Isis -- In The Absence of Truth (Ipecac)

No one in attendance at the wedding of Art Rock and Heavy Metal can be faulted for shuffling their feet and staring nervously at the ground when proceedings arrived at the part about "Speak now o

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Isis — In The Absence of Truth



No one in attendance at the wedding of Art Rock and Heavy Metal can be faulted for shuffling their feet and staring nervously at the ground when proceedings arrived at the part about "Speak now or forever hold your peace." A predictably contentious marriage with mixed results, it is New England's Isis that is clearly the pick of the Art Metal litter. Isis combines Floyd-ian textures and the ominous atmospherics of John Zorn with the earnest pummel and slam of Metal. Most of their tunes roll and tumble in slow-burn mode for seven or eight minutes, with occasional eruptions of growling rage. This could be Metallica playing Tortoise songs, or Cookie Monster fronting Jane's Addiction. After the first half of the record rope-a-dopes you into a punch-drunk trance, the second half is the soundtrack to your comatose enlightenment. Akin to the miracle of flight, Isis' In The Absence Of Truth is a miraculous combination of unlikely ingredients: a Heavy Metal creation of imposing stature yet graceful design, defying logic and expectations, sent aloft and held gloriously airborne through sheer ingenuity and willpower. Awesome. (Ric Hickey) Grade: B+

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