Sunday Soundcheck: Set 045

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This week...


Wavering Radiant - 2009

In The Absence Of Truth - 2006

Panopticon - 2004

Oceanic - 2002

SGNL>05 - 2001

Celestial - 2000

Origin Point:
United States

Sounds Like:
Post Metal, Atmospheric Sludge, Drone, Ambient, Hardcore, Post Rock, Experimental, Progressive

ISIS. 'nough said.

Beginning in the late 1990s as something of a Neurosis-derived post-metal/hardcore band, they made their breakthrough in 2000 with Celestial, a crushingly beautiful monolithic wall of sound that came to define a genre for the next decade. Thereafter, their sound can be split into three distinct evolutions; the blindingly heavy and doom-laden first phase which comes to a cacophonous close with SGNL>05, the hypnotic post-metal signature-sound that dominates their next two releases, and the increasingly melodic and halcyon aesthetic of their last two albums, which also feature a modicum of clean vocal use.

All of it is essential listening; personally, Panopticon is their highlight but that is a rather arbitrary choice made on the basis that it's the first album of theirs that I heard, and it's also the one that I've listened to most in the years since. The blend of sludge and hauntingly melodic instrumental passages takes the listener on quite the journey throughout the hour run-time.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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ParallelDeviant's avatar
It's not the usual kind of music I listen to (It must be my age) - However I did take you up on the suggestion and listened to Panopticon - And Liked it :nod:  Again thanks for sharing!!!