Isis: In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac)

With a sprawling nature in both length and sound, Isis has created a bridge between those who wouldn't touch anything metal and those who would avoid any record that sniffs of indie.

 

cd_isisAs the cliché goes about arrogance, it's not bragging if it's the truth. Of the crop of bands that straddle metal with hardcore and all things ambient, Los Angeles' quintet Isis still rules the roost in the eyes of most critics and fans. Starting with 2002's Oceanic and followed by 2004's Panopticon, Isis has established a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its studio LPs. With a sprawling nature in both length and sound, Isis has created a bridge between those who wouldn't touch anything metal and those who would avoid any record that sniffs of indie.

With The Absence of Truth, Isis doesn't tinker with its sound, but rather refine and advance the formula. As on prior discs, In The Absence of Truth is 65 minutes of largely instrumental tunes. Of these, the one-two opening punch of "Wrists of Kings" and "Not in Rivers, But in Drops" as well as "Garden of Light" are the most noteworthy tracks. The only minor complaint is when the vocals of guitarist Aaron Turner weigh in, he goes into guttural mode a little too often. However, this does not negate the fact that In The Absence of Truth is Isis' best work to date and should be applauded as one of the best discs of 2006. A | David Lichius

RIYL: Pelican, Tool

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