October 26, 2005 | | 3.5

Ion Dissonance, Solace

I’ve never heard Ion Dissonance‘s debut recording, so I have nothing to compare their sophomore effort to. I can tell you that it’s one heavy-assed album. Take the frenetic energy of Dillinger Escape Plan and combine that with the chug, mosh and voical delivery of Burnt By The Sun and The Red Chord and you’ll have a general idea of how this band comes across on Solace. Don’t let the name of the album fool you. There is nothing comforting about the eruption of sound contained in that jewel case.

The lead singer, Gabriel McCaughry, has a great range of screams intermixed with unemotional spoken lyrics that makes for a complex and dynamic sound. Add in some great blast beats and strictly timed mosh, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an album.

The first 9 tracks are plenty aggressive, technical and can keep the listener entertained through the stretch. The final track is epic in length in comparison to the rest of the album. It’s at times softly sung and darkly ambient, while at other times a rolling, churning cloud of dispair. It makes for quite an ending to a great album.

Favorite Tracks:
Cleansed by Silence
Shut Up, I’m Trying to Worry

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