Time To Burn
Is.Land


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
March 27th, 2009 | 186 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Distant and bleak, a perfect musical realisation of a bitter outlook on a bitter world.

Before listening to Is.Land, you should prepare in several ways. Firstly, get rid of all happy thoughts, Time To Burn will destroy them completely otherwise. Next, set fire to something in the room and rip down all the wallpaper – it helps with the atmosphere. You could also try murdering an ex-girlfriend/wife of your choosing to put yourself in the right frame of mind, though that is optional. Lastly, and most importantly, turn the volume up and hold on tight, because Is.Land is a fucking huge, crushing entity, and is just about ready to destroy your frame of mind.

That last statement comes off as slightly hyperbolic, but when listening to Is.Land it’s a pretty good description. First and foremost, Time To Burn are absolutely crushing without a doubt, there’s no other way to go about it. Their post metal / hardcore / screamo / whatever the hell you want to call it pretty much destroys most other contemporary music out there in terms of sheer heaviness (not to be confused with ‘brutality’). While the music might not be as technically crazy or the vocals as gutturally demonic as a brutal death metal band, Time To Burn’s sound is full of grit and atmosphere, which coupled with the crazed and enraged shrieking and the paranoid insubstantial half whispers gives Is.Land a constantly choking and unrelentingly oppressing atmosphere.

The first few moments of the album hint at an all of this like the prelude to an oncoming storm, with distant dissonant guitar lines that only give a glimpse of what is to come. Soon after, huge (and I mean really huge) riffs are introduced, distorting the noise around them (including the screams of the singer) and bringing everything to a breathtaking climax within the first two minutes. After this, ‘Nayeli’ simply continues the onslaught, as does every other song on the album. But Time To Burn don’t keep to one tempo or style, throughout the fourty minute playing time of Is.Land Time To Burn pace things, slowing it down at times with doom like riffs, or ambient post-metal build ups, either slow and powerful or quiet and menacing, never relenting on the paranoid and bitter ambience that surrounds the release.

In essence, Time To Burn have crafted an almost perfect realisation of an utterly bitter and bleak outlook on life. Is.Land’s greatest victory is the feeling it instils in the listener, that of constant foreboding menace and dread, it chokes and it chokes until the final chapter finally relents for a brief moment, eventually leaving you numb - and that's the feeling that makes you come back again and again.



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Crimson
March 27th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reasonably happy with this i guess

SKUDstorm
March 27th 2009


136 Comments


This sounds like it would be quite amazing, I'll look into this. Good review.

DoctorNurse
March 27th 2009


475 Comments


Good Review, but.

either slow and powerful and quiet and menacing


shouldn't it be powerful OR quiet?

Crimson
March 27th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yup, cheers

DoctorNurse
March 27th 2009


475 Comments


Nice, voted. Checked Emma Peel on their myspace, rather gloomy. Not sure if I liked it or not.

Wizard
March 27th 2009


19641 Comments


Your last few reviewed albums have been nothing but win Crimson. Really liking the sounds of this.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

BallsToTheWall
March 27th 2009


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Post metal much big guy? I don't particuarly enjoy the sub-genre minus Neurosis, the latest Enslaved album, and now Isis but nice review anyways.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Essence
March 28th 2009


3595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well it's by Crim, I have to check it out


woaaaaah that is a fuckton of distortionThis Message Edited On 03.28.09

jrowa001
March 28th 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good album, nice review like always

DoctorNurse
March 28th 2009


475 Comments


Oh yeh just noticed, congrats on the 50th review.

fireaboveicebelow
March 28th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was wondering when this would pop up, good job

KYZAR
March 28th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy crap... this is a massive wall of sound. wow.

Crimson
March 29th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Post metal much big guy? I don't particuarly enjoy the sub-genre minus Neurosis, the latest Enslaved album, and now Isis but nice review anyways.

its not really your typical post metal at all, it bears a lot of similarities to hardcore and sludge just as much. you should check some songs out, see if it tickles your fancy

SKUDstorm
March 29th 2009


136 Comments


this is really fucking amazing

Crimson
March 29th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah

Essence
March 30th 2009


3595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Crim you need to find more gems more often :P

Essence
April 3rd 2009


3595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damnit Crim this is fucking amazing

greggerg
August 15th 2009


1 Comments


"Nayeli' video now online !
http://vimeo.com/6087437

witchxrapist
October 17th 2009


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is quite possibly one of the best albums I've ever heard.

Prophet178
November 13th 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album.



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