Isis
Oceanic


5.0
classic

Review

by Luke M. Jenkins (Confessed) USER (81 Reviews)
February 14th, 2017 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A divine album - dark, deep and dense yet always beautiful, something to get lost in time after time.

Bands such as ISIS come few and far between. The majority of people whom have heard of the band will know that they were a force to be reckoned with in the post metal genre, releasing a fantastic array of brilliant, creative and most certainly beautiful albums. Oceanic is often regarded as one of, if not the best that they produced during their career. As far as their discography is concerned, plenty of people will happily note that the band always released quality music. Oceanic is most certainly a beautiful album - however, it is one that is wrapped up in a deep, dark yet highly engaging concept. I won't delve into the concept too much as I'm sure you, or any listener, would like to discover the hidden depths of such an album for themselves.

The album opens up with quite possibly the highlight of the album in the form of The Beginning and the End. As with most of the band's music, everything is built in layers of sound - the conglomerate of instruments focus on providing a deep sense of driving rhythm mixed with intricate melody. Aaron Turner's vocals are of course at the forefront of this aural assault - his pained yells and roars suit the atmosphere of the music very well. The Other continues in the same vein, providing the listener with build ups and climaxes that manoeuvre through various waves of emotionally powerful sounds. In other words, as with pretty much everything the band produced, the music created has a certain quality that hooks the listener in and keeps them listening. Songs are lengthy yet never overwhelming. Through using a superb array of different musical techniques, ISIS keep the listener interested in everything they hear, from the density of the sound created, to the atmospheres and general feel of each song. Other album highlights include the breath-taking Carry and instrumental powerhouse Weight. The latter features some great female vocals and is masterful mix of build up and beauty. It has to be said that Weight is probably one of the best songs the band ever made and to those wanting a taste of what the band were capable of should listen to this.

As with most concept albums, replay value is often key to uncovering the essence of what the band were trying to convey whilst writing it. As I said before, I won't divulge what the concept is in this review but it is well worth looking into if you want to experience the full breadth of beauty and marvel that the music invokes in the listener. Whilst the band may not be with us anymore, at least fans (new and old alike) can appreciate the excellence and wonder that ISIS managed to inject into the post metal scene with albums such as this. Even though Oceanic is perhaps not as accessible as some of the bands later releases, it is undoubtedly a huge work of art that is well worth getting your teeth into if you are a fan of dense yet intelligent heavy music. As the album name suggests, it is something to get lost in, swim through, discover and most certainly bathe in. Enjoyable in almost every regard, Oceanic is an incredible album that demands your attention. One of the best albums in the genre.



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Thealwaysopenedmind
February 14th 2017


559 Comments


A good review, but I couldn't help but feel that there could have been more said, especially for a 5 review. Pos, still.

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parksungjoon
February 14th 2017


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oath

kingdedethefifth
February 16th 2017


972 Comments


Definitely a solid review, maybe it's about time I listen to Isis. People worship the ground they walk on lol and i've been on this site long enough, eventually there isn't an option.

Relinquished
February 16th 2017


34671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they're alright

EphemeralEternity
February 16th 2017


1224 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good to see another 5

review is solid for the most part though slightly awkwardly worded and superficial

I realize you deliberately chose to eschew expounding the concept of the album but I feel there are too many surface statements and overall sorta comes across as inadvertently cursory. I actually enjoy reading other peoples interpretations of concepts and themes in music especially when they're convoluted and quite ambiguous as they are with this one.

So yeah decent review but doesn't quite dissect the elements of the album in enough detail imo

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parksungjoon
February 16th 2017


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

king dede do it bro



i cant in good conscience rate them above neurosis and cult of luna simply cuz they dont have as many albums, but the quality level is the same

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
February 16th 2017


2301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think quality-wise Isis are probably better. Imo they're second to none when it comes to how well they structure their songs

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parksungjoon
February 16th 2017


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i mean ill take panopticon over any other postmetal but ill also take most neurosis and most CoL over celestial and absence of truth

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
February 16th 2017


2301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed yeah

loneNLwolf
February 16th 2017


153 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is definitely a solid 5

SIIMBOLIC
February 17th 2017


704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm glad you agree with your own rating?



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