Isis
In the Absence of Truth


4.5
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Review

by monochromatic USER (2 Reviews)
January 19th, 2007 | 8 replies | 2,089 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Isis has made a fantastic album here and in my opinion there best, not everyone will see it this way though.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

I first fell in love with Isis back in the early months of 2005 after reading everybody’s "best of '05" lists and seeing "Isis - Panopticon" popping up quite a lot. So I got the album and was blown away by the sprawling Epic sounds coming from my speakers. I then went out and got there previous albums to find that these guys have been making amazing stuff for quite some time now, Oceanic beeing one of the best album i think I've ever heard.

In October of 2006 Isis released their 4th album "In The Absence of truth.” I got this as soon as it came out and at first I must admit I was let down, it just didn't seem to be the emotional epic classic that there past albums were but I decided to keep giving it ago convincing myself that Isis can not make a less then amazing album. Boy am I glad I did, round about my 10th listen it finally clicked, the melody’s made sense, I found that impact that I got before.

"Absence.." continues the way they where heading with Panopticon, softer more restraint songs all about the atmosphere. Here Aaron Turner sings in a clean voice for pretty much the whole album with occasional bursts of his amazing growl here and there. One of the critic's gripes about Panopticon was that it was a bit predicable, one could sense when the band was about to let go and rip your face off, here Isis tend to tease the listener. Songs build up but then disolve back into a mellow pace only to all of a sudden blow up in your ***ing face now and then. Some people may miss the slow build up and release of much of Panopticon but personally I think this way makes it all that much more interesting.

Songs to mention would be the "Over root and thorn" which is pretty laid back Post-rock track with some amazing singing, the kind of song that seems to need to be turned up as it progresses. "1000 Shards” is a much the same but with some vocal effects which works really well and to my knowledge hasn't been used before by Isis.
The strangely titled instrumental "Firdous E Bareen" starts off with electronic drums which also is a first for Isis, before the real drums kick into a tribal sounding beat accompanied by ambient electronic and guitar sounds, Very spacey track. The album is wrapped up by "Garden Of Light" which is by far the best ending track Isis have done.

Isis has made a fantastic album here and in my opinion there best, not everyone will see it this way though. If you thought “Oceanic” was Isis at there peak you might not agree with me, but I recommend even the people that didn't like “Panopticon” to give this album a good listen. It may take some time and effort to get into but I think most people will agree that it pays off in full.


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Syncratic
January 19th 2007



756 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is my favorite album of all time.

Review is good, a little work with grammar and all that fun stuff, but good nonetheless.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 19th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is my favorite album of all time.

I'm sorry.

Syncratic
January 19th 2007



756 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No need for apologies.

Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

freudianslipknot
January 20th 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I bought this album about a month ago and haven't really listened to it properly. Your review made be put it on. I'll read the other reviews and see how it goes. This is my first Isis.

monochromatic
January 20th 2007



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you liked the review freudianslipknot, Hope you like the album. If you find it a little too mellow, check out there album Oceanic which is much heavyer and aggressive.

Thanks to Syncratic as well. Yeah my grammer isn't the best :P


freudianslipknot
January 20th 2007



803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have listened to this once and I have no clue what I thought of it. Your comment that Oceanic is heavier correctly reads my taste in music - but since I don't own that I'll give this another spin. I think this album/band could grow on me if I give them enough chance.

cbmartinez
January 20th 2007



2525 Comments


Album gets better every time I listen. The first three tracks are crushing and amazing. The second half is a little less memorable, but "Holy Tears" and "Garden Of Light" are breathtaking. My only qualm is that sure, every track has it's high point, but every track has some pretty boring stuff too. But overall, Isis really made a great album with this one, as opposed to their others where I like 3 or 4 of the tracks, and the rest are kind of boring. Like I don't think I would pick a single track on here over "So Did We," "The Beginning And The End," or "False Light." But it's a great album overall.

monochromatic
January 20th 2007



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cbmartinez - I know what you mean, the songs arn't always the best stuff they have made, but as an album it fairs much better then their past albums.

Wish I had of put this in my review :P



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