This, Isis' fourth full-length, is the most diverse to date, but in the process of adding new facets to its sound, the band winds up reinforcing self-imposed limitations. Isis' music is not about catharsis, which is a big problem for metalheads or anybody else looking for a reason to get worked up. No matter how loud the guitars get, they always sway gently, never crashing or exploding. Isis has already toured with Tool; if the band keeps pushing this stoic, we're-above-rocking-out shtick, it'll be opening for Coldplay soon.
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