ISIS – Oceanic
I bought this CD in Toronto on this year’s (3rd) Annual Mike And Aaron Go To Toronto excursion! It’s awesome!
I really was going to write-up every song on this CD, I swear. I had a page all marked out in my cheap-ass dollar store notebook for it, and everything. But about three songs in, I found that my pen was sitting idle and I was drifting off with the music into all sorts of weird places in my brain. Upon this realization, I brought myself back to the present and resolved to focus on the CD at hand. A couple of tracks later, I realized that the music had, once again. taken me off into my imagination. At this point, I understood that this is one of THOSE albums, and I just let go of my grip on the present moment and let myself go with it. It was fantastic.
There were times I thought they sounded like Tool, but then the next track would come along and it’d be totally different. And I’d think I’d hear other bands but then know that no, it wasn’t emulating anyone. It just IS. It’s ancient and immovable, it’s modern and enticing. It’s more than that, besides.
Better reviewers than I have written up this album, so I won’t even try, except to say that this was fucking fantastic. I could listen to this CD all day. Just put it on repeat, let it wash over me. Those riffs and melody lines, the wild vocals, the time changes and mastery of dynamics… this is an iron fist in a velvet glove. This is brilliance.
Wow. Just… wow. I think I paid about $5 for this, and it’s worth waaaaay more than that. I’m so glad I bought this!