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Celestial was released in 2000, and is ISIS' first full-length after two EPs, The Red Sea and Mosquito Control, and it showed their already fairly mature sludgecore style in full swing. The earlier EPs proved that they already knew how to rock hard, but Celestial, for the first time, also showed off the band's feel for dynamics and for less-aggressive, quieter ways of getting their point across. The songs here clock in mostly in the six-to-eight-minute range and is one of Isis' best work and a strong full-length debut.

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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IPEC0
  • ASIN: B00CJ03YRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once again, Isis continue to impress with their first full length album, Celestial.
halfsharkalligatorhalfman™
Similar to Neurosis (in a good, not-copying-kind-of-way) in sonic extremity, Isis create an album as beautifully sedated as it is crushingly heavy.
C. Cerrato
I personally loved this album and would highly recommend this album for anyone who is already an ISIS fan, or is planning on becoming one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Dilettante on September 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I thought I didn't like the songs on this record, until I heard them live. The truth is that this is classic material, but it suffers from flat production. Riffs that could be majestic come across tinny and hollow. If you are new to this band, start with Oceanic and work forward, then backtrack and listen to this record in context. If you can still hang, then (and only then) get the earlier stuff. Red Sea and Mosquito Control are both really, REALLY alienating. I love them each in their own way, but late-90's Isis sounds like a totally different band, much less musical and much more violent. Before Celestial, Isis could have been any one of two dozen crust/grind/powerviolence outfits. This is the record that broke the mold, and it's the first record that sounds like Isis as it exists today. With Isis's newfound success, I suspect this record will be remastered to fit better with the rest of the later Isis oeuvre. I look forward to it - these are great songs; these recordings just don't have the power they deserve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cerrato on August 2, 2004
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Isis create heavy, doom-laden sonic landscapes, not songs. Celestial is not for everyone, nor should it be. 7 to 8 minute tribal beatings will definitely not get you heavy radio airplay, and gratefully so. This will probably take a few listens to sink in, but when it does, be prepared for an album that is destined to become an underground classic. Aaron Turner's guttural voice highlights a good majority of this disc, but it is in the calm, atmospheric passages that Isis shine. Similar to Neurosis (in a good, not-copying-kind-of-way) in sonic extremity, Isis create an album as beautifully sedated as it is crushingly heavy. Check out Gentle Time, a personal favorite, for evidence of greatness, and remember that this is only their first full length. Isis goes on to shine, and outdo themselves, with Oceanic, but this deserves to stand on its own merits. Excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By halfsharkalligatorhalfman™ on July 31, 2006
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Once again, Isis continue to impress with their first full length album, Celestial. I have been going backwards through isis' releases, starting with Panopticon. This is probably the heaviest of Isis' three major full lengths. The songs in the album are separated by SGNLs, most of which sound like someone typing in the depths of the rainforest. SGNL>02 is pretty creepy because there is a muffled voice in the background speaking, but it is really hard to understand what he is saying. After the first SGNL, Celestial(The Tower) kicks in. This great opening track is followed by one of my favorites, Glisten. It is a pretty heavy track. The album is very similar to Oceanic, and there are some soft breaks in the heaviness. There is also a really good instrumental(Deconstructing Towers). The only problems I have with this album are the muddy sound quality and the sometimes weird vocals that Aaron utilizes. But these are minor gripes, and this is another five star album from Isis. You should definitely own this if you are a fan of Isis, or if you listen to bands like Neurosis or Pelican.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Streetcleaner on May 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
ISIS have constructed a unique sound that should not go overlooked by anyone claiming to appreciate artisic creativity in music.

This album is unbelievable.

Gigantic, memorable riffs, intertwined with clean, surrealistic passages that stick with the listener long after the album has ended. "Celestial" will cause the listeners mind to drift off into uncharted, abstract areas. The album art uses imagery from La Jette, the short film which inspired 12 Monkeys. There's something extremely fitting about it, which helps to greatly enhance the musical journey. This is a sinisterly crafted album; for ISIS knows exactly what they're doing. Creating extraordinary music, with elaborate packaging, to give you an experience of eccentricity. ISIS went on to release their masterpiece "Oceanic", right after Celestial. Some say it's not as "heavy" as the latter, but then they must not be listening closely. Songs such as False Light are obviously the natural progression you'd expect from a band releasing an album like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "kidfortoday" on March 11, 2003
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ever since i heard isis back in the day i've always been a fan. upon hearing this record i was blown away. i'm a huge neurosis fan and this was their first record that's as good as neurosis. highlight tracks are glisten, collapse and crush, and the tower. This record is the definitive isis sound. if you're new to the band i highly recomend this one be you're first purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kade dodson on March 8, 2006
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up until the time when i purchased this album it was nearly immpossible for me to decide what me favorite isis album was,but not any more celestial in my opinion is the overal best isis album it has the furious violent elements the red sea & mosquito control had but it also has elements of oceanic & panopticon so i guess that about sums up why this is the best and most solid ISIS album...enjoy
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FormerZygote on July 11, 2003
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Isis rock very hard and with a restraint and subtlety few bands will ever have. The restraint and progress further into Isis's later album "Oceanic" This band is one of the rare bands that continues to grow at such a rate as to truley keep thier fans salivating for more. While "Oceanic" for many will be easier to swallow, Celestial and its counterpart album SGNL>5 are easily up with the makings of unique and almost sonic metal that "Oceanic" is. Neurosis are of deep inspiration in the bands sound but Isis laid thier own tracks and have become their own fluid band with this album. If you like Neurosis and you like maybe even some hardcore like "Hopesfall" "Poisen the Well" you shouldn't have any trouble falling in love with this band.
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