Just heard this band on the recent Tool tour. Was very intrigued by their sound, and while they didn’t really sound awesome live – given the number of instruments playing at the same time (or perhaps it was the venue) – I kind of figured out what they were trying to do. So I bought the album. I wasn’t dissapointed.
Post-rock, post-metal, whatever you want to call it. I personally think that this is where rock meets metal. So if you like both, they you will like this album. It has clean and death vocals. Song structure is very progression oriented, with each song gradually building around an initial simple melody or tune or riff. They sound a little like Agalloch, with the latter being more metal oriented, but similar concept. People who like ISIS should try Agalloch’s The Mantle.
I really like the first two songs a LOT. I have played them numerous times. The rest of the album is good, but not outstanding – that’s why I’ve given it 4 stars.
As far as the vocals go, if you are a black/ambient metal-head, you won’t understand what people are talking about when they say they are ‘weak’. The guys growling on some tracks and singing clean on others. Granted he’s no classical singer or anything, but vocals here are ‘behind’ the music, and should be viewed as another instrument.
This is definitely a must buy for those people who have listened to a lot of ambient oriented metal and like Tool and are looking for something new. Nice.