
i find these kinda bands are always best suited for those necessary occasional listens.

MO
April 28th 2011



17352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They remind me alot of Cryptopsy. It's really tough, almost exhausting to listen to this band for a while. But once you do and you start really getting what they do it's pretty heavy shit.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 28th 2011



10553 Comments


i find these kinda bands are always best suited for those necessary occasional listens


agreed. theres no way i could listen to this everyday.

GhostOvPerdition
April 28th 2011



132 Comments


dude, your writing is getting better, this was an awesome review. This music sounds like it's totally up my alley. I'll check it out for sure.

fr33convict
April 28th 2011



11678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome CD. Good review dude. Pos.

GodL1ke
April 28th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks ^^..feels good to know i'm on the right track towards progress .

Nocturnal
April 28th 2011



1146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The death of 1 man has the best breakdown ever!

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YetAnotherBrick
April 28th 2011



4315 Comments


This needed a review. And it's good too, so it's a win-win. pos

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InvertTheInverted
May 31st 2012



614 Comments


Pretty good. Liked the Budd Dwyer reference.

expire
May 31st 2012



162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of the few good metalcore bands, good review too

DeadGuy
June 7th 2012



366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sick fuckin nasty

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DeathByAstonishment
August 13th 2012



269 Comments


Metalcore??? I wouldn't really call it that. More like mathgrind.

DeathByAstonishment
August 14th 2012



269 Comments


errr mah gurddd, its like Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and Dillinger Escape Plan had a socially awkward lovechild.

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012



230 Comments


yea



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