Isis - _Celestial_
(Escape Artist, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (
The work of Isis has always been met with critical acclaim, from their _Mosquito Coast_ EP a few years back onto their _Red Sea_ disc for Second Nature last year and up until now. _Celestial_ is a strong statement from a band that thrives on noise, aggression and lack of conformity. The sounds of the new disc pile upon us like a major car crash, burying us beneath a heaping pound of abstract sounds, doomy sludge-like guitars and ample feedback. The music of _Celestial_ is a wake-up call to the power and intensity that Isis has been able to capture on disc ("Glisten" and "Collapse and Crash"), but more noticeably live. The disc rocks from start to finish and Isis don't hold punches. Wallow in pain as Isis torture you to their sounds and visions. Hard to swallow, but worth digesting. Isis leave no weak links on _Celestial_. Are we all ready for Isis? Let's hope so, 'cause I'm pretty sure these boys are still stockpiling emotions for the long haul.
(article published 10/25/2000)
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