Isole, "Bliss of Solitude"
Isole are death/doom from Sweden that are something of an odd mix to me. Imagine the usual conventions of old My Dying Bride combined with a wailing guitar that is reminiscent of God Was Created by Vehemence. As I am sure you already figured out this is a long record with seven songs in just under an hour. The drumming is a straight ahead hammerfest that is rather typical of this style of metal, although the kickdrum is a bit too plasticky for my ears. It's not a deal breaker but I don't like the kick drum sound that much. The tempos range from midpaced to slow, doom doesn't need speed. However there are a lighter passages interspersed with the heaviness. I think I prefer those lighter passages more than the crushing doom, although both are pretty good. The vocals are the best part of the album to me as they mix mournful clean passages along with growls that would make Nick Holmes proud. They do a wonderful job of creating the oppressive atmosphere an album like this needs to work properly. The finest track on the song is the sixth one, Dying. I'm tempted to think that this is what dying is actually like, I've never done it so I wouldn't know for sure. The atmosphere, combined with soaring vocals and some really good leads makes for quite the record. I would suggest all you doom freaks check this out. If you're not a doom freak, this isn't a bad place to start.K.Huckins