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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Ion Dissonance, "Breathing is Irrelevant"

Reviews : Albums : Ion Dissonance, "Breathing is Irrelevant"

Ion Dissonance, "Breathing is Irrelevant"

Don't ask me what the name means, I have no idea. However if you're a mathcore fiend than I suggest you find out more about them. This is really guitar crazy stuff though not nearly as over the top as The Dillenger Escape Plan. The vocals are the usual hardcore screaming, nothing all that unusual but it works nicely on here. The bass isn't overpowering but it still plays nicely in the mix. The drumming is what really does it for me on this album though. The production is great on here too; it's almost surgical, yet it still feels organic at the same time. I do think they have one great advantage over DEP though. They don't sacrifice the viciousness in order to play 50 more notes per second like DEP tend to do. This is why I am loving this album, the tightrope between technicality and masturbation is always one of the hardest to walk, those who do it well get my full appreciation. These guys do it very well. They also tend to be more metal and less math than DEP. I would like to stop mentioning DEP in here but the guitar style is similar enough that it keeps coming up. I would have to consider these guys DEP's angrier younger brother, the one with the big mouth and no concept of subtlety. They also have possibly the best song title ever, The Bud Dwyer Effect. Should you not know, Bud Dwyer was the Pennsylvania state treasurer back in the 80's when he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He held a live televised press conference to announce his resignation, by blowing his brains out with a revolver. This title is worthy of Burnt by the Sun, the band who still has the best song titles. The runner up to this is a song called, The Death of One Man is Tragic, the Death of 10,000 is a Statistic. The only problem I have with this album is that it is 32 minutes long, I want more.

Standout Tracks

   Substantial Guilt vs. the Irony of Enjoying
   The Bud Dwyer Effect
   1011101110001001
   Oceanic Motion

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