In The Absence Of Truth

  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2006
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Uncut
    40
    The lurch towards conventionality has exposed Isis' limitations: their paucity of melodic ideas, the pompous drumming, the lack of wit or soul. [Jan 2007, p.100]
  2. Q Magazine
    40
    It's a powerful formula, but one the band perfected with their 2002 album Oceanic. [Dec 2006, p.141]
  3. Spin
    50
    Truth subverts metal's natural will to power with dreamy, ambient passages that are never as sublime as the band clearly thinks they are. [Dec 2006, p.98]
  4. Every strong point is matched by a weaker one, but there is never an extremity of either.
  5. Alas, it feels like In the Absence of Truth finds the band both spinning its wheels and running out of ideas.
  6. In the process of adding new facets to their sound, Truth winds up reinforcing self-imposed limitations.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Oct 14, 2015
    10
    If you don't like this album, you have no taste in music. And this is AFTER their incredible vocalist is brought to trial. Seriously, thisIf you don't like this album, you have no taste in music. And this is AFTER their incredible vocalist is brought to trial. Seriously, this album is the bridge between perceiving **** "screamo" and actual talent. Full Review »
  2. ChampiodiPi
    Jul 14, 2009
    1
    Formulaic, tired, trite, boring, soulless, stargazing pretentious tommyrot. Unnecessary, redundant. Isis flog a dead horse which committed Formulaic, tired, trite, boring, soulless, stargazing pretentious tommyrot. Unnecessary, redundant. Isis flog a dead horse which committed suicide after their only slightly less awful début Oceanic and this is BEFORE their God awful vocalist is brought to trial. Full Review »
  3. EricC
    Aug 25, 2008
    7
    The album advances and reveals itself at a slower-than-sludge pace, making it one of those rare metal albums that seeks to reward patience. The album advances and reveals itself at a slower-than-sludge pace, making it one of those rare metal albums that seeks to reward patience. It has it's share of satisfying moments, but rarely ventures in to breath-taking territory. It's an impressive album, but it could have been more. Full Review »