Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance


8.6 | 196 votes |
Release date: 11 November 2011
Style: Psychedelic doom metal, Funeral doom metal

Owners:

187 have it
31 want it


Disc I
01. Abandonment
02. Loss Of Will
03. Cipher
04. Non Being

Disc II
01. Aberration
02. Disconsolate
03. A Torrent Of Ills

The best Extreme Doom Metal album of 2011
Top 20 albums of 2011: 13

Line-up
Mark Bodossian - bass
Greg Chandler - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Joe Fletcher - drums
Jim Nolan - guitar, keyboards
Gordon Bicknell - guitar, keyboards on "Non Being"
Mark Lockett - piano on "Disconsolate", "Loss Of Will", "Aberration"

Additional info
Produced by Esoteric.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler/Esoteric at Priory Recording Studios during May/June 2011.
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
Graphics & layout by Mauro Berchi.

Staff review by
KwonVerge
Rating:
9.0
Being around for almost 20 years, Esoteric never were in a hurry to release as many albums as they could every 1-2 years. For some artists the burden of the aforementioned title is grandiose and they'd never exchange not even a bit of their quality for quantity. Esoteric belong to this group, they always took their time to bring together the main concept of every album and place in the right place at the right time all the ideas and emotions that were overrunning them at the time. And whenever it felt right a new work was coming our way to cleanse the band's world and torment the audience with all this sense of decay, horrid beauty and decomposition of morals transformed into vast fields of devastating soundscapes. So, almost 20 years of existence gave birth to 6 abhorrent children, with the successor to the throne being the newborn Paragon Of Dissonance, from the same septic womb, with the same unearthly stare, but with its very own personality and characteristics.

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published 18.12.2011 | Comments (31)

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09.10.2016 - 13:03
Rating: 10
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Guest on 09.10.2016 at 12:16

The band has gone from great to good for me. I am in the process of devaluating them

*Listeninging again *
As i wrote earlier the vocals are carrying the song. Maybe my equalizer is mixed the wrong way, to me the music sounds a bit light in relation to the vocals. Totally oustanding vocals though. Very good song now that i listen to it again. Maybe this album is a 9 after all

If an album can still surprise you after 51 listens it must be truly special
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And the tears that we will weep today
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By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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09.10.2016 - 14:05
LuciferOfGayness
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Written by Zap on 09.10.2016 at 13:03

Written by Guest on 09.10.2016 at 12:16

The band has gone from great to good for me. I am in the process of devaluating them

*Listeninging again *
As i wrote earlier the vocals are carrying the song. Maybe my equalizer is mixed the wrong way, to me the music sounds a bit light in relation to the vocals. Totally oustanding vocals though. Very good song now that i listen to it again. Maybe this album is a 9 after all

If an album can still surprise you after 51 listens it must be truly special

Thats a good point
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29.05.2017 - 06:50
solar
Was listening to this after my daily swim and then it all came together: why not listen to it WHILE in water? Oh god, that is going to be a phenomenally deep experience. This is the perfect band to listen to when you're in water. And Ahab, certainly.
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17.06.2017 - 03:31
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Just started getting into this album/band. Seems pretty damn good so far.
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21.06.2017 - 01:03
VIG
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Written by solar on 29.05.2017 at 06:50

Was listening to this after my daily swim and then it all came together: why not listen to it WHILE in water? Oh god, that is going to be a phenomenally deep experience. This is the perfect band to listen to when you're in water. And Ahab, certainly.


Sounds cool, but I doubt there would be a way to listen to music in water, unless your in a private pool with loud speakers and no one cares.
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21.06.2017 - 01:04
VIG
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Written by Jaeryd on 17.06.2017 at 03:31

Just started getting into this album/band. Seems pretty damn good so far.


The Maniacal Vale is one of the very best albums of the century
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21.06.2017 - 01:26
solar
Written by Guest on 21.06.2017 at 01:03

Written by solar on 29.05.2017 at 06:50

Was listening to this after my daily swim and then it all came together: why not listen to it WHILE in water? Oh god, that is going to be a phenomenally deep experience. This is the perfect band to listen to when you're in water. And Ahab, certainly.


Sounds cool, but I doubt there would be a way to listen to music in water, unless your in a private pool with loud speakers and no one cares.

Search for waterproof headphones right NOW!
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21.06.2017 - 01:39
VIG
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Written by solar on 21.06.2017 at 01:26

Written by Guest on 21.06.2017 at 01:03

Sounds cool, but I doubt there would be a way to listen to music in water, unless your in a private pool with loud speakers and no one cares.

Search for waterproof headphones right NOW!


Do you mean like this or this?
Kind of interesting idea I guess.

So if you have those, you listened to Esoteric or Ahab under water I assume? Sounds cool. I personally like to swim, but I'm not the best at it.
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21.06.2017 - 01:52
solar
Nah, not too big. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/Swimbuds-Waterproof-Headphones-Underwater-Promotion/dp/B006IF7S92

I don't have them, and neither have I tried listening to Esoteric/Ahab underwater *yet*. Given their fascination with oceans, Ahab (particularly Call of the Wretched Sea) seems quite the appropriate band to listen when underwater. Maybe when scuba diving as well, or something similar.
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20.07.2017 - 17:28
VIG
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Written by Jaeryd on 17.06.2017 at 03:31

Just started getting into this album/band. Seems pretty damn good so far.


Have you heard The Maniacal Vale yet? It's easily their masterpiece, but I'd say this one is almost as good
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20.07.2017 - 18:47
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 20.07.2017 at 17:28

Have you heard The Maniacal Vale yet? It's easily their masterpiece, but I'd say this one is almost as good

I wouldn't say tMV is easily their best, given how phenomenal the band's output is. I've always been of the opinion that The Pernicious Enigma is a close rival for their best.
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20.07.2017 - 19:42
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Alex F on 20.07.2017 at 18:47

I wouldn't say tMV is easily their best, given how phenomenal the band's output is. I've always been of the opinion that The Pernicious Enigma is a close rival for their best.

I agree, but TMV is still their best
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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17.11.2018 - 00:26
Rating: 9
Tyrannical Hero
Classless
WHERE THE FUCK IS THE NEW ALBUM
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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17.11.2018 - 00:36
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Tyrannical Hero on 17.11.2018 at 00:26

WHERE THE FUCK IS THE NEW ALBUM

They said 2019, right?
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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17.11.2018 - 01:31
Rating: 9
Tyrannical Hero
Classless
Written by InnerSelf on 17.11.2018 at 00:36

They said 2019, right?

They didn't say anything :'(
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Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
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17.11.2018 - 11:59
Rating: 10
Zap
Phlegmish
Be patient. MaybeHopefully it's a quadruple album.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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21.11.2019 - 16:00
Alakazam
On an Esoteric roll, Abandomnent's trailing building all falls down ending with an awesome melodic charged release.
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29.12.2020 - 21:38
Stormm
Written by Alakazam on 21.11.2019 at 16:00

On an Esoteric roll, Abandomnent's trailing building all falls down ending with an awesome melodic charged release.

Everytime there's some talking about highlights on this album, people are mostly marking Non Being and Disconsolate. And I understand why. But most bright highlight for me is Abandonment. It starts mostly like another Esoteric song, but build is more and more intense. After that almost like moment of silent before storm and after this eruptive ending! Very good melodic build up and there's even something more. Almost like... Bit of hope. On Esoteric album! It's more only like residues of a dying blurred light, but still... Almost.
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30.12.2020 - 02:48
Alakazam
Written by Stormm on 29.12.2020 at 21:38

Written by Alakazam on 21.11.2019 at 16:00

On an Esoteric roll, Abandomnent's trailing building all falls down ending with an awesome melodic charged release.

Everytime there's some talking about highlights on this album, people are mostly marking Non Being and Disconsolate. And I understand why. But most bright highlight for me is Abandonment. It starts mostly like another Esoteric song, but build is more and more intense. After that almost like moment of silent before storm and after this eruptive ending! Very good melodic build up and there's even something more. Almost like... Bit of hope. On Esoteric album! It's more only like residues of a dying blurred light, but still... Almost.

It's that charging emotion. A supreme, unadulterated, more-likely relatable flavour to us strived for in art that many miss so it's always awesome to see someone else understand. Distincting the individuality from music apart from the rest is what I'm all about that over the usual normie favourite answers but this is Esoteric, where a lot of moments get missed but for me what I always remembered first was the emotioins.

This happened prior with the ending to The Secret Of The Secret and the solo/ vocal crush on A Worthless Dream which also became favourites specifically because of their initial distinction upon hearing. I try to mention this whenever I do my review comments.
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