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Release date: 9 December 2009
Style: Gothenburg metal


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01. Cypher Drone
02. Structural Wound
03. Perdition Haze
04. Building An Empire Of Dust
05. Stepchild Of Laceration
06. The Isolation Game
07. Blacklight Rush
08. Glimmer
09. Ties That Bind
10. Losing Ground
11. Same Old Nails For A New Messiah
12. Digging The Grave Of Silence
13. Beneath A Colder Sun
14. The Shape Of Things To Come [Japanese bonus]

Lyrics (13)

Claudio Ravinale - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards

Guest musicians

Björn "Speed" Strid - vocals
Olof Mörck - guitar

Additional info
Gothenburg Death Metal
Label: Coroner Records
Italy: 2009
Length: 72:21

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Can you guess what is the main source of inspiration of the Italian combo Disarmonia Mundi? Ho well it's not so hard to answer and you just have to listen to 30 sec of the first song of their new album The Isolation Game, to understand everything: this is In Flames!!! And me who believed that this trend was over, well apparently not!

published 21.03.2010 | Comments (16)

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Wes - 04.01.2010 at 14:08  
Rating: 8 This album is actually pretty awesome. If you can get yourself to accept the vocals style you can begin to enjoy this album a lot. The guitars are awesome, some really cool moments if you truly listen.

I heard two songs off this album and rated it 6, average. Now after making myself listen I can say its a lot better than that. I dont think its amazing, but its good or very good compared to a lot of shit out there.
It beats the hell out of Scar Symmetry's new album.

Is this album honestly worse than their earlier albums? or are you just sick of this style?
Objectively this is their best album imo.

I am personally glad this band exists regardless of its similarity to soil work. Soil work sucks now, so we need a replacement, this is it. Can anyone really complain?

Again, aside from vocal style, this album is good.

For fans of soilwork and nightrage, give this album a GOOD listen. It's good backround music or music for relaxing too. I think it's awesome. Listen to each song regardless of the begining and you may find something you like.
sabotender - 09.01.2010 at 03:15  
Rating: 7 I'm glad these guys are still around; mindless melodic death will always have a place in my heart, and these guys fulfill that to the utmost. I'm also glad that Claudio and Speed came back for the vocals, I read it was up in the air for a while as to whether or not Speed would return. I think it's not too far fetched to say that this is the probably the last DM album we will hear Speed on, but, honestly, I don't think they can accomplish much more with these three individuals singing together. MindTricks was more of a "call and response" type vocal styling where The Isolation Game strikes me as more of a "one demon with two heads (three if you count Ettore)"... this symbolizes a tighter unit and that, to me, is the most apparent aspect of this record. These guys sound like a band now, instead of just a collection of ideas, and even if the songs are much of the same old melodic death verse-chorus-verse-chorus repetition, it's always nice to see a band that knows how to do it well.

I look forward to Ettore's next release through Disarmonia Mundi, but I think he has exhausted Speed, and perhaps even Claudio, as vehicles for his specific brand of metal. Hopefully he finds some inspiration to take his work in a new direction.

I agree with your 7!
Xytraguptor - 14.04.2012 at 20:27  
Rating: 8 It's a great album by all means. The production sounds slightly like on Fragments and therefore should be quite modern. Drums propel the songs really forward and make the catchy riffs really memorable. Especially Cypher Drone is godlike. Vocals are perfect as well. Choruses are adorable and extremely catchy. You'll find yourself humming them along for a long time after hearing them. Also thank god for making albums with more songs than just 9 or 10. This already deserves recognition and praise. Although I find Strid missing at some points, Claudio and Ettore can pull it off as well really well. Not as great as previous albums but nonetheless a great effort considering DM is only a studio band.
Wes - 18.01.2014 at 14:33  
Rating: 8 I prefer this to anything by Soilwork strangely... This band always had some really cool stuff going on, and Ettore is a genius if you ask me.

A huge fan of his Ghibili cover band, seriously sick stuff going on. Man, I even love the high pitch vocals on this.

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