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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 . . .Read more ›
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.
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
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.
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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Imagine the fusion of technical song-writing nature that shatters the formula, crushing guitar riffs, and the pure chaos brought by grindcore. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Bill Lumbergh
the intensity and sheer rage of ion dissonance's "solace" is incomparable to no other band on the planet except for possibly pig destroyer but even pig destroyer cannot acheive the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by kade dodson
Granted, to the untrained ear, Ion Dissonance's music probably sounds wretched. One could easily think it's just a bunch of awful noise slopped onto a C.D. Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by A. Stutheit
this album is their best work and is one of the best mathcore cd's i've ever heard and the production is great. Read morePublished on October 24, 2005 by Shawn Edmonds
i was really looking forward to this, after hearing the brutal promo song, 'she's strychnine'. that song had an excellent mix, sounded great at high volumes. Read morePublished on September 6, 2005 by Scottie