Ionic Vision - Bitter Isolation
Old School EBM Ionic Vision has been around since the mid 90's and been featured allot of times in my old netzine Neurozine.com (and some of the reviews are available here at Brutal Resonance as well) and that makes this review kind of hard to write, not because it's bad in any way, more that it's Ionic Vision. They have their sound, their high quality releases and nothing really changed in this latest release called 'Bitter Isolation'.

If you compare 'Bitter Isolation' with one of their earlier releases, say 'Homo Sovieticus' (which still is my absolute favourite album with Ionic Vision) as an example, the later releases are more fine tuned, better mastered and a little less dirty, but they have managed to keep their energy and flow during even though there is 10 years between the releases. Just take a listen to "New Breed" or "Trust" from the new album and you will understand what I mean, hard old-school EBM the way it should be. Unfortunately some of the tracks are a bit slow, like "Sleep", which actually does quite that to you.

Overall it's a good release, like always, and if you liked Ionic Vision during all the years, you will still enjoy it. If Ionic Vision wasn't your cup of tee, well, then you will not like it this time either. Consistency, for good and for worse.
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Brutal Resonance

Ionic Vision - Bitter Isolation

7.0
"Good"
N/A
Electroracle
Released 2009 by Machineries of Joy
Ionic Vision has been around since the mid 90's and been featured allot of times in my old netzine Neurozine.com (and some of the reviews are available here at Brutal Resonance as well) and that makes this review kind of hard to write, not because it's bad in any way, more that it's Ionic Vision. They have their sound, their high quality releases and nothing really changed in this latest release called 'Bitter Isolation'.

If you compare 'Bitter Isolation' with one of their earlier releases, say 'Homo Sovieticus' (which still is my absolute favourite album with Ionic Vision) as an example, the later releases are more fine tuned, better mastered and a little less dirty, but they have managed to keep their energy and flow during even though there is 10 years between the releases. Just take a listen to "New Breed" or "Trust" from the new album and you will understand what I mean, hard old-school EBM the way it should be. Unfortunately some of the tracks are a bit slow, like "Sleep", which actually does quite that to you.

Overall it's a good release, like always, and if you liked Ionic Vision during all the years, you will still enjoy it. If Ionic Vision wasn't your cup of tee, well, then you will not like it this time either. Consistency, for good and for worse.
Aug 07 2009

Patrik Lindström

info@brutalresonance.com
Founder of Brutal Resonance in 2009, founder of Electroracle and founder of ex Promonetics. Used to write a whole lot for Brutal Resonance and have written over 500 reviews. Nowadays, mostly focusing on the website and paving way for our writers.

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