Isole
Silent Ruins


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a welcome return to form by Swedish doomsters Isole.

Isole’s third full length Bliss of Solitude, released last year, was a perfect example of the mediocrity which can often pervade the traditional doom genre. It’s something that plagues any sort of music, but in particular styles, such as doom, there isn’t much of a critical area in which subjectivity flows rampant; dullness and standard composition can be immediately identified and severely hamper a band’s progress. This was the case for Bliss of Solitude, but it goes to show Isole’s determination as a band when they are able to rise up from such a low and come back with something well made, more specifically their fourth album, Silent Ruins.

With the album, Isole have injected something of an excitable energy into their music; it’s instantly appealing, and without making any objective statements about its longevity, is an album that doesn’t become uninteresting quickly. This is due in part to the variation of the album’s mood; although generally falling under such feelings as somber, melancholic or vividly depressing, Isole do not dwell on the same ideas constantly, making huge amounts of headway in dulling the blade of repetitiveness, something that was not so well handled on Bliss of Solitude.

Nevertheless, not even this newfound vigour can completely extricate Isole from past habits; opener ‘From the Dark’ is too long for its own good, and some sections of the album noticeably pale alongside the better tracks. Still, it is a huge step up for Isole and basically returns the band to the former strength they attained with their debut Forevermore.

Although it does well to introduce the energetic stylings of the album, ‘From the Dark’ quickly stagnates and it’s fortunate that the band delivers the two punch combo of ‘Forlorn’ and ‘Nightfall’ immediately after. ‘Forlorn’ is characterized by its slight Middle Eastern flavour, and driven by a flooring flurry of drumming. ‘Nightfall’ is probably the best song on the album; it shows off Daniel Bryntse’s high range, and has a fantastically melancholic chorus which is instantly likeable.

The album’s strength lies in its shorter songs that sit between the two longer tracks, and this is something which Isole will hopefully take note of with future releases. Attempts at sounding ‘epic’ by needlessly lengthening the tracks are ultimately to the album’s disadvantage, and Silent Ruins, particularly the first and last tracks, goes to show how well Isole could do with a little less room for stagnation. ‘Hollow Shrine’ and ‘Soulscarred’ continue on with the solidity of the preceding two tracks; the former has an outstanding intro which weaves in and out of the song to great effect, while the latter is a slow burning, climactic song that ends in a spectacular fashion.

One of the main forces behind Silent Ruins’ appeal is its inventiveness; asides from its collection of catchy and engaging riffage, Isole make sure to deliver well placed and thoughtful solos, shreddy in nature but not at all wanky. Bryntse’s vocals, although being thoroughly well performed, are hugely complemented by the occasional instances of gutturals which come as a huge surprise and work superbly with the album’s overall sound.

As a traditional doom album, Silent Ruins is not anything remarkable. Obviously it hardly matches up to earlier greats, and even in regard to some of the bands associated with the doom revival, such as Doomshine, Isole are somewhat lacking in delivering that complete satisfaction one looks for in such an album. Without a doubt, the mid section of the album is fantastic, but the album’s reliance on simply four songs cannot be overlooked. Silent Ruins is a fun album; one would be hard pressed to find too many things that are wrong with it without getting nitpicky, but seeing as it is the job of this review to be nitpicky, its faults must be announced. At the very least, it’s a hopeful image to see Isole back on track with their music.



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rasputin
March 3rd 2009


14555 Comments


resubmit

jingledeath
March 3rd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still excellent

OllieS
March 3rd 2009


2037 Comments


energetic doom

charlesfishtitz
March 3rd 2009


784 Comments


it aint no pizza doom

Wizard
March 3rd 2009


19644 Comments


Why won't the mods resubmit my reviews? I've given them the caches from google. Oh well...

Band rules, I just need to purchase this.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Willie
Moderator
March 3rd 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are they resubmitting the reviews or only returning the comments to them after you repost them? I'm pretty sure they're only returning the comments after you resubmit the reviews yourself.This Message Edited On 03.03.09

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Willie
Moderator
March 10th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I somehow ended up with a promo copy and get that annoying message every few minutes reminding you of what you're actually listening to.
You "somehow" ended up with a promo copy? By any chance did the copy you acquire cost you absolutely nothing? Possibly through some random third-party site with no legal association to the band or label???

Willie
Moderator
March 10th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm pretty positive you didn't upload it. I was just giving you shit because of the word "somehow" in that other post. It just made me laugh is all. Hey, if that annoying message pisses you off, I've heard a rumor that the version that actually costs money doesn't include that message. ;)

Willie
Moderator
March 10th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wasn't trying to be an asshole or even serious, but you seem to be becoming butthurt very fast. I guess those promo messsages are more irritating than I thought.

gaslightanthem
March 10th 2009


5209 Comments


hey willie your meat makes my butt hurt

jingledeath
March 10th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"You are listening to the new Isole album, Silent Ruins Redemption Part 1" ugh that's still stuck in my head, makes me want to strangle that bitch

Willie
Moderator
March 10th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey willie your meat makes my butt hurt
At least someone appreciates me...
Dude you're alright I'm just very sarcastic most of the time. It's all good.
Alright. Hard to tell over the net.

rasputin
March 11th 2009


14555 Comments


"You are listening to the new Isole album, Silent Ruins Redemption Part 1" ugh that's still stuck in my head, makes me want to strangle that bitch

Swedish accents are so annoying, especially one as strong as hers.

jingledeath
March 12th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuel to the fire

fireaboveicebelow
April 30th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

From The Dark and Peccatum are great, other than that I hope this grows on me

Willie
Moderator
May 15th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had to lower my rating. After multiple listens only the first three songs have stayed interesting.

rasputin
May 15th 2009


14555 Comments


yeah it doesn't have much longevity

fireaboveicebelow
May 15th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is it just me or do you tend to lower your rating after you submit the review?

rasputin
May 15th 2009


14555 Comments


sometimes i do but i had this as a 3 from the very beginning



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