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Panopticon [CD]

Isis (Rock), Isis, Isis Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ipecac
  • ASIN: B0002Z83KC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. So Did We 7:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Backlit 7:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In Fiction 8:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wills Dislove 6:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Syndic Calls 9:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Altered Course 9:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Grinning Mouths 8:270.99  Buy MP3 

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Beyond Belief 12 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had not heard any ISIS before this album. Ever since I first heard it though, I just can't shut up about how good I think they are. This music is a contradiction to me because it is simultaneously dark and quite pessimistic sounding, but also strangely uplifting at the same time. I have been recommending ISIS to everyone I know with an open mind towards music. This is not just metal for metallers. ISIS create dense soundscapes that are full of texture and nuance. I recently bought the self- titled Pelican album/EP because of the endless comparisons to ISIS and that only furher confirmed how much better than the majority of experimental hardcore bands ISIS are at creating rich, dreamy walls of sound. "So Did We", "In Fiction", "Altered Course" and "Syndic Calls" are the definite highlights for me and I want all four of them played at my funeral.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful.... 18 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
....those wouldn't be your typical words for describing a sludge/metal/hardcore album, but there just arent any others!
I was apprehensive about this release because Oceanic and Celestial are two of the greatest albums of all time (in my humble opinion), how can they possibly match them?
Isis, like Neurosis, are an evolving band; each album is a natural progression from the last. Neurosis have been getting more progressive and folky from the evil churning of earlier albums. Isis have been maturing greatly too; from the adolescent sludge of The Red Sea E.P. evolving into a more sprawling, textured sound as on Oceanic. This is the next logical step for Isis.
Panopticon takes the progressive nature of Oceanic and the beauty of the melodies and multiplies them by 10. But this does scarifice a big chunk of heaviness and Turner's gruff hardcore vocal. Rather than hitting you with a slab of distortion like Celestial, Panopticon builds and swirls into heaviness.
Some of the melodies, especially the way the basslines intersect the guitars, are stunningly beautiful.
To be honest, i prefer the old Isis, Celestial and Oceanic, the new Isis, while still amazingly good seem a bit watered down to me. But that's just me i suppose.
If you like Isis get this now. If you like bands like Mogwai or Godspeed you Black Emperor and wnt something a little heavier, get this now.
In short, its really really good!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 24 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Panopticon is a brilliant album that straddles three disparate strands of musical

genre-the lengthy instrumental sections favoured by Post-Rock acts such as Mogwai,

the experimental guitar sounds used by the more succesful shoegazing acts like

My Bloody Valentine,and also the more experimental metal sounds from bands like

Cult Of Luna or Pelican.Yet despite these and other more obvious influences

(Tool,Slayer)Isis transcend their fandom and emerge as a truly original band

that deserve to be heard.It is worth noting,however,that if you are new to Isis

then it may be advisable to start with Oceanic (which is worth more than 5 stars,if

possible),then buy this & In The Absence Of Truth afterwards (as they are only

worth five stars,stupid though that sounds).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars isis do it again 17 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow! For fan's of isis it was a anxious wait for 'Panopticon' to arrive. All wondered what they could do after the almighty and enchanting 'Oceanic'? Considered by many to be one of the must have alternative/stoner metal albums' Well isis dont belive in creating nothing but a musical masterpiece. Panopticon is one of the most diverse and multi layered albums ever. Isis again show just how they have mastered soundscapes and texture within songs like 'In Fiction' and 'Altered Course', and ascend into battering riffs and drums for 'So Did we'. Panopticon is one of the must own albums for fans of diverse and alternative metal, and one of the best albums ive heard since.... oceanic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, originality overload 15 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm really impressed with this album actually, only just started listening to it today but I can tell it's going to be one of those albums that grows on you with every listening. It's quite melodic and has those heavy moments that every rock/metal lover needs to get the blood flowing. But it builds up to it, softly, climactic, a bit like how Tool or A Perfect Circle or Porcupine Tree compose their songs. I can hear hints of electro influence in there almost, and definitely prog rock, tells a story, you know. Makes me just want to lie in a dark room and listen to its intricacies. Really original; really a solid effort.
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