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Solace

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Solace is the sophomore release from this young Montreal band who've made a name for themselves touring North America several times over with acts such as Premonitions of War, On Broken Wings, The End and other hardcore staples. On Dissonance have once again pushed the boundaries of disorder, propelling themselves to the top of the evolving pile of sonic unruliness. Abacus. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Play Dead...and I'll Play Along
  2. O.A.S.D
  3. Cleansed by Silence
  4. She's Strychnine
  5. Nil:: Solaris
  6. Lecturing Raskolnikov (Or How to Properly Stab an Old Widow)
  7. You're Not Carving Deep Enough
  8. Shut Up, I'm Trying to Worry
  9. Signature
  10. A Prelude of Things Worse to Come


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abacus
  • ASIN: B000AA4LAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John H. Pitts III on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1. Metalheads will not like this album due to the production.

2. The production mix on this album is similar to many marquee grindcore albums (Think: Pig Destroyer, Nasum, Keelhaul). On most technical metal albums, each instrument is perfectly equalized and delineated so that there is very little mid range but overall an extremely dynamic sound.

Solace (like many grindcore albums) compresses its instruments "almost" completely to the mid range. Now, I'm a drummer, so I like to hear every single cymbal (ID utilizes a lot of them), tom, kick bass and snare that is being hit and rolled, but at the same time, I am quite fond of the "flatter" almost analog sound, as it gives the band a more unified feel.

More importantly, it sounds more organic, which works to the favor of bands like Ion Dissonance almost solely because extremely technical music of this sort would sound like it was being performed by a computer if produced like a typical metal record. (Think: Cephalic Carnage's last few LP's.) Because of the denser, almost "distant" sound, it sounds like actual human beings are playing this material, making each song sound even more impressive.

3. This album is dirty, bloody and raw. Most technical bands out there are extremely talented, but they lack the agression, the rawness that Ion Dissonance present. The way this album sounds is no accident. Solace sounds like a *very* high quality recording of one of their best live performances, not an overproduced studio album. Listening to it is like being cut by a rusty, dull knife over and over again and enjoying the visceral rush of it.

4. The guitar and bass work is *much* more dynamic on Solace than Breathing . . .
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You need this album if you are a fan of Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Red Chord, Dysrhythmia or even Behold..The Arctopus. Ion Dissonance are awesome.

This, i would call, extreme screamo/technical metal. I don't know if other fans would agree with me, but this band really is quite brutal in the true sense of the word. Trying to keep up with them is useless. They're very talented at what they do, and this album is brilliant from start to finish. I actually don't find anything wrong with the production, but each to their own. I think this album's production is very well done, personally.

Most songs clock in at around 3:30-4 minutes long, but in saying that, it's a neckbreaking 3 to 4 minutes to say the least. If anyone thought Dillinger Escape Plan was the be all and end all of Technical "Math-Metal" as some like to call it, then i suggest they try this band out. Not taking anything away from Dillinger Escape Plan of course, but just think of a heavier more off-the-wall version of them, and Ion Dissonance is it basically.

This band deserve to be more widely known. This album is totally 5/5.
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If it sounds like a technical motocross event, it'll be enough to get a 5 from me. Used, like new, with a great compressive framerate.

Best songs: Signature, Lecturing Raskolnikov, O.A.S.D, She's Strychnine, You're not Carving Deep Enough, Shut up, I'm Trying to Worry, Play Dead...and I'll Play Along, Cleansed By Silence
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By rymon on June 14, 2007
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Ion Dissonance - Solace

Bleak, crushing atmosphere created by some truly terrifying and masterful lyrics courtesy of vocalist Gab, who sounds truly posessed when roaring them across the length of the "songs" at hand here. The musicianship is absolutely top-notch, the drums particularly phenomenal whilst the guitar sound is absolutely brutal, matched by the bass, with occasional massive bass booms to emphasise the breakdowns. The breakdowns on this record are likely the heaviest youll ever hear, none of the typical metalcore rythyms. Play Dead and Ill Play Along, OASD, Cleansed By Silence, LEcturing Raskolnikov and Shes Strychnine have some of the best, with vicious lyrics to go along with them. They counter the sheer insanely chaotic and technical passages that make up the majority of the songs. Phenomenal.
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What's with the bashing on the production? I think the production of this record is massive, huge, soul-crushing...and I'm even very [...] about good production. I can turn this album up and it still sounds clear and brutal. (how it should sound) Get a better sound system boys!

Anyways, this album stands equal or maybe even taller than BII. That's just someone's opinion. There's no denying that track 7 and that infectious curb-stomping whammy bar riff is crazy. If you like Meshuggah sounding guitars mixed with the sound of Gorguts and DEP with horrific screams and intelligent lyrics, stop reading this, click "add to cart" and get happy!
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'Solace' is perhaps the most brutal tech/chaos/math/metal (too many damn genres), etc. album to ever be released. It is an absolute must-own if you're a fan of the genre. I love the 'wall of sound' approach Ion opts for here. While this may turn off some,(this may be why some have taken issue with the production) I believe it complements the absolutely ferocious nature of the music. As another reviewer stated, the breakdowns are very atypical and provide an anchor in the whirlwind; sometimes the only way to know what song you're listening to is by the breakdown! While they would change their sound with their next album, this is the pinnacle of ultra brutal tech. Buy it and find out for yourself.
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