Isis
Mosquito Control


3.0
good

Review

by profoundword USER (15 Reviews)
December 30th, 2010 | 43 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Raw and Primal, but definitely Isis

This first EP by Post metal heavyweights Isis is a teaser of the huge success and majestic soundscapes they would later create with Oceanic and Panopticon. It sounds more like Isis than you might think.

The most surprising thing about this EP is that it could still be considered Post-metal. I expected there to be more of a dominant hardcore/doom sound and maybe some small hints of how their sound would later evolve, however they sounded far more like the Isis we know now than I expected. While there are clearly still heavy hardcore and doom influences at this early stage in their career, there are some ambient interludes and brooding instrumental sections that, (whilst a bit more polished) are a huge component of their later sound. The sound in some parts is also reminiscent of Through Silver In Blood era Neurosis which is another indication they were dabbling in what would later be crowned Post-metal very early in their career.

Some of the main differences in sound on this compared to their later releases stem from this simply being a more raw and primal recording by a band just finding their feet and exploring their sound. The guitar sound revolves largely around frenetic riffing and it is very abrasive compared to their later releases. There are some of their trademark intertwining, melodic build ups and interludes but not as many as there would be in the future. The vocals are also very raw and there is much less variety than later releases. I’m sure by now you’re picking up on a theme here, this is basically the sound of an embryonic and less refined Isis. All the signs of their colossal sound can be seen here and it is easy to see how they evolved the way they did once given time to develop. A must for serious fans of the band.



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FourSquare20
December 30th 2010


320 Comments


I want to check this out. I'm just kinda hesitant to.

wyankeif1337
December 31st 2010


6739 Comments


Sweet, this needed a review

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 31st 2010


10594 Comments


Going to miss this band.

Burn2Burn
December 31st 2010


2378 Comments


I want to check this out. I'm just kinda hesitant to.


wut?

GhettoIndieshit
December 31st 2010


507 Comments


poison eggs is sweet. It's not a bad EP actually

FourSquare20
December 31st 2010


320 Comments


The older stuff I've heard from Isis just hasn't thrilled me. I don't know if it'd be worth looking into or not.

GhettoIndieshit
December 31st 2010


507 Comments


yeah it's no where near their newer works. It's by no means bad though, it's definitely cool if you wanna check out how they got started. It's definitely different. between a 3 - 3.5 for me

eternium
December 31st 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to this once. Band can do no wrong (except break up).

qwe3
December 31st 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is probably one of their best releases

qwe3
December 31st 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude you have it as a 4 that means its already better than anything but red sea and oceanic

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2010


6097 Comments


Going to miss this band.

Yeah, but it was so brave of them to break up before they got swollen into decay up to the neck.

This band had so much balls.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

qwe3
December 31st 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Yeah, but it was so brave of them to break up before the got swollen into decay up to the neck.
"

that happened with absence of truth

qwe3
December 31st 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its so bad

qwe3
December 31st 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so true, i'd rather listen to a dude who knows how to rap rap then listen to a boring band be boring

maqwep
December 31st 2010


1046 Comments


me 2 bro

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2010


6097 Comments


unfortunately, i have to agree with qwe3 about In the Absence of Truth

Powerban
December 31st 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

poison eggs + hive destruction. yummy.

profoundword
January 1st 2011


239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the feedback guys, appreciated as always. Whilst this could never compare to Oceanic and Panopticon, its still a great listen. Fucking love that main Poison eggs riff

qwe3
January 1st 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is better than panopticon

foreverendeared
January 1st 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is like my fav Isis



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