Foxes and Iselia
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 13th, 2012 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Teamwork

Splits are always a bit more tricky to do a write up on. Not only are we often given only a bite sized portion of each band, but their individual motives and operations usually vary to differing extremes based off of the backstory of each band involved. That being said, there are some surprising moments when this gets thrown out of the window and it's not just two bands shoving out b-sides or covers that got left on the cutting room floor during the recording of their last album. The Foxes/Iselia split is one of these cases. Following a central theme of depression and longing through the eyes of a man on his last gasp, both bands offer up their takes in a musical game of madlibs that works out surprisingly well. Can you say, "Concept Split?"

Hailing from Australia, Foxes take on the recent revivalist screamo upswing shares equal inspiration with the more progressive leaning side of the last decade of the post-hardcore scene. Their song structures and instrumentation leaning heavily into mid-era Circa Survive and Closure in Moscow territory, only with more of a rugged and emotional bite. This is especially noticeable in the thirteen minute long "Withered Eyes Through a Fractured Pane" which twists and turns through a landscape of jumping guitar effects and off kilter drumming. Their drawl to scream vocals keep equal pace as it explodes into a Mars Volta-esque jam that while enjoyable, wears its influences a little too close to its sleave, as during its most frenetic moments it has you thinking "Man, I haven't listened to "De-Loused in the Comatorium" in a while, maybe when this is over I should totally do that". All things considered, though, the Foxes side is a roller coaster of a listen.

Iselia on the other hand take a more direct approach, leaning on post-rock structuring and building epics to deliver their thrills. In the time since the release of their debut LP "Life From Dead Limbs" last year, they have found new voices at the vocal helm in the form of their guitarists. This has resulted in more vocal trade offs and a welcome splash of diversity in their tried and true sound. The effects are instantly noticeable. "Revenant"'s call and response tactics propel the song until it bursts open for its final third in a triumph wall of warm guitars and anguished screams. The emotional crux of Iselia's side lies in "Collective". From the get go it starts out aggressively, and only tightens the tension until it releases into a beautiful piano driven lull only to break back into heavy cadences.

Overall the Foxes/Iselia split represents each band at their peak. It is an engrossing and captivating listen that is sure to propel the two upstarts even further in their prospective careers. If only Andrew Bynum knew teamwork like this, maybe he'd still be playing in LA.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


17213 Comments


aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm done.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


18461 Comments


welcome back

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


17213 Comments


I said this was the last thing I was going to review. I'm done at 150. I agreed to do this 2 months
ago before I put in about potential emeritus status.


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


18461 Comments


ok

HenchmanOfSanta
August 13th 2012


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't understand why the Sixers would get rid of Iguodala for Bynum. I realize they didn't have a legit big man and Bynum is younger but Iguodala was really their centerpiece.

Knott-
Emeritus
August 13th 2012


10195 Comments


haha ending your sputnik career with a basketball analogy

Tyrael
August 13th 2012


20876 Comments


Dammit Adam who will be sputnik's biggest and most annoying resident hipster lord now

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D41V30N
August 13th 2012


949 Comments


You write some hell of a good reviews. Just sayin'.

chambered49
August 13th 2012


1727 Comments


ughh im gonna miss u mr thomas :[ but these bands and this album are severely overrated!

StagnantWords
August 13th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty disappointing imo. Iselia threw the spund that made them special in favor of a stale sound currently utilized in hundreds upon hundreds of bands in the genre. I have yet to listen to the foxes side though

StagnantWords
August 13th 2012


318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Despite being a celtics fan, the lakers were better with bynum, two egos clash with kobe the rapist and dwight howard, alongside a very aged and statistically declining steve nash (if you watched suns games last year, he is no doubt getting much sloppier), metta atomic bomb will be out all year due to suspension (speculation) and with howard, gasol will be ignored and eventually traded for bench players. Just my opinion though.

Ire
August 13th 2012


41770 Comments


getting a front page comment in an adam thomas review

gonna miss these days :' (

jayfatha
August 13th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You ended on a rad review for a rad release that's for sure

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


15976 Comments


As Knott said, great way to end things with that thing about Bynum lol.

If this is truly your last review, you will be greatly missed.

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 13th 2012


10593 Comments


You will be missed man, don't be a stranger.

RosaParks
August 14th 2012


14901 Comments


bet this rules

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012


230 Comments


bet this sucks

RosaParks
August 14th 2012


14901 Comments


agreed

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2012


18461 Comments


shut up

RosaParks
August 14th 2012


14901 Comments


like your avatar buddy



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