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ISIS : Oceanic




One of the most promising U.S. sludge bands takes a noticeable turn left, away from its heavier roots. Their previous releases 'Celestial' and 'SGNL>05' were highly diverse clashes of experimental soundscapes and crushing guitar sludge-fests. 'Oceanic' is a more straightforward release that seems to lose most of the band's heaviness in favor of a more dissonant, alternative/hardcore guitar sound, which despite some Neurosis echoes probably owes a lot also to bands such as Sonic Youth and the whole post-rock scene.

The vocals retain a screaming hardcore quality to them, although at times they sound a bit forced and not fully convincing. The whole album has a lot more calmer, subdued instrumental sections where the interplay between delicate guitar sounds dominates. Overall, the guitar hooks are pretty simple and without the bludgeoning heaviness that was ISIS's trademark they don't seem to have as much impact.

This is an interesting CD, but in the end one feels it's missing something, especially when compared to this band's earlier output...the intensity and songwriting is not quite as strong as previously. Not bad, but I expected more.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. Beginning and the End
2. Other
3. False Light
4. Carry
5. [Untitled Track]
6. Maritime
7. Weight
8. From Sinking
9. Hym

Duration : Approx. 65 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Jacek Furmankiewicz
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