Metal Review – Isole – Born from Shadows (2011)

Isole - Born from ShadowsThere are very few bands that get me excited when I see their advance land in my inbox. Isole is definitely one of the bands that I am very into. I am a big doom metal fan of at least a few doom bands. First and foremost, you have the mighty Black Sabbath. Of course they were doom. Are you kidding? Of course they were. On a lesser note, would be more recent bands like Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass. There are a few others as well, but Isole shares a lot of similarities with these two bands.

The doom that I am not a fan of is the doom that is so slow that there is nothing to grab a hold of while listening to it. It needs to have some type of rhythm that keeps you going.

Of course, the most important characteristic that these bands share is the doom metal vocals. The vocals of all of these bands are perfect to fit the mood of the music that is being blared through your speakers. With Isole, the vocals are definitely no slouch.

As far as Isole’s latest release, Born from Shadows, it has the epic feel that a lot of doom metal has with the epic vocals to match. Born from Shadows sets that perfect doom mood, so if you are into a doom metal mood, you could do much worse than Isole. I am just not getting enough of Born from Shadows.

Blast it.

With their first releases, ISOLE was able to secure an excellent reputation within the doom metal underground. They have now elevated their status even further with their last two albums, “Bliss of Solitude” and “Silent Ruins”. Their current work, “Born from Shadows”, impressively maintains their well-earned position and lays any doubts as to their superiority to rest. The Swedish quartet understands more than any other band how to effectively merge hypnotic melodies with viscous guitar lines. The album’s main focus is undeniably the heavy riffs, but occasional digressions into more aggressive realms, where growls and vicious drumming reign, also find their niche. As such, even the epic tracks remain tantalizing and require one’s complete attention, so as not to miss the fine details of this musical tristesse. The dark euphonious landscapes relate the third part of the “Moonstone Trilogy”, which dates back to the band’s debut. The story of an endless struggle between good and evil couldn’t have found a better soundtrack than that of “Born from Shadows”. The four Swedes guarantee genuine and essential doom metal. Get it now and lose yourself!