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Review: Isolation - A Prayer for the World to End
A Prayer for the World to End

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 17:49
Tracks: 2
Genre: Doom/Black

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 18, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
A Prayer for the World to End

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Isolation are a relatively new band to be forged from the Teutonic nation of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, forming in 2004 and releasing two demos in 2006, with this being the second of the two. The first demo 'Striding on the Path of Nihil' gained the band some integrity amongst the underground, and being limited to 50 copies, it sold out quickly. A Prayer for the World to End was released in December 2006, and for a second demo it's really strikingly proficient (not to mention professional with its printed inlays and disc, it puts some of the supposedly 'certified' underground labels' releases to shame seeing that this is a self released demo).

The two tracks border on 20 minutes, each brimming with atmosphere and a convincing ability to draw the listener in to the early Bethlehem worshipping soundscapes that this demo is littered with, replete with melancholic guitar driven melody and cavernous ethereality . Also worth a mention is the fair chunk of Silencer-esque prime lunacy offered up, courtesy of the extremely tortured high pitch agonizing screams, which at times border on those heard on Fleurety's 'A Darker Shade of Evil' EP (after which Alexander Nordgaren actually damaged his vocal chords, ending his career as a vocalist). Trudging and dark for the most part, but upping the tempo occasionally to add further strings to the band's bow (although there is a large nod toward doom in Isolation's music, they most definitely have their foundations in black metal, more so than, say for example Nortt). Isolation certainly have a good thing going on here, and I can fully recommend this for any fan of the more doomier, darker and eerie side of metal, and I for one will be watching the band's future development intently.

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