Wavering Radiant (Ipecac/Conspiracy)
Dark, cascading riffs on Wavering Radiant’s lead track, Hall Of The Dead, immediately transport us to Isis’s reality – one of the underground throne rooms in a vaguely Middle Earth story fragment where opposing loud/soft harmonies battle for dominance.
The Los Angeles band’s sound is so progressive and engaging that, by the end of the second track, we feel we’ve listened to an entire album. The most dynamic track, Stone To Wake A Serpent, starts with reverberating trip-hoppy guitar stabs but quickly becomes a loud, guttural epic.
Isis’s four previous full-lengths have clear story arcs, but Wavering Radiant’s themes are open to interpretation, giving it added appeal. Close to perfect.
Top track: Stone To Wake A Serpent
Catch Isis when they storm the Phoenix Sunday (June 7).