The output of Isis, a Los Angeles band often filed under the subcategory of post-metal, upholds a deliberative truce between brute physicality and moody rumination. Wavering Radiant, the group’s impressive new album, satisfies both sides in a way that suggests a balance of prior achievements.
It’s a proper album, in the sense that a divide is made at four of seven, the title track a segue between halves – its makers clearly bear download culture little respect, constructing their latest so that it’s best experienced as a whole, bridging arrangements as vital as the blustering bombast and constitutional inflections of grandly designed standout pieces.
Oct 1, 2010after 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.… Expand
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|Only Run - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah|
|Conversations - Woman's Hour|
|Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic|
|From Parts Unknown - Every Time I Die|
|Yes! - Jason Mraz|
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|Nightclubbing [Deluxe Edition] - Grace Jones|
|Led Zeppelin II [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|First Mind - Nick Mulvey|
|∞ (Infinity) - Yann Tiersen|
|RetroHash - Asher Roth|
|Salad Days - Mac DeMarco|
|Hot Dreams - Timber Timbre|
|Range of Light - S. Carey|
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|Familiars - The Antlers|