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Double vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Post-Metal band's 2000 debut. Celestial highlights the band's roots in Metal and Hardcore while displaying the Post-Rock and Ambient experimentation for which they became best known.. with chugging Sludge, expansive Doom, droning Metal and a nuanced use of keys, samples and noise, the album shifts between moments of complete devastation and graceful passages of sheer beauty. Isis came into their own with Celestial, mastering the flow of sonic dynamics and smoothly bringing sparse elements into an otherwise oppressively heavy sound. For this special reissue, Aaron Turner's artwork has been fully re-imagined from the original elements, and the two discs are housed in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves containing flood-black interior printing.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 12, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Robotic Empire
  • ASIN: B00D53XB8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I am reviewing the 2013 reissue of Celestial, which was originally released in 2000. The vinyl fold-out LP format of the reissue is excellent, with much-improved artwork that is on par with the later Isis albums starting with their 2002 breakthrough Oceanic.

I did not expect the album to be as good as it is, simply because it is widely agreed that Oceanic and then Panopticon (2004) were better. They *are* better, but this is a great album in its own right, even though it doesn't yet have that distinctive post-metal sound.

It is powerful, dark, and mysterious, all the qualities you expect from Isis. The titles alone are as evocative as hell -- "Celestial (The Tower)," "Swarm Reigns (Down)," Deconstructing Towers," Collapse and Crush."

It sounds like a broader and heavier palette of sounds that they refined, discarding some of it. There are parts that sound more like classical metal. To use a different image, it sounds like a rough sound sculpture that was further worked, and smoothed, to create the quintessential post-metal of Oceanic and Panopticon.

Of course with the later In the Absence of Truth (2006) and Wavering Radiant (2009) the sound morphed into something stranger and further removed from the band's metal origins before they disbanded.

This early phase of the band is well worth hearing!
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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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