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Wavering Radiant

Isis (Rock), Isis, IsisAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release from the Alternative Hard rockers, their fifth album overall. Grandiose without being over-indulgent, epic without compromising focus, Isis have resurrected the art of prioritizing the album over the individual songs. Wavering Radiant, though divided into seven pieces, is essentially one composition. With producer Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Melvins, Enslaved) behind the boards, the recording displays a sonic range and tonal depth in perfect step with the broad range of the band's capabilities. This is an audiophile's dream: rich in headphone candy, goose-bump inducing in its crescendos, majestic in its beauty, humbling in its devastating power. If radio still exists in 30 years, Wavering Radiant is the kind of record that obsessive DJs will play in its entirety during their graveyard shifts. But the huddled mass of Isis enthusiasts are already celebrating its arrival.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great accomplishment in musical art May 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Isis' Wavering Radiant is a tremendous accomplishment.

This album sees the band growing into a much tighter musical force, with greater focus on composition. The songs boast a feel of utter thoroughness, unlike the ones on their previous album, In the Absence of Truth. This is the result of all band members having written the album together rather than flying from the east coast to the west for sessions where every member tried to piece together their own riffs and melodies.

Although comprised by seven tracks, Wavering Radiant feels like a single composition broken down into parts for easier navigation purposes. There are nebuluos musical ideas linking the tracks together to achieve a cohesive vibe. Each cut is imbued with common musical threads, macro-compositional tonal centres, that strangely evoke previous (and following, as you go through the disc several times) numbers. What's more, sometimes the band employs the technique in the same track. The exchange of a single-riff theme between guitars, bass, drums, and even vocals on "Hand of the Host" is a prime example of this feat. Then, two tracks later, an awkwardly familiar theme appears and subtly glues them together.

Aaron Turner continues his classic harsh, raspy yells but also mixes it up with clean passages that are spread across the album. He is more courageous this time around, as he swiftly moves from his shattering growls to strangely addictive clean harmonies. In a way, this reminds me of Mikael Akerfeldt circa My Arms, Your Hearse. Though his clean singing still lacked greatly, it matched the flow of the record perfectly. The same case applies for Aaron Turner.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Grower Album That Has Some Great Moments May 7, 2009
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Ever since Isis moved to the West Coast, they started going toward a more mystic destination that's opposite of the darker sound they had when they were in Boston. Wavering Radiant continues the path they were on with In the Absence of Truth, only this time going along a path that needed a bit more clearing.

True to the direction the band was going in on ITAOT, the album is generally more up-tempo then their previous works and Aaron Turner may have more vocals on this record than any of the previous releases. However, the overall tone of the album is darker than their previous release, and that probably stems from their decision to part ways with long-time producer Matt Bayles and instead brought in "Evil" Joe Baressi to help the band restore some of grit in production.

As far as the songs go, it's mostly exactly what you'd expect from Isis: heavy songs that explore the space they're in and don't care to make time constraints. The difference I would think is that the band is starting to put as much emphasis on leads as they do on rhythm. The guitar work seems to be a bit more featured in this album than in albums past, the keyboards are definitely higher in the mix, and Aaron Turner is singing more, implementing both growls along to go with the "singing-as-an-instrument" motif that he's been going for since ITAOT (don't get that confused for the generic "good cop/bad cop" thing 41,793 other metal bands have going on.)

Overall, I really enjoy the album because the band's shown a considerable amount of growth since their inception and only continue to evolve. The album is great and the core songs of the album are fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! December 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is not background music. This is music to listen to. If you invest som time, you will be rewarded. A combination of hardcore and prog rock. Isis plows new ground and take you on a journey you have never been on before. Simply fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once it clicks..... June 24, 2009
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I have a similar experience with each Isis release. I listen to it a few times without it truly hitting me so I put it aside for awhile. I come back to it and suddenly something clicks and I once again understand how great this band is. Maybe it is the frame of mind I am in at the time or the repeated listenings open it up? Suddenly, the dream like trance parts lift me up to another mental realm before the nightmare like heaviness brings me crashing down to reality.

It's amazing how the band rides the grooves created by drummer Aaron Harris. He is one of the few drummers who seems to squeeze emotion out of the drums. He sets the tone for another great Isis album.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Isis are one of those rare entities that almost defy critical analysis. Almost every one of their major works is celebrated and rightly so: they're great. From embracing the sludge and primordial rage of Neurosis on earlier works to recording two seminal triumphs in most "Oceanic" and "Panopticon" that have become classics in their own right, I and many others, would be hard pressed to say exactly what they'd expect to hear on a new full length Isis album.

What sets this one apart from the others? It's hard to say exactly. It's definitely their heaviest collection of songs in many years, but they haven't substituted harder edged tones for decent songwriting, that much is clear. There's still long stretches of dissonant beauty punctuated by the identifiable Isis rhythm section. Maybe what's always set these guys apart is a tastefulness within these quiet-to-loud moments that feels flawlessly transitional. The keyboards have become slightly more prominent, the bass is a mutating beast that goes from a progressive watery flange tone to a rich, full presence that compliment the guitars - riffs that shuffle from crunchy to bright that always compliment the song and never stick out as anything too...obvious. Tool alumnus Joe Barressi should get due credit for his lively production work, giving the band an intricate sound that's more in line with their live show.

Wavering Radient is a great swan song. Isis have set the bar high and only time will tell if a band can take up the mantle for forward thinking metal of this style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album.
Published 8 days ago by Ernest83
5.0 out of 5 stars One to own.
If you are looking for some amazing prog metal to get you through a plethora of mood, this album is for you.
Published 6 months ago by Yves St-germain
4.0 out of 5 stars Isis' swansong
Isis' fifth record would prove to be the group's last full-length, as the California-native progressive/advant-garde metal titans would dissolve after eleven years of cranking out... Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars oh yes!
heard to this at the tattoo shop i patronise. kept asking 'who is this?' every time it came on. looked it up and had to have it. brilliant.
Published 21 months ago by garygoh
5.0 out of 5 stars totally NOT worth the implosion
i arrived kinda late to the ISIS camp, despite picking up the 'mosquito control' ep on cassette when it dropped; however it never really hooked me at the time. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by hunter s burroughs
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the diversified sound of IN THE ABSENCE OF TRUTH
This was Isis's last album, released in 2009, and on it they pursue the same basic sound they first created with their previous album IN THE ABSENCE OF TRUTH (2006). Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
ISIS is one of those bands that never ceases to amaze me. They are able to "take you on a journey" with their music. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by Codera
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Isis outdid themselves with their final release, "Wavering Radiant". It's simply put a masterpiece from beginning to end. The production is amazing. Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by Massimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping.
A lot of texture and atmosphere on this record. There are heavy moments, but this album is a lot more melodic and dynamic than past offerings. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by desdemona
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is amazing. If you let you self go in a vulnerable state of mind this album will take you on a trip. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Mikel
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