Isis and Aereogramme
In The Fishtank 14


3.5
great

Review

by pixiesfanyo USER (118 Reviews)
November 27th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Isis and Aerogramme rely on simple beauty, instead of bombastic power.

“In the Fishtank” is a record series that label Konkurrent has been putting out since 1996. The premise behind it is basically a band, or a group of bands, is given two days of studio time and is in turn suppose to record a record. While, many may not be aware of the project numerous bands have been part of it including, Sonic Youth, Low, and Nomeansno. The latest issue involves post-metal legends Isis and alternative rock nobodies Aereogramme. Where most people are familiar with Isis’s brand of slow paced, crescendo based metal, Aereogramme’s sound is basically a mixing pot of alternative sounds, ranging from intense noise, to soft acoustic ballads. So, when I heard that both bands were going to be writing material for the next “In the Fishtank” I was certainly expecting something great, I wasn’t disappointed.

The album begins with “Low Tide” which mostly resembles an “Oceanic” b-side. The song is plodding and seems like it should be crescendo based, but that epic climax never comes so basically it just sort of drifts along. “Delial” touches on a more aggressive, metal approach and “Stolen” finishes the album off with drifting ambient sounds. Isis and Aereogramme do an excellent job of not just playing each others sound, and instead combine different aspects of their music to create something new. The slow paced nature and atmospheric feel of these tracks certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you are an Isis fan I sincerely recommend this album. In terms of Isis, who I am more familiar with than Aereogramme this album sees them building on a side of their music that hasn’t been seen for many years now. Instead of relying on epic build-ups with this record, Isis and Aereogramme find beauty in subtle repetition.

“In the Fishtank” is a concept that always has a chance to fail. The bands are given a limited amount of time, and are usually paired off with other individuals they aren’t comfortable with. Isis and Aereogramme’s collaboration could have been a sloppy crescendo based mess, but instead it is an album that reflects on the ambient nature of both bands. While it certainly isn’t something incredible, it is a diverse and interesting take on both bands’ sounds and a great distraction from both of the bands’ discographies. With “The Absence of Truth” Isis showed us they could rely on a bombastic post-rock sound, but with “In the Fishtank” they show us they still are able to be just as quiet as always.



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Thor
November 27th 2006


10268 Comments


Nice and short review for a short release. I think I might check this out, as I'm really getting turned onto Isis lately.

Digging: The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Cadaveric
November 27th 2006


152 Comments


Does anyone know what other bands have participated in this type of thing? It's a very interesting concept and I would love to get my hands on this as well as other records in this series if there are any good bands that did this.

pixiesfanyo
November 27th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nomeansno, Guv'ner, Tassilli Players, Snuff, Tortoise+the Ex, June of 44, Low+The Dirty Three, Williard Grant Conspiracy+Telefunk, Sonic Youth+ICP+The Ex, Motorpsycho+Jaga Jazzist Horns, The Black Heart Procession+Solbakken, Karate, Solex+M.A.E.



in order.

TheMisterBungle
November 27th 2006


861 Comments


How long is this album?

SubtleDagger
November 27th 2006


737 Comments


Sonic Youth+ICP+The Ex

That's not Insane Clown Posse by the way
Just so you know

pixiesfanyo
November 27th 2006


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's like thirty minutes long.

omgwtfboogie
November 27th 2006


211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Perfect review for this album, says all that is needed to say.



I thought this one was good, not amazing when compared to Isis' general output. When considering it was a collaboration, though, it's a great showcase of both bands' compatibility.

Kage
November 27th 2006


1172 Comments


I didn't know Tortoise did one of these.

Anyway, I pretty much agree with this review regarding this album.

Cadaveric
November 27th 2006


152 Comments


Oh yeah I forgot to say this was a great review. That one with Sonic Youth looks cool.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 29th 2006


2126 Comments


This is awesome, I was actually thinking of reviewing it.

The Low+Dirty Three one of these is bitchin' as well.

RuNNing/on/HiGh
January 3rd 2007


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"are usually paired off with other individuals they aren’t comfortable with"

The bands actually get to choose who they are going to work with for the day, I think..

burton.and.gas
February 11th 2007


641 Comments


I love most things isis do, I woudl never put them with aerogramme who i reagrd as hopelessly mediocre, but you seem to be an issi fan liek myself so i might check this out if its as good as you say it is

drds89
October 8th 2013


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

would have given it a 4+ if an instrumental only

Dunpeal
January 24th 2014


4174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Low Tide





sooooo goooood

Spacesh1p
November 8th 2015


7668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Low Tide is honestly one of my favorite songs ever. Rest of the split isn't nearly at that level.

Asdfp277
July 31st 2016


19153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i hate this tbh



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