Wavering Radiant

  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: May 5, 2009
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. It’s testament to their power that an average Isis album is still pretty good.
  2. If the too-often twinned strands of listener preference can be unwound, hopefully it will be remembered as the most-heard Isis album, not the greatest.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    Only the very dedicated need apply. [Jun 2009, p.119]
  4. Uncut
    60
    Theirs is a sophisticated, finely nuanced sound, lynchpin Aaron Turner's vocals notwithstanding. [Jun 2009, p.88]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    after the atmopsheric sludge that they perfected three albums prior, continuing along that path would have been a sub-par move from a vastlyafter the atmopsheric sludge that they perfected three albums prior, continuing along that path would have been a sub-par move from a vastly superior band. And Isis just can't have that. Apparently, they discovered that subtle nuances can be just as effective as the walls of sound they are accustomed to, and the combination of these two factors make for the most interesting listen yet. Small, "tool-isms" stand alongside the mammoth riffs of Aaron Turner and co.
    Also, Aaron's vocals are spot on throughout all of this record, balancing his shouts with the cleans perfectly.
    The best Isis record ever. What a send off.
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  2. Oct 15, 2015
    9
    An amazing album from the master of Post Metal.
    Following the success of Oceanic and Panopticon, Wavering Radiant takes you to a musical
    An amazing album from the master of Post Metal.
    Following the success of Oceanic and Panopticon, Wavering Radiant takes you to a musical journey that does not disappoints.
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  3. Oct 14, 2015
    10
    When a band's philosophy centres around the same basic premise, one in which they are encouraged to retread and retry, you feel that bandWhen a band's philosophy centres around the same basic premise, one in which they are encouraged to retread and retry, you feel that band should actually retread and retry, and that they truly understand postmodern art. Full Review »