Ion Dissonance
Cast the First Stone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mort. CONTRIBUTOR (56 Reviews)
November 24th, 2016 | 89 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ion Dissonance's signature sound takes on a more ominous tone.

Cast The First Stone erupts into bare faced chaos almost immediately, abruptly quelling any fears I had regarding Ion Dissonance’s ability to pummel us into submission after being away for so long. I couldn’t be happier that they’ve retained their relentless unpredictability, although at the same time it’s good to see that they haven’t just dug their heels in and resisted change; Cast The First Stone represents a refinement of the sound they’ve been developing since their inception.

When I say refined I don’t mean that they’ve stripped away any of the forcefulness that’s made them so intimidatingly appealing in the past. Rather, their knack for unrelenting aggression has now been imbued with a tone of ominous misanthropy. They’ve always had a vein of the malevolent running through their music and here it takes a fuller form. Beneath the chugging hammer-downs and endless blast-beats there tends to be a riff smacking of impending dread giving proceedings that little bit of extra malignance. It gives them an atmospheric quality that I feel has always been missing from their earlier works, where the focus tended to be on insane chaos rather than eliciting any discernible tone.

Lyrically, the focus seems to be on painting an apocalyptic picture, or at least a pessimistic view of the way society has been and is going. “Treading On Thin Ice” specifically sees vocalist Kevin McCaughey occupied with the current state of western democracies, lamenting over our horrific “post truth” media (“A very thin fine line exists amid free speech in voicing your opinions and spitting bull*** lies and injustice”) and damning us all as “doomed to repeat the cycle”. This cynical negativity permeates Cast The First Stone, hatred of the masses seeming to be the overall focus (“For narrow minded fools/Thick headed to the bone”). These lyrics aren’t particularly insightful or well-crafted for the most part, being neither poetic nor containing any smart word-play, but they do carry a certain weight behind them in their demented sermon-like deliverance.

Furthermore, the impact of these tirades of hate are exemplified by Ion Dissonance’s chaotic knack for structure, the most blistering lines emphasised by the juggernaut instrumentals that burst in afterwards. In fact, this chaotic knack for structure is one of the most impressive things about Cast The First Stone, rarely falling into the chaos-for-chaos’s sake trap that so many like-minded efforts do. This allows the pessimistic one-liners to take the limelight at the right moment, carefully considered and placed where their impact will be most felt instead of just getting lost in mindless mayhem. Although, if mindless mayhem is what you desire you can’t go wrong with this; calling it straightforward would be a disservice.



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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would give it like a 4.2 if i could



anyway, all feedback is appreciated.



https://goodfightent.bandcamp.com/album/cast-the-first-stone



video for "to lift the dead hand of the past" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1OkuskX7bg





Digging: Camel - Mirage

MO
November 24th 2016


22767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yusssssss, so good.



D.A.B.D.A is one of my tracks of the year

MO
November 24th 2016


22767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

" there tends to be a riff smacking of impending dread giving proceedings that little bit of extra malignance"



this reads a bit oddly. maybe something along the lines of there tends to be a riff teeming with dread and giving off an air of extra malignance, or something?



that's all I can see, good review

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i thought over that line a lot, couldnt find the right wording for it. ill come back to it later seeming as right now im just happy to be done with writing this



and cheers, i think my fav off this is probs "To lift the dead hand of the past"

BigPleb
November 24th 2016


59901 Comments


Album has balls.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


3495 Comments


awesome you reviewed this, great stuff. pos, will be checking this out later

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers famalam and yeah Pleb, balls of granite

calmrose
November 24th 2016


5283 Comments


great review Mort.

D.A.B.D.A, Perpetually Doomed, and To Lift the Dead Hand of the Past are crazy good

[album has] balls of granite [2]




Digging: Elliott Smith - Either/Or

Hopelust
November 24th 2016


3461 Comments


Last paragraph totally rings true, Mort.

Just picked this album up the other day. Maaaan is it wicked.

zaruyache
November 24th 2016


21593 Comments


will cheq.

Digging: Blue Noise - Everyone Goes Away Eventually

Archelirion
November 24th 2016


5903 Comments


You did good man. Pos'd hard - can't wait to give a listen.

Insurrection
November 24th 2016


24735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice write up man. the production really puts this over their other albums me thinks. crunchy af

Hopelust
November 24th 2016


3461 Comments


Yea it sounds pretty excellent. Favourite tracks, anyone?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers everyone

DeadGuy
November 24th 2016


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this shit fuckin rules



"Get outta my headdddddddd!!!!"

Digging: Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites

calmrose
November 24th 2016


5283 Comments


"Favourite tracks, anyone?"

D.A.B.D.A, Perpetually Doomed, and To Lift the Dead Hand of the Past are my top three atm

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
November 25th 2016


10662 Comments


Never was very impressed with these guys but it's been a while, might give em another try

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2016


15808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet rev Mort. Pos. I really, really enjoyed this too.

Digging: Desert Sessions - Volumes 11 and 12

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2016


14594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks gonzo and yeah its sweet. I still need to properly check out their first 3 lps

MO
November 25th 2016


22767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dude bro Solace and Breathing is Irrelevant are fucking amazing. I personally like Minus the Herd a lot but I can see why people give it shit. check em all out dude m/



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