Sphere of influence: dissonance

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For the third post in our Sphere of influence series (find the first two posts here and here), we thought we'd try something different. Rather than grouping together musicians with a common source of inspiration, we've created a list of artists whose music shares a common stylistic device: dissonance.

Of course it is hard to separate influence, inspiration and stylistic similarity. The fact is, it's harder to find a single artist that is representative of this list as a whole, so we prefer to present all of them to you on equal footing. Without further ado, here are 14 noisy, violent, atonal, or just plain dissonant tracks for you to discover. Enjoy!




The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

USA
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Unfortunately no longer around, Danza were arguably one of the forebearers of dissonance in tech metal.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAN_V6BXMcE



War from a Harlots Mouth

Germany
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Dissonance and chaos go great together. If you don't believe me, check this out.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ_g_z7tgfo



Ion Dissonance

Canada
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If you're going through this list you probably know them already, but they had to be on here! Going by their name, these guys definitely deliver on their promise.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo4jjOsQA9k



Glass Cloud

USA
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They say everything Josh Travis of Danza touches turns to dissonance. Hear for yourself.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adq3hBeZV04



Sectioned

United Kingdom
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Sectioned seem to be determined to attempt to produce every possible sound there is to produce with their guitars.


http://sectioned.bandcamp.com/track/repeater-sectioned



A Dark Orbit

USA
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Strongly influenced by Josh Travis and friends, these guys have only released one EP so far, back in 2009. Look out for their debut full length coming later this year!


http://basickrecords.bandcamp.com/track/our-firestone



Frontierer

UK / USA
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A collaboration between Sectioned and A Dark Orbit members. The result sounds like you would expect! This track is from their upcoming full-length 'Orange Mathematics'.


http://frontierer.bandcamp.com/track/bleak



Fall In Archaea

Canada
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Sometimes you want just a little bit of melody sprinkled into your dissonance. For those moments, there is Fall In Archaea.


http://fallinarchaea.bandcamp.com/track/armistice-2



Damned Spring Fragrantia

Italy
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DSF's take on dissonance is a distinctively bendy, downtuned one.


http://basickrecords.bandcamp.com/track/divergences



Car Bomb

USA
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What happens if you take Meshuggah and dial up the chaos? It would probably end up sounding something like this.


http://carbomb.bandcamp.com/track/finish-it



Monasteries

United Kingdom
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A more deathcore-influenced take on dissonance.


http://monasteries.bandcamp.com/track/dreadwaste



When Knives Go Skyward

USA
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Unfortunately no longer around either, this band featured members of A Dark Orbit band Danza. Their album never saw the light of day.


https://soundcloud.com/knivesinorbit/terror-up



Defect Noises

Germany
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Something a little bit different: fully instrumental with a very apparent Meshuggah influence throughout, especially in the leads.


Click here to listen to 'The Burning Soul' by Defect Noises



Bermuda

USA
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For their dissonance-infused deathcore, Bermuda have taken a lesson or two from Ion Dissonance. Oh, and their vocalist guests on this track!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYkLvH3Z4Ck




We hope you enjoyed our little dissonant compilation. Did we miss any great bands that should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments! More 'Sphere of influence' posts are in the works! If you have a great idea for a list, let us know as well.

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Never heard of em! You're welcome to add them to our site database if you feel they'd fit Smile

A band I didn't see listed that absolutely should be is Circuit of Suns. They just came out with their debut in March, and I don't see them on the site at all. But anyone seeing this list should absolutely go check them out immediately.

They've got a more diverse sound than most of the bands on this list, but Danza-esque dissonance is surely the backbone. Mixed with a nice dose of atmospheric interludes and Candiria style vocals and drums. Fairly noticeable Car Bomb influence as well. The singer did a guest appearance on "Blood Red Shift"

True, it's a wholly different style though Smile I think we're keeping that one for a later post Wink

Great list, I'm listening to many of these, al familiar names that I never quite checked out properly and I'm finding myself pleasantly surprised.
Had I been a bit more active though, I would have definitely put up Nemertines for your consideration, the man is a master of dissonance and tension.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x8ozUaEBs8

Josh Travis! First time I heard Danza I thought they had 3 guitarists...nope just one. Josh TRAVIS!