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Experimental/Post Metal

4.02 | 202 ratings

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La fraisne
5 stars Perhaps Isis' best album, Wavering Radiant finds them more tuneful than ever before, more accessible than ever before, and they benefit from it a great deal. Isis have never sounded as poppy as they do on Ghost Key, for instance, although the brutality of their previous albums is still very much in evidence, as Stone to wake a serpent demonstrates. Wavering Radiant actually features what can be considered hooks, which, although it might seem anathema to Post-metal as a genre, works beautifully. This is one of the prettiest post-metal albums I have ever heard. A lot of all of this is due to the fact that the guitars are way, way lower in the mix than they were back in the Panopticon days, not only are the vocals very audible, but (and this is really what makes Wavering radiant sound so different from what has come before) the synths are finally given room to breathe, and it adds a lot more variety in the sound of this album than one would normally expect from Isis. Overall what defines this album as album of the year so far is the consistency across its length; every track is excellent, and none feel over-long, unlike on In the Absence of Truth. Highly, highly recommended.
La fraisne | 5/5 |


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