Isole - Throne Of Void

01. Autumn Leaves
02. Dreams
03. Demon Green
04. Throne Of Void
05. Insomnia
06. Bleak
07. Life?

All fans of old Candlemass and While Heaven Wept can stop reading now and can safely go to the record store to get their mitts on Throne Of Void by Isole.
What we have here is a very well-balanced slab of epic doom metal. As usual in this genre originality is of no concern to these Swedes. It's all about atmosphere and execution. Well, one thing can be said, there's nothing wrong with that on this album.
Autumn Leaves is a good opener which immediately sucks the listener into the album only to let him escape from its grasp after about 48 minutes. Only problem I have with this album is the lack of variation. It's all mid-paced to slow-paced epic doom without any real memorable moments. When a little variation in, for example, the chorus is used you instantly get more memorable songs that hook you. Demon Green is the telling example here. The variation in the vocal line in combination with the different executions of the chorus makes this the standout track.
So, for fans of old Candlemass and While Heaven Wept this album is a must. Well-executed songs with a squeaky clean production but unfortunately lacking original ideas. Had that been the case this album would have scored higher.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Band profile: Isole
Album: Throne Of Void


written by Marcel Hubregtse | 15.10.2006


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Azhidahak - 15.10.2006 at 18:46  
Unfortunately I havent listened to this album, but I do know Isole from their previous records and judging from their older stuff I do agree with the comparison with Candlemass and While Heaven Wept. If the new album follows those footsteps then I agree with the overall sound described in this review as well.

Gotta listen to this one and write a second comment on this review.
Boxcar Willy - 27.11.2011 at 16:33  
Thank you random band drop down this is awesoem!

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