Esoteric
Paragon Of Dissonance


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnJerk USER (4 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2011 | 76 replies | 11,452 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that will make your ears bleed and make you not care about it at all.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This album is what the invisible oranges gesture was made for.

Now, as mentioned, this is a massive album; not just in length but in sound as well. And Esoteric did not take any steps to hide this fact. It should not come to a surprise to anyone that Esoteric revels in casting forth crushing wave after crushing wave of deafening distorted guitar and with a pace the rivals the slowness of time. You have Greg Chandler and Jim Nolan simply just forcing their way through your ear canals, backed by Mark Bodossian on his down-tuned bass of death, slugging to create a perfect example of why funeral doom is one of the heaviest genres the bigger umbrella of metal ever cast off. However, there are some switching points through the first half; all of a sudden we have medium-paced death metal riffs, a few psychedelic interludes and what have you. This should not come as a suprise though as this is Esoteric and they have done all the way through the career; it just seems a lot of prominent on "Paragon of Dissonance". Especially during the longer tracks, Abandonment and Non Being. I mean, after about two minutes of droning, the last track mentioned suddenly picks up a marching drum beat and a guitar solo.

I make it sound like I've never heard funeral doom before, right? I know that all the stuff I just mentioned of course has it place in such a down-tempo genre of music but, for me, it sometimes puts me on a slope with this album; you don't know where you have it. Luckily, when Esoteric are good with their feedback, their reverb and their heavy sound they are really ***ing good.

The second part, however, is much more unforgiving. It is a three tracks of roughly the same length, all about fifteen minutes of unrelenting doom riffs and slow drumming. This is what I came for. This is where Esoteric gets me every time and I go into full metalhead mode. When this album is heavy, it is, without a shadow of a doubt, the heaviest album I've heard all year. It slams you down and just keeps on pushing until all the bones in your body have been turned to dust by the sheer force of sound eminating from two guitars, a bass, a drumkit and a growling madman.

In conclusion, what you have here could easily be a contender for metal album of the year. However, seeing as funeral doom metal gets a bit niche at times, I'll just note that if you like heavy music, if you are prone to the famous insivible oranges stance, then this is right up your alley. Plus, if you are a fan of doom metal and haven't heard Esoteric, now is a good a time to start as any.


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DarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR (4)
a paragon indeed....

GodL1ke (4.5)
Another quality release from the leaders of funeral doom? You bet your ass....


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Eons
November 22nd 2011



446 Comments


Review was OK, a bit short though.

This album is great, yet very hard to listen to because it drags & drags. This band has abnormally
long songs.

Digging: C.A. Quintet - Trip Thru Hell

seedofnothing
November 22nd 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^well judging by your ratings, i would expect someone like you to say something like that

JohnJerk
November 22nd 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Eons; honestly, if you think that the songs are too long then doom metal in general really isn't for you, is it? I am not trying to come off as confrontational but really, this is a genre that is supposed to "drag". But with the drag comes the amazing aspect of heaviness, the thick and grimy guitar sounds and that is what I look for in a doom metal and I sure found it with Paragon of Dissonance.

GodL1ke
November 22nd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hah well its longer than my review at least i think

SCREAM!
November 22nd 2011



9977 Comments


Finally getting around to giving this a first listen.

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

bloc
November 22nd 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool album. Will be an occasional listen however. For now.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Ignimbrite
November 23rd 2011



5295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This band has abnormally
long songs."

have you ever listened to any doom, sludge, or post metal?

Ending
November 23rd 2011



1889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have you ever listened to any doom, sludge, or post metal?


My thoughts exactly.

This album is really good.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2011



8746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am not trying to come off as confrontational but really, this is a genre that is supposed to "drag"


no it isn't. it's meant to be long and slow-moving but it's not meant to drag.

but then, this doesn't drag at all so... :]

GodL1ke
November 23rd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

skepticism drags

but they still rule


tarkus
November 23rd 2011



5560 Comments


rating keeps dropping

i miss 4.4

GodL1ke
November 23rd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not really i might drop my rating soon myself

GodL1ke
November 23rd 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ouch ):

JohnJerk
November 24th 2011



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@DarkNoctus; well, hence why I put it as "drag". ;-)

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2011



8746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

drag is a derogatory statement. being long and slow-moving is an observation. :]

GodL1ke
November 24th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea seriously

Hawks
November 24th 2011



34510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Speaking of Skepticism, I listened to both Farmakon and Alloy last night. Felt good man.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

combustion07
November 24th 2011



5339 Comments


I should probably get around to hearing this.

Nifkin
November 25th 2011



90 Comments


Repetitive, long, and pretty boring. I couldn't get into it and I fail to see the genius.

Digging: BYRTA - BYRTA

GodL1ke
November 25th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eh its obviously not for you



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