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Isis Wavering Radiant 

Isis' fifth full-length, Wavering Radiant, moves with glacial metal ambiance. The Boston-based loud/quiet collective uses atmospheric tension to overpower cathartic brutality, as a barrage of headphone textures fills the spaces between riffs. "Hall of the Dead" opens with slow-moving, earthy tones and fidgety rhythms that reveal a captivating balance of mood and dirge. Isis' penchant for soaring, pretty-boy vocals has been a severe drawback on prior albums. That side of vocalist Aaron Turner threatens to rear its head on "Ghost Key" and "Stone to Wake a Serpent," but is used only to counter his scratchy-throated growls. Massive melodic textures culminate in a pensive album dense with detail that moves at its own haunting pace. 4 out of 5 stars

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