Isolation
Isolation


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 26th, 2008 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It could have been good.

Black/doom is an interesting concept; from the outset, one would imagine such a fusion of genres to be limitless in depth and appeal. The reality of the situation though, is that almost every band you will hear who claim to be of both a black and doom metal camp will be shit. It just seems to be that nobody can get the formula right; certain positive aspects sometimes do come to light, but are brought down by other very negative aspects, or the band avoids this completely by surrounding themselves in blandness. Isolation, one such black/doom band from Germany, is a prime example. This self titled album is a compilation of their A Prayer for the World to End demo and their Hier am Ende der Welt EP.

The first thing to note about Isolation is that is rather well composed. Tremolo picked riffing that shapes the mood from despairing to misanthropic, absolutely beautiful acoustic passages and a cohesive union between the two, Isolation was not disappointing in the least from a musical perspective. I’ll concede that certain guitar lines resembled a sped up Care Bears song, but this was infrequent. Ultimately, the album maintains a position of musical consistency. From the thin, typical black metal tremoloing of ‘Hier am Ende der Welt’ to the heavy riffing of ‘The Nameless and the Unnamable’, it remains diverse and very introspective.

Nevertheless, every silver lining has a rasputin. As much as the album is successful in an instrumental regard, it will never be appealing due to its absolutely terrible vocals. From the very beginning of the ‘Quiet These Colours Will Fade’, Johannes Schmid shows us how his high pitched howling can totally ruin what would have been a decent album. Asides from the fact that his screaming sounds utterly ridiculous, a lot of his growls are very amateurish; when he’s not replicating a twelve year old Japanese girl on helium, he sounds like some basement dwelling loser attempting to make his own black metal records. To give Isolation some credit, the spoken word on the second half of ‘Abschied’ works very well, ‘Abschied’ being perhaps the best overall song on the album, not only for its smooth clean passages but also because of the absence of shitty vocals.

I really wanted to like Isolation; my talk about ‘not getting the formula right’ only applies to an extent. Isolation have made reasonable success in getting a balance between the two genres, more so than I’ve recently heard, but unfortunately, as I also said, completely ruined it by a terrible vocal performance. Just stick with Forgotten Tomb.



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rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


A quick write up.

BallsToTheWall
November 26th 2008


44805 Comments


Another day, another Rasputin review. You sick beast. Sounds bad but I need to hear the new Nortt album for further interest in black/doom.

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


There's another black/doom album I'll be reviewing soon, with the vocalist of Inborn Suffering, and from the one shoddy listen I've had, it seems pretty good. We'll see how it goes.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


16504 Comments


Nice review, I think you basically said everything there is to say about this album while keeping it brief. Sounds pretty crappy, I'll steer clear.

@Balls- I have a Nortt album in my iTunes library, I totally forgot when or why I downloaded it and I don't remember if it was good or not. It's quite strange.

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


I have a Nortt album in my iTunes as well (Gudsforladt), and I haven't listened to it yet.

SnackaryBinx
November 26th 2008


2309 Comments


i don't like black metal

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


16504 Comments


I have a Nortt album in my iTunes as well (Gudsforladt), and I haven't listened to it yet.

That's the one I have. I just listened to a random song and realized why I didn't remember it: it wasn't that good.

On a side note, Rasputin, that Empyrium album is amazing.This Message Edited On 11.26.08

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


realized why I didn't remember it: it wasn't that good.

same story with me, I listened to like half of it and turned it off.
On a side note, Rasputin, that Empyrium album is amazing.

yeah, I'm listening to their earlier A Wintersunset, symphonic/folk/doom, it's quite good, will probably listen to Weiland in a little while.
i don't like black metal

then you will never be elite

foreverendeared
November 26th 2008


14678 Comments


so the musicianship is really good and diverse, but the vocals alone bring this down to a 2.5? These vocals must be horrid. i gotta check them out
EDIT: oh and great review!This Message Edited On 11.26.08

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


Well, say the vocals weren't shit, this wouldn't get more than a 3.5 anyway. But the vocals are really bad, to the point where it's ridiculous.

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 26th 2008


3742 Comments


how can you not like black metal

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


snackary

sometimes
not
allthat
cool
koz
aryanblackmetal
reallyisn'tsomethingthatI
yearn for

true story of how snackary got his usernmae

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2008


16504 Comments


^
i lol'ed

foreverendeared
November 26th 2008


14678 Comments


listening to their myspace songs and yeah, i completely see what you're saying. I don't dislike the vocals as much as you seem to, but they definitely bring the whole band down. It's as though he's desperately trying to sound like Varg but coming up desperately short

SnackaryBinx
November 26th 2008


2309 Comments


someone's high

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


dude I woke up like an hour and a half ago I'm not high

listening to their myspace songs and yeah, i completely see what you're saying. I don't dislike the vocals as much as you seem to, but they definitely bring the whole band down. It's as though he's desperately trying to sound like Varg but coming up desperately short

yeah pretty much

SnackaryBinx
November 26th 2008


2309 Comments


way to not wake and bake.

rasputin
November 26th 2008


14555 Comments


getting high is illegal man i would never do that shit

SnackaryBinx
November 26th 2008


2309 Comments


lol, pussy.

bastard
November 26th 2008


3435 Comments


not BREAKIN THE LAW



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