|Review: Isole - Anesidora|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2023
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: March 3, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Isole have always been good, and even if their output has been uneven, they have hit some very high marks in their career. They may always be chasing after the lightning strike of Throne of Void, but almost everything they have done is at least worth hearing. One of the things I have always appreciated about this band is that they keep experimenting, trying new things with their sound but always remaining within the boundaries of Doom. They refuse to treat the genre as static, and while they could have just spent the years cranking out traditional Swedish Doom, they chose not to do that.
This is a more traditional entry in the Isole discography, being focused on fine melodic Doom riffs and smooth, clean singing. These are some really good riffs, and it is nice to hear Daniel Bryntse just sing rather than trade off with out-of-place harsh vocals (there are some growls on here, but not many). He does sometimes do this thing where he is more yelling than singing, and it doesn't work so well, so I wish he would stop. Here and there this album does drag, especially in the middle section, with the songs not having enough interest to sustain them, but overall this is another strong album from a worthwhile band.
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