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A metal standpoint...,
This review is from: Oceanic (Audio CD)
Having been a big fan of 'Celestial', I was quite surprised to hear how the Isis sound had changed on Oceanic. Earlier material, up to and including 'Celestial', had been unremitting in its attack, but Oceanic seems to have been a record a little more from the heart this time, with more melody and clean sections than you might expect from a downtuned metal band.
Artwork and music combine effortlessly to create the intended mood, and the production, with Matt Bayles (Mastodon/Botch etc) at the controls, really lends itself to the overall mood. This overall excellence is par for the course with this band. Opener 'The beginning and the end' smoulders after a brutal opening and develops into a thing of real beauty. 'False light' is the nearest to older Isis material, whilst other highlights include the the crescendo and climax of 'Carry' and the slowburning 10 minuter 'Weight'. Most of the songs exceed the six minute mark, a good thing for the cohesive nature of the record.
Many have compared Isis to Neurosis, which was initially a valid tag, but I think with every release, Isis are forging their own niche, and this album is a very important one in the metal genre. A thinking man's metal album if you will...