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The first track is an intro, and sounds similar to Celestial's intro. Then The first real song goes on starts with a crushing riff and soon enough the vocals appear. The song continutes for a while as a sluggish, crunchy, standard Isis song, then about halfway through it; it breaks down into a clean, ominous melodic riff, something I wasn't expecting when listening for the first time, very nice refreshing change in direction in the song. It is definately one of their most solid songs overall. "Beneath Below" is a shorter, ambient track with a pummeling bass drum and very low frequency keyboard playing, it's actually not anything special. "Constructing Towers" starts off slowly with a quiet chord being strummed, then progresses on, picking up pace towards the end, until it finally deconstructs into swirling frequencies.
"Celestial (Signal Fills the Void)" is a remix of "Celestial (The Tower)," but I didn't even recognize it was a remix. This is probably the most interesting song, with ambient additions of keyboards, distant screams, and industrial noises to the rhythmic metallic chaos. This song `regresses' and slowly becomes more empty towards the end of its 10 minute duration, however adding more ethereal sounding keyboards, and finally breaking down into a single chord. It's definitely one of my top favorite Isis songs.
Be sure to check out their full length albums first, especially "Panopticon," the newest full length, which will be coming out 3 weeks from the time I wrote this. I can't wait to hear what they've done this time.
If you dont know Neurosis try them as well they are awesome and a large inspiration to Isis.
Track one, "Sgnl>05 (Final Transmission)" is an appropriately-tiled continuation of the segues found on Celestial. Not much to give praise to but something to get warmed up to, for the best is yet to come. Track two, the aforementioned "Divine Mother" sees the band showing off their Neurosis roots with droning riffs, semi-tribal drums, Aaron Turner screaming his lungs out. I love this song. I actually bought this EP prior to listening to Celestial, and in my opinion, this song is as good or better than any track on the full-length, with the notable exception of "Glisten". It follows a fairly traditional Isis blueprint (start out soft, build to infinite mass riffage, give it some room to breathe before the trademark CRUSHING crescendo), but nevertheless, it is one of the band's most finely crafted songs, especially from their early, more 'mosh-friendly' era.
It's unfortunate that the three tracks that follow can't live up to the first song's promise, but not content with treading water, the rest of the EP explores ambient textures and hollow musical spaces (without turning into a complete bore, I assure you). "Beneath Below" is reminiscient of the band's tribal jam in an echo chamber, while "Constructing Towers" is like a long, repetitive (acoustic!) funeral dirge.Read more ›
"Divine Mother" is one of my favorite Isis songs and a large reason why I give the album a high rating. "Constructing Towers" and the "Celestial" remix are the other two solid songs on the EP, with "Sgnl>05" and "Beneath Below" feeling more like interludes or segues.
I'd gear this release more toward Isis fans than your casual music fan, but I think that any metalhead would enjoy "Divine Mother" for how heavy the song is. Feel free to check it out, but you might want to get a copy of Celestial first.
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Of course, I bought this after I obtained Celestial. SGNL05 is beautiful. You won't expect the same sound from Celestial on SGNL05. Read morePublished on June 30, 2007 by Squilla
Mesmorizing, pounding, durging, tribal, ballsy, sinister, good stuff. If you llike neurosis youll appreciate IsisPublished on January 2, 2003 by Jestin A. Burich
While this typifies Isis's sound and the direction in which they are headed with their upcoming Oceanic album, I was really confused when I picked this up, because it was the first... Read morePublished on September 12, 2002 by Shane Dignan
I was not a huge fan of the band until I heard Celestial, which completely blew me away. So, in thinking that this was a continuation of Celstial, which it was, I was pretty... Read morePublished on March 22, 2002 by Pinto
this cdep is a continuation to "celestial" and continues the lyrical and musical stylings brought forth in that release. Read morePublished on February 28, 2002 by benjamin greene