Friday, August 29, 2008

ISOLE - Bliss of Solitude CD Review

ISOLE - Bliss of Solitude CD
Napalm Records

If there was one word to describe this release by these Swedish doomsters it would be "patience". INSOLE (pronounced EE-SOL-AY) give us seven songs ranging from six to twelve minutes in length totaling sixty minutes. Or in other words, this thing drags more ass than an alligator after dining at a Swedish meatball buffet. Which ain't a bad thing as long as you have enough time on your hands. Also when it comes to ISOLE's brand of epic doom metal, misery is bliss. Songs like "Imprisoned in Sorrow" and "Dying" are downright suffocating. You can practically feel the hands of doom clutching your throat and squeezing. "By Blood" is pure punishment like a forced funeral march over a mile of burning coals. "From a Clouded Sky", obviously inspired by their nation's long winters, is slow torture. For someone like me who takes in caffeine like normal people breath air, this grim and dark infused doom is a never ending pain. But if you're an isolationist who could care less for your eardrums as well as your sanity. Then this CD is for you.

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