ISIS – Panopticon

Recently, I played the post-metal band ISIS’ album Oceanic and LOVED IT. In the comment of the subsequent review, Mr. 1537 himself said that he agreed, Oceanic is great. But Panopticon is better!

Challenge accepted!

It so happened that I already had a copy of Panopticon here and, after 1537’s endorsement, it got bumped up in the listening pile. And am I ever glad I got to this now. WHAT AN AMAZING RECORD! I mean, Oceanic was great, but this one has a slightly different feel to it… the instrumentations are more laid-back, or something. The use of dynamics and the sheer diversity of what they’ve laid down here blew my mind! This came out two years after Oceanic, so maybe the band just grew into this sound even more, or something, I dunno.

It hardly matters what happened, the fact is that this album exists, it fucking ROCKS, and you need to go get yourself a copy.

PS For those interested, a panopticon is this.


Posted on December 4, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I hope you’re not on a CIA or FBI watchlist because of this post!

    I really like what I have heard from these guys. My kinda metal.


  2. Told ya so!

    I love the concept of the panopticon too, a prison in plain view a great metaphor for our society at large.


  3. I did prefer the song you sent from this to the one you sent from Oceanic.


    • YAY! Yeah, I knew Oceanic didn’t grab you, I’m glad the Panopticon stuff was more pleasing! Sending metal to our Heavy Metal Overlord, the Master of Taste in these matters, is always a tricky thing. I just throw caution to the wind and fire away!


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