Rating:
9.0
Isole - Born From Shadows
28 October 2011


01. The Lake
02. Black Hours
03. Born From Shadows
04. Come To Me
05. My Angel
06. Condemned
07. When All Is Black


Born From Shadows is already the fifth album from Swedish epic doom metallers Isole (the band was initialy formed in 1990 under the name of Forlorn). Sadly and despite solid previous releases, the band is still not very well-known. Maybe this Born From Shadows will put a spotlight on this band who clearly deserves more recognition in the metal scene.

Compared to the band's previous releases, I will describe this new album as darker and more direct. Indeed the modern covert art is rather gloomy (and beautiful by the way) but on top of it, the music herself is even more oppressive to the listener. Nevertheless the band's trademark remains mainly preserved: melodious and melancholic parts; a very effective low/mid-tempo riffing and audible bass lines; the whole reinforcing the profound side of the music. Drumming parts are not outdone. Indeed they fully support and reinforce the heavy atmosphere in the mid-tempo parts while they insufflate a bit of rage in faster ones. All together, these elements give to Born From Shadows a wide range of variety. Just have a listen to the track "Come To Me" to be convinced. This song is simply splendid. Furthermore the vocal performance is incredible and the voice's tessitura is very impressive, too. For sure, we definitely have here one of the most beautiful voices in the genre. Also death metal vocals are scattered along the whole album, but do not be afraid, they are wittingly used and fully dedicated to the emotions and to emphasize the stifling feeling for the listener. "When All Is Black" concludes the album, upon an epic atmosphere, letting the listener caught up in a cushy and tormented vicious circle.

After several listening, I do not find any bad point on this Born From Shadows, excepted maybe a little lack of originality. But seriously in regards to the whole quality of the album, I would say that it is a small detail, really. This album is a pure enchantress ballad in the lands of melancholy and disenchanted sadness. Never pain and sorrow have been and sounded so beautiful. The production is really good and the band's performance simply reaches to perfection. Born From Shadows might please fans from Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus or While Heaven Wept. So put this masterpiece on your CD player and let the music pull you towards a bottomless pit. Highly recommended!

Highlights: "Born From Shadows," "Come To Me," "When All Is Black"

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Isole
Album: Born From Shadows


 


written by White Winter Sun | 13.11.2011



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demonseed - 13.11.2011 at 17:55  
The Highlight of 2011, their best record to date!!
thaurer - 13.11.2011 at 18:20  
Fantastic album!
BloodTears - 13.11.2011 at 19:37  
I might give this one a try in the future.
Rulatore - 13.11.2011 at 19:50  
Didnt find anything special in this one
InnerSelf - 13.11.2011 at 21:12  
I've been enjoying your reviews lately , And again I totally agree with you, this is my favorite Isole album and among the best of 2011
Troy Killjoy - 13.11.2011 at 21:39  
I didn't think this was anything special either. More of the same which is nice and the growls were well-placed, but overall this is probably about a 7/10 for me. Nice review though.
R'Vannith - 14.11.2011 at 00:29  
Haven't checked out this new one, hope it's as good as Throne of Void, the review makes it sounds as if it might well be.
Merchant of Doom - 14.11.2011 at 11:04  
I think they changed enough (especially by introducing harsh vocals) and produced a well-constructed album, even superior to its predecessor. I do believe some people will find it boring and monotonous... too bad for them! One of the best of 2011.
SoulScarred - 15.11.2011 at 20:57  
Great album indeed, agree with the reviewer
Mikyz - 02.12.2011 at 12:21  
I can't see anything wrong with this record, this is solid Epic Doom, nothing innovating, I like the use of growls though. I'd give this around 7.5-8/10.
BitterCOld - 02.12.2011 at 23:05  
I liked Bliss of Solitude, wasn't blown away by the follow-up, Silent Ruins at all. left me meh.

wasn't expecting much out of this, maybe a continued drift into Mehsburg.

instead caught me by surprise, probably my favorite of the three i've heard. nice work.
Susan - 04.12.2011 at 16:41  
Excellent review for an excellent album. This is one of my top doom albums of the year for sure. I love the slightly driving nature of the rhythms throughout, as well as the moods and colors they evoke.
Slinky666 - 08.12.2011 at 03:28  
Everything is right with this album, which makes it less interesting to me. I do not appreciate a textbook metal. I wish they got something wrong. Flawless it is

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