The genres of deathcore and grindcore have had a strange, mixed evolution. They have intertwined in odd ways, seemingly died, come back bigger than ever and now are dominating the metal scene. Newer deathcore bands like Chelsea Grin and Attila have been among the top-selling metal acts in the country this past year.
But they owe it all to the deathcore pioneers who paved the way for this style to come to prominence in the early 2000s. Enter Ion Dissonance, one of the earliest bands to play around with it, who have been revered as one of the greats of the genre since day one. They have been largely inactive since 2010's release of Cursed, their fourth album. Now we finally have a new song and hope for a new album.
The band began a slow shift from their earliest mathcore work to the heavier styles of deathcore. By 2007's acclaimedMinus the Herd
, they were playing some of the heaviest breakdowns around, with opening track "The Surge" standing as one of their biggest fan favorite tracks.
Tours and collaborations with fellow pioneers Despised Icon just hammered home the band's place in the deathcore legacy. Cursed featured some of their best work yet, not to mention a burgeoning experimental side with the incorporation of clean vocals in the epic iTunes bonus track "Pallor."
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New track "Ill Will" is a heavy dosage of Ion Dissonance's mathcore side, playing out over only 1 minute and 48 seconds. Still, it's an example of all their classic styles, including a badass chugging riff in the middle that will inevitably inspire some of the craziest pits of the year when they hit the road.
It's a short window into the band's creative process and shows they haven't slowed down a bit in the years that have passed since Cursed. The only shame of it all is that so far they haven't let us know when we actually might hear the rest of this record. As we head into 2015, it's going to be five full years since Cursed hit, with only this tasty morsel to sate our appetites.
Hopefully more details will arrive soon, but in the meantime, "Ill Will" is available for purchase on Bandcamp for a dollar. It might seem like a token gesture to purchase such a short track when you can stream it endlessly on YouTube, but maybe pitching in will help us get a new Ion Dissonance record faster. In any case, it can't hurt, and if "Ill Will" is any indication, we're going to want this album sooner rather than later.