Isis: Post-Metal With Emotion And Intensity


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"Life Reduced To Ticks"

The best introduction to ISIS is contained within their album "Panopticon". The concept of a panopticon was invented in the 1700's by english philosopher and social theorist, Jeremy Bentham.

I quote:

"The concept of the [prison] design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether they are being watched or not. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behaviour constantly."

This paragraph describes not only this album, but a theme among much of ISIS's lyrics. We are being watched, and even when we aren't being watched, we're still being watched.

The album cover showcases an aerial photo of San Francisco/San Bruno in California, only to help reinforce what we've already heard.

ISIS's songs are what one could describe as "long", but I would rather see them as evolving. If I was a mystical psychic, I might say "I see guitars building upon each other into 3 minute long crescendos" before listening to a song such as "Wills Dissolve".

If you go back to their earlier stuff, you'll find something that you'd expect to find in Gojira's early albums. Raw, heavy, and not nearly as catchy. It's perfect for the die-hard metal fan, but less enticing to an art-only metalfan.

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