1. Wrist Of Kings 2. Not In Rivers, But In Drops 3. Dulcinea 4. Over Root And Thorn 5. 1000 Shards 6. All Out Of Time, All Into Space 7. Holy Tears 8. Firdous E Bareen 9. Garden Of Light
Isis is a truly unique band. In their early days they were a hardcore band, but they soon changed to a more sludge style influenced by the work of another great band, Neurosis. Their first release Celestial was a good album without offering anything special in my opinion. Their next release (Oceanic) is in my opinion their best album and one of the greatest releases of this decade. Panopticon came after Oceanic, showing that the band started heading towards post-metal but without for getting their past. Their new album (In The Absence Of Truth) is similar to their previous album (Panopticon) but it seems like the band is trying to make a fresh start and decides to turn away from its past.
If you are a fan of Isis and you have heard all their albums when you hear In The Absence Of Truth you will be surprised. You will start wondering where is the band that released Oceanic? But the result is awesome. The band was inspired from Neurosis last release (The Eye of Every Storm). So Isis did the same thing that Neurosis has managed to do. They tried to soften their sound but keep the atmosphere that their previous albums had. And they succeeded. The funny thing is that in the past Isis were a really raw band, they had even released a split with Pig Destroyer (magnificent grind band, suggested releases: Prowler in the Yard).
Their metal side has been limited, the guitars sound clearer with exception of some (amazing) distorted riffs. The vocals of Aaron are awesome, his clean vocals are really melodic and unique while his growling skills have been improved since Panopticon. Also the amount of vocals has been increased since their previous albums. The drums are really important to this record, because it’s like they are leading the songs.But that doesn’t mean that the guitars have been limited. The guitars are used more to create the atmosphere in this record.
Something other that is really important is the production of this album. Isis had always clean production but in their previous album it didn’t seem so important. But on their new album the production is helping the music develop and be delivered to the listener. The production was made by the band and Matt Bayles. The last thing that I liked about this album is the artwork, which is really weird.
To sum up: Isis have developed and matured through time. All the albums that they have released are amazing and totally different. I still believe that their best release is Oceanic but I think that this album is great and would be wrong to pass unnoticed. But be careful: This is a unique album and needs you to listen to it carefully.