ISOLE - Born From Shadows

Isole - Born From Shadows

7 songs
55:34 minutes
***** ****
Napalm Records


Two years ago, I first came across Swedish doom metal band Isole when they released their fourth album Silent Ruins, and I was instantly enchanted by their atmospheric music. The good impression doesn’t change with their successor Born From Shadows, as the band managed once again to create a multilayered work that allows them to be counted among the big ones of the genre.

The opener The Lake is dragging like lava and offers everything the doom heart is yearning for. Add to this wonderfully mourning vocals that remind me a little of Solitude Aeturnus! The following Black Hours is even gloomier, with an end that sounds like Chopin’s Marche funèbre. The CD’s highlight is undeniably the nearly ten minute long title track where the band is pulling out all the stops. This song is much livelier and offers next to amazing harmonies also regular blast beats, before it veers into Viking territory à la Bathory before it ends with evil growls from the deepest pits. The same goes for the even one minute longer My Angel although it doesn’t quite beat the title track. Some tracks surprise with a more prominent beat, where especially Come To Me might appeal to fans of Candlemass. Towards the end things get once again very depressing with Condemned.

The differences to its predecessors are minimal, but that shouldn’t be a problem, as Isole’s Born From Shadows is an enormously varied and mature doom metal album where the balance between harmony, brutality and melancholy is ideal. Isole have been a strong name in the doom community for a long time, but this time they really have a good shot at making it to the top.

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