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Review: Isole - Born from Shadows
Born from Shadows

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 55:34
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Born from Shadows

Rated 4.26/5 (85.13%) (39 Votes)

Back in 2006 Isole knocked everybody out with Throne Of Void, which pretty much put finish to the question 'What would Solitude Aeternus sound like if they were good?' That album was the finest classic Doom album in years and still stands as the band's high point. After that, Isole moved into more and more experimental waters, tinkering with songwriting and production in an effort to create their own sound. I thought Bliss of Solitude was a marvelous work, while 2009's Silent Ruins was a major snoozefest and a big step back for this band.

Happily, Born From Shadows sees Isole getting their shit together with an album that harks back to the classic Swedish Doom sound of their earlier works while still embodying the more sprawling and slightly progressive songwriting of their last two. A pretty much perfect balance, this album handily succeeds all around.

I have to give Isole the palm for trying new things and making an effort to be something beyond just another Candlemass/Memento Mori soundalike. But this band does the classic Doom sound so well I am glad to see them give in and get back to it. Born From Shadows is a big, gloomy album filled with Isole's signature riffs and Daniel Bryntse's mournful singing, creating a sound that is like a mix between classic Solstice and Solitude Aeternus – only unlike SA, Isole manage to be consistently riveting. Their compositions build and build the tension inherent in such doomy music, not letting the listener off easily as they guide them through brooding, contemplative soundscapes. There is a slightly more inimical edge to this disc than the last one, and I like that, as it adds the right touch of darkness. A more than worthy album from this very fine band.

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