Carpathian
Isolation


3.0
good

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
November 25th, 2008 | 38 replies | 16,142 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Australia's premier 'moshcore' band dicover Joy Division, sign to Deathwish and make a record that is always solid but never excellent.

It's difficult not to be just a little cynical about Isloation, the second full-length from Melbourne's Carpathian. After all, just two years ago with their debut LP Nothing to Lose, they were Australia's premier 'moshcore' band, their sound dominated by breakdowns and the like. So when they surface two years later signed to Deathwish with a new sound highly reminiscent of other Deathwish acts Modern Life is War and Shipwreck A.D., an album (and multiple songs) named after a popular Joy Division song and artwork that looks like it came straight from Factory Records circa 1988, it's understandable for anyone to get a little suspicious. All of that said, perhaps the shift in style is simply to be attributed to the numerous line-up changes the band have gone through over the years, or perhaps it's simply a legitimate reflection of the evolving vision of the band. Whatever the case, a record's legitimacy need only be judged on one thing: the record itself.

On Isolation, Carpathian have taken rather obvious influence from a number of mid-tempo American hardcore acts such as Modern Life is War, Verse, Killing the Dream, etc. This works both for and against them. On one hand, it's a sound that's fresh to Australian hardcore and given the popularity of Carpathian there can be no doubts that Isolation is a record that will influence a large number of bands. On the other hand, Isolation suffers a problem familiar to the majority of Australian hardcore acts; it does little, if anything to distinguish itself from its American counterparts. Additionally, the feeling produced by Isolation is that Carpathian are lacking a special, unique something that exists in all of the bands that they borrow so heavily from. That's not to say that Isloation isn't a well-executed release. There are plenty of hard riffs on offer and the production is superb, blending each instrument perfectly. The songs are well-structured and never drag on too long, with the one exception of the rather pointless middle section of "Seventyk". Vocalist Martin Kirby is more intense than he ever has been and he sounds appropriately pissed-off through the entirety of the record. His lyrics are sincere and moving, if generally unsophisticated and lacking in originality. Highlights on Isolation are non-existent; every song is solid, no song outshadows another and though there are some standout moments in individual songs, they are few.

Whether Carpathian's shift in sound is credible is something that should be decided by the individual listener. What Isolation offers is not, by any means, a groundbreaking release and given the slew of quality hardcore albums released this year, it's not even one of the better releases of the year. It is, however, a solid slab of Modern Life is War styled hardcore that fans of the genre should at least find enjoyable.



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br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 25th 2008


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First review in a long time. Hope it makes some sense.

SnackaryBinx
November 25th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my friend put this on my iPod, alright band.
good review as well man.

rasputin
November 25th 2008


14541 Comments


Never been a fan of these guys. Good review though.

marksellsuswallets
November 25th 2008


4848 Comments


After one listen, I think your summary sums this up purrfectly

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dunno i thought this was great

marksellsuswallets
November 25th 2008


4848 Comments


*generic i dunno it'll probably grow on me comment*

AtavanHalen
November 26th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Where did you hear that Isolation was named after the JD song?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with this review quite often

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 26th 2008


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where did you hear that Isolation was named after the JD song?


Given the artwork, the other song that shares a Joy Divsion title (Ceremony) and the fact that "Permanent" lifts an entire verse from a Joy Divsion song, I felt it a reasonable assumption to make.

AtavanHalen
November 26th 2008


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wow.
I'm almost ashamed to listen to Joy Division now, hahaha

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It isn't that bad jesus

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what a faggot.

Doppelganger
November 26th 2008


3124 Comments


band sucksss

SnackaryBinx
November 26th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm almost ashamed to listen to Joy Division now

I'm ashamed someone actually said that.

Anodyne
November 26th 2008


85 Comments


my friend put this on my ipod

badtaste
November 28th 2008


824 Comments


The first occurrence of 'Isolation' in your review is misspelled.

Nice review anyhow.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2008


44294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good so far. Spirals is tight.


i take it back, this si awesome.This Message Edited On 11.28.08

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

McP3000
November 28th 2008


3941 Comments


i dont like joy division at all

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good thing that has nothing to do with this

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2008


44294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probaly my third favorite hardcore release this year next to Banner and Blacklisted. Album is palin sick. Atavanhalen's score/review/ comparison to Parkway Drive sucks donkey dick. Offense to be taken.This Message Edited On 11.28.08This Message Edited On 11.28.08



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