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Minus the Herd

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Another technical metal masterpiece from cold Canada. Ion Dissonance will be on tour through out America all of 2007!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Surge
  2. Through Evidence
  3. Kneel
  4. Shunned Redeemer
  5. You Shouldn't Be Alive
  6. Scorn Haven
  7. Of Me...Nobody Is Safe
  8. Untitled
  9. Void Of Conscience
  10. Tarnished Trepidation

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abacus
  • ASIN: B000PAAI0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By phobos on June 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ion Dissonance are probably my favorite band in metalcore. They have a very special sound-- there's something very unique about the sludgey tone of their guitars. This is their saving grace, since without this unique tone they would probably be unlistenable. I think this is their most accessible album yet, although we're still talking about extremely technical and harsh metal with some of the most angular riffs on the planet, so it's all relative. The angular riffs and devestating heaviness are still present, but they've gone for a more spare, stripped-down approach this time, and have avoided the wall-of-sound bludgeoning on their previous album, "Solace." This is probably just as tech as their earlier stuff, although the slower, less chaotic nature of this material makes it seem a little simpler. I think it works well for them. The new vocalist does a good job, and seems to have more versatility than their old one, whose monotone screaming often compromized my enjoyment of their earlier albums. My only real complaint is the ardent Meshuggah influence running through a lot of this album-- it was always a huge part of their sound, but this time it seems a lot more obvious. They still manage to put their own spin on it, though, and if anything, go beyond their idols in terms of complexity and extremity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyberpunk on June 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
ion dissonance had been one of those bands i had been putting off checking out, but i remember i really liked their guitar tone from the song i heard. so i got minus the herd, and was instantly blown away. it's so heavy, yet the songwriting is solid. the songs flow into each other very well, and each song is memorable. i really recommend taking the album in as a whole. i read some reviews here, and i checked out their two other albums. i understand where the fans are coming from, compared to the other two, minus the herd is like a really long breakdown, but i feel like this album really says something. i think it's an achievement, and it's slow for a reason. they do sound a lot like meshuggah at times, but ion dissonance has way more going on in the songwriting and they gracefully avoid getting boring. they're like meshuggah meets converge. the album is very much more on the "hardcore" side than the metal or "death metal" side. their new vocalist has a great tone to his scream, a lot of control and power. there is something about their guitar tone that makes them very dissonant (8 string maybe? i dunno...) my favorite part of minus the herd is the quality production, everything is crystal clear and mixed perfectly. the lyrics are also very well written, though i feel like the rhythmic alignment of the syllables could've been better. if you want a barrage of nonstop riffs and blast beats, listen to their first two albums or psyopus, despised icon, dillinger, beneath the massacre, or job for a cowboy. if you're into stuff like meshuggah or tool or converge or fear factory, check out minus the herd. if you like minus the herd by ion dissonance, check out car bomb "centralia". you'd also probably like the band emmure.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on February 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ion Dissonance have always been an insanely technical math/noise/grindcore band, but for their newest full-length, "Minus The Herd," they pared back that technical wizardry significantly in favor of a much simpler, denser, slower, and more restrained and stripped down approach. It seems this Montreal, Canada-based quintet were making a concerted attempt to sound more modern and accessible, and if that was their intent, then they succeeded. Unfortunately, though, this new approach mostly backfired and does not work in their favor because they are now just another generic deathcore Johnny-come-lately. Yes, granted, it can be expected that when a band recruits a new vocalist, their sound is going to change at least somewhat. But look at Black Sabbath and Sepultura - they remained fairly consistent after losing their respective original lead singers, and a band like Fleshgore actually improved quite greatly after they lost theirs. Thus, even though this is Ion Dissonance's first effort with Kevin McCaughey behind the mic, there is no excuse for THIS big of a change.

Sure, there are some positives of this new sound, including a thicker, Meshuggah-esque guitar tone and distortion, chunky, crunching riffing, occasionally audible bass lines, ginormous, pummeling breakdowns, semi-intelligible vocals, accessible song structures, and even a trace of melody (gasp!). Plus, this album is, overall, remarkably easy to listen to and digest (in fact, this is probably Ion Dissonance's most listenable release to date).

With that said, "Minus The Herd" is definitely missing that certain intangible "something," and its negatives overshadow and outweigh its noteworthy advantages. First of all, to be perfectly frank, it just isn't all that interesting or exciting.
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It is strange to call an ID album accessible. Like the other reviewer this is the first ID album that I can actually play in my car while driving around (without accidentally wreaking my car). ID have slowed things down on this album which for most of the general public is still way to blistering. The result is an album more focused on rhythm and timing. The riffs are heavy,staccato, and odd timed monsters. Which is one of the strengths and weaknesses of this album. ID used to use these Meshuggah style riffs basically as a breakdown in the middle of their ferocious songs. This gave the songs a pretty hefty climax that was very powerful. Now these riffs basically are the songs. The songs are not boring, however the sledge hammer affect they use to have is no longer really there for me. All in all I really enjoyed that fact I can now listen to ID without developing a headache after 10 minutes. Extreme tech metal is now trying to make more coherent songs (Dillinger, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance) and I applauded them for trying something new. Either way, If you enjoy tech metal then this is for you. It is not everyday that an album like this come out so pick it up and enjoy it. Despite its flaws I am once again impressed and going to enjoy this record for some time to come.
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