Isis aren't the kind of band you'd listen to while gardening or doing jumping jacks. Their music is more for sitting alone in a dark room, waiting for the apocalypse and attempting to fall into a trance-induced coma. That is to say, Isis play metal that's both crushingly heavy and fascinatingly hypnotic. Their fifth release expands their already impressive body of work with music that progresses further into epic territory. Far from the technical metal they played years ago, Panopticon sways back and forth from monolithic walls of noise to introspective, ambient soundscapes while never sounding disjointed.
ISIS play Lee's Palace tonight (Thursday, April 27).