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Isis - ‘Wavering Radiant’

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 4 May 2009 at 16.00

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Credit where it’s due, in the early 2000s Isis offered something new and breathed life into some terminally-overlooked careers...

Credit where it’s due, in the early 2000s Isis offered something new and breathed life into some terminally-overlooked careers. Now, though, the band’s fiercest critics have accused them of stagnation and the underground metal scene is positively glutted with bands peddling a similar line in epic, detuned post-metal, begging the question as to just what they have to offer in 2009. The answer, to a large extent, is more of the same: their familiar mix of juddering, syncopated rhythms and ursine roars are fully intact and the band continues to explore the post-rock territories mapped out since 2002’s ‘Oceanic’, meaning there are no particular surprises or curveballs with which to outfox the baying hoards. The changes, however, are there, just subtle and harder to pinpoint, representing a continued growth in stature and ambition rather than any grand evolutionary leaps forward. At their finest, these represent a fuller, lusher side to the band as exemplified by the use of warm, churchlike organ tones or soaring slide guitar work, suggesting – but for the occasional a href="http://www.toolband.com" target="_blank">Toolish turn for the worse – a band continuing to explore a sound it has made its own rather than one simply resting on its laurels.

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