Isis CD review [Ipecac]

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Isis CD review [Ipecac]
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Jan 17, 2007, 16:04

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ISIS In The Absence of Truth CD

Isis has spawned many imitators over the years, but this hasn't stopped the band's unrelenting operandi from veering too far from its original germ. In The Absence of Truth will delight fans, befuddle newbies, and vindicate haters.

Opener “Wrists of Kings” lays the groundwork, unfolding dramatically and unhurriedly, building to a three-minute crescendo before diving back into a melancholic abyss. The drum sound is typically cavernous and foreboding, and there's a clarity in the overall production that's immediately refreshing. The melodic “1,000 Shards” belies an early New Order influence, with its mournful vocals and spacey chorus effects. Throughout, time signatures change but the pace of the album is much the same, and the dourness the band attempts to convey is nothing if not consistent. In The Absence of Truth is another in a long line of albums for people who hear thunderstorm forecasts and think “road trip!” [Ipecac]

-James Jackson Toth

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