Greek black metal band Isolert has been around for some years and has one full-length album out before “World in Ruins“. Their last album, “No Hope, No Light…Only Death” was released in 2016 and since then the band has done a EP, a split, and some kind of collaboration, including one track with Human Serpent.
Before I received the press release from the label, Nihilistische KlangKunst earlier this week I was not aware of the band, but they caught my attention when the band premiered the video for the title track, “World in Ruins“.
Before listening to the band, I was thinking kind of close-minded, that this can’t be any good, black metal from Greece.
“This is probably another Rotting Christ, Varathron, Septicflesh sounding band”.
I am pleased to admit that I was wrong, this is not similar to those bands in any way, this is black metal like if it came out of Scandinavia, maybe a little more Norway and Finland, and a little less Sweden, but when it comes to the melodies, I’ll say, Sweden.
You get the point, this is great, intense, high-speed sometimes, melodic and quite raw at times, excellent black metal, from Greece. This record is filled with awesome and varying black metal, fast drums, crisp and clear, razor-sharp guitars played fast and melodic.
When it comes to the vocals, it is quite high-pitched screamings of anger, angst, and fury, but even there it’s melodic, varying, and interesting, the vocals are used as an instrument and it suits perfectly.
The great thing with this record is that the vocals sound more or less similar to bands like quite early Gorgoroth and Sargeist to drop a few band names, but the music could be from any of the Scandinavian countries. If you ask me, then that is a mark of quality.
While listening to Isolert, and this album, “World in Ruins“. I have been thinking about Swedish melodic black metal here and there and it was when I had played the awesome closing song, “Light…Has Abandoned Us” it came to my twisted mind, it’s Dawn’s masterpiece “Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)” and especially the song “The Knell And The World” that I was thinking about.
But, this is more aggressive, intense, and it’s faster, but I would have gone even crazier if I had not figured out what my mind was aiming for when it comes to comparison.
This is NOT a Dawn copy album, nor Gorgoroth or Sargeist, it’s the riffs and the feeling that I aim for when it comes to the guitars, vocals and also, sometimes song structures.
Nick S. (Drums, Vocals)
Panagiotis T. (Vocals)
Apostolos K. (Guitars)
1. Fire, Ash, Blood [3:31]
2. Burn Them [4:04]
3. As We Die [5:08]
4. Extinction [4:36]
5. Staring at a Path Towards Nowhere [7:19]
6. World in Ruins [5:33]
7. Light…Has Abandoned Us [10:14]
Album title: World in Ruins
Genre: Black Metal
Country/Location: Greece, Volos, Thessaly
Record label: Nihilistische KlangKunst
Release date: September 11, 2020
Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 320 kbp/s mp3
Isolert - World in Ruins
What can I say, when music is good and it’s even good black metal, like Isolert, and their second full-length album, “World in Ruins“, then there is not much more to say, that has not been said before (as above). This is an excellent, intense, varying, and melodic black metal record that should suit fans of the mix of raw, intense, melodic, kind of catchy black metal perfectly.
To try to pick favorite songs, highlights, or songs that stand out on this record is hard, the fact is that this record stands out as a whole. So, if you want to check before buying the record, aim for the opening track, “Fire, Ash, Blood”, the awesome title track “World in Ruins”, or “Staring at a Path Towards Nowhere” and especially the just over 10 minutes closing track, “Light…Has Abandoned Us”.
Would I buy this album?
Yes, have ordered the black vinyl version at the bands official Bandcamp