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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Ion Dissonance, "Solace"
Ion Dissonance, "Solace"

Ion Dissonance have provided a follow-up to their 2003 debut Breathing is Irrelevant. Breathing reminded me of a more in control Dillinger Escape Plan. Solace reminds me exactly of Dillinger Escape Plan as they are constantly trying to cram way too much into every second of music. The time changes come at least two a second and the result is utter chaos, and not in a good way. For the most part this comes across like a mess of solos and fills that never really comes together. The only time this album really settles into a groove is during the mandated breakdowns that pollute almost all hardcore records. The rest of the album is just an excuse to show off how great they can play. I respect talent as much as the next guy, but knowing when not to play is a skill too, a skill Ion Dissonance seems to have forgotten. The songs themselves also seem like pieces of various songs that got stapled together on the same track. If you're a mathcore addict then this is really going to be up your alley but it comes across like a grand clusterfuck to me. This would probably work better in small doses for me to be honest. If the last song wasn't eleven minutes long this would be a small dose and I would be far more into it. This is a prime example of trying to cram ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag.

K.Huckins