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RELEASED ON 3/27/2006
posted on 4/2006 By:
Isolated is an unsigned polish death metal band who’ve been lurking around the scene in some incarnation or another since 1994, and though they’ve gone through several line up changes, I don’t think much as changed in the Isolated camp since their inception. They’ve been a bit slow to grow since then, with only two demo taps and one proper full length to show for their efforts. Now they’ve returned with the five song EP Demonss Conclave to follow up their 2001 effort Descent on the Cross (yes that’s an average of a song a year on this one) .
If you’ve heard any Immolation song at any point in their career you should have an excellent idea of the material found here. “Black Ascenation” has some decent riffs, but it walks a thin line between inspiration and all out worship. “Armageddon Fire” kicks of the album, ripping into some old fashioned brutality blended with various polish death metal influences. At about the two minute mark, the song erupts into the best moment on the album with some high quality New York brutality before a dissonant and apocalyptic solo. If this hadn’t been so thinly produced causing the drums to sound overly computerized and muddying the vocalist tone, Demonss Conclave would have come across as crushing, but instead its more bark than real bite. With each song having such a midpaced gate and not lasting much over three minutes you would expect many more high quality moments, or at least for Isolated not to get redundant quickly, but there’s not much Isolated plays that either you or I haven’t heard an abundance of times. This point is highlighted on “The Cordons of Hatered” perfectly through their decision to double their usual song time, resulting in a disastrous product of redundancy and repetition.
The problem with Demonss Conclave though the majority of the material is well executed, it has a frequent tendency to become monotonous and unimaginative. Isolated never come into their own or expand upon the style they play, and are thus still left relatively unknown outside of their country. The stand out moments of greatness are few and far between and do little to pull Isolated far from the realm of average or in any way separate them from the pack. The overall interpretation left at the end of the album is one of little amazement, landing mainly on a feeling of bland appreciation.
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