Origin: International  
Genres: Progressive Metal
Page online: January 30, 2016
Last update/review: July 30, 2016

Third Ion

Third Ion is a Canadian/American project featuring a couple of ties to two standout Canadian bands in Devin Townsend Band and Into Eternity. On the 2015 debut 13/8 Bit, the quartet plays a form of progressive metal with a fair amount of technical wizardry and relaxed, clear vocals on display. One of the unique aspects of this band is hinted in the album title, that being the use of video-game-like synthesizers (so-called "nintendocore" bands like Horse The Band have dabbled with this effect, though they come from a different angle). These effects don't overwhelm the music, and in fact Third Ion would be a quality band even without them, but they do add a touch of originality. Lyrically the band continues the video game theme along with some science fiction references as well. A solid first outing.

Current Members

Dave Padden

vocals (Annihilator)

Justin Bender

guitars/keyboards (ex-Into Eternity)

Mike Young

bass (ex-Devin Townsend Band)

Aaron Edgar


Former Members/Guests

Tyler Gilbert



13-8 Bit  
  1. 13/8 Bit
  2. Capitol Spill
  3. Zero
  4. Collapse
  5. Particle Displacement Mechanism
  6. The Kineticist
  7. Time Lapse Beta
  8. Van hAlien
  • Tyler Gilbert
  • Justin Bender
  • Mike Young
  • Aaron Edgar

  1. State Of Flux
  2. Cosmic Delusion
  3. Biolith
  4. Status Undetermined
  5. Illogical
  6. Lesson Burned
  7. Temporal Divide
  8. Corpus Solaris
  • Dave Padden
  • Justin Bender
  • Mike Young
  • Aaron Edgar

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