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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydra Head
  • ASIN: B00008RWXM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Firstly you must be aware that isis are not your average band, they dont sound like todays metal scene which has quite franically gone stale. Its also difficult to place an exact genre on the band as well, many call this genre of music noisecore or progressive metal. Either way if you can open upto this type of music it will throughly reward you with thick textures and grinding atmospheres.
Celestial the second lp and fourth release by isis is utterly hypnotic in its heavyness, the first track celstial is just a starting point that the rest of the album follows, thats not to say that the album lacks variation every song is different, creating new images and provoking thoughts.This is not a recor that relies heavily on lyrics , but more the overall sound of the album.Tracks like deconstructing towers and swarm are based on heavy repitition and huge riffs played continually which only creates a rich atmosphere and polluting piece of music.
It differs from later releases Panoptican and Oceanic in that it seems more simplistic and all together a lot heavier especially in comparison to oceanic but this only seems to add to the overall sound of the album.
Isis are a band that seem capable of almost reinventing their sound with every release but still delivering terrifyingly good results, this is a record to be heard and enjoyed.
Warning this album will take a while to fully blossom but patience will be richly rewarded.....
I recommend this album to fans of neurosis, cult of luna, pelican and maybe fans of more mainstream metal because this is not to be missed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S on 22 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
This Isis style is almost entirely removed from the modern day band. The additional notes even claim the same; "In their early days, Isis were a sludge/post-hardcore band. They later moved on to a more-Neurosis influenced sound and most recently, post rock." Whilst the band has moved on to new pastures, the old stomping ground has still got a lot to offer any newcomer, or existing fan of the band. 2000 was an important year. The millennium bug was meant to strike to devastating affect, but didn't. The world was caught in hysteria over the dawning of a new millennium, but was quickly washed down on New Years Eve by several inebriating spirits and finally, Isis appeared on the sludge scene with their debut `Celestial', ready and waiting to dominate a genre that was only beginning to establish its feet within the metal genre, as a whole, despite being formed many years previous. On first listen, `Celestial' is difficult to digest. The production was the first thing I noticed and I wasn't too keen on it to begin with. As time has gone by, the production has actually become imperative to the overall sound. I've relinquished my short standing morals on production and learned to appreciate its unique input.

If you're entering into this record expecting something similar to the modern day era of the band, you'll probably be disappointed because it does contain a different sound which contrasts drastically to the works of `Panopticon' and `In The Absence Of Truth'. If you're looking for comparisons, I suppose `Oceanic' would factor into the equation. This record and `Oceanic' weren't released too far apart, so its expected that the band would maintain some of the same traits that saw them through the first hurdle of their career.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Brunetti on 24 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The style of Celestial has been much talked, much argued.
It has a straight forward formula and on paper it should typically be Post-Hardcore Punk. After all, it's 2 guitars, bass and drums... with keyboard. It has all the hallmarks of a rock format, but yet it transcends all the labels into something that deeply resonates with power, strength and all-out force but is simulteneously rooted in repetition and drone.
Some say that Black Speed Metal can be considered a drone, and ambient noise. Well this has the same effect, you can feel a part of it and immerse yourself within the waves of noise and feel the palpable power: or you can let it wash over and past.

I listen, I can see the band, hear the chugging monolithic riffs and see Aaron roaring into the microphone. There's no pretence, no drama and no costumes - it's affinity with Hardcore and Punk lies in it's basic set up. Yet, the lyrics, the song titles and the over-all feel all point to something, as the album title dictates, Celestial: out of this earthly realm and into the fantastic heavens.
Within Turners label and on Steve O'Malley's Southern Lord label (and, indeed, within Sunn 0))) ) there are many bands embracing the archaic mysticism, myths and rituals of old civilisations passed. This is all too likely because the drone, the giant resounding drums and crippling riffs all recall a feeling of something bigger than us, something that has only ever been described in folk-tales, eminent myths and archetypal legends.

Sounds pretentious, maybe, but this album is an underground classic
It's called Celestial for a reason. Isis could never reproduce this, but never wanted to. Buy it and then think of civilisation crashing down to it's knees...

Like this?
Invest in Pelican - Australasia, then go watch the crashing waves.
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