Isis – Oceanic

Isis Oceanic:

One of the best albums about the sea ever. Isis wrote the book on conceptual, artistic sludge and ever since people have been ripping off this album. But what most copycats fail to do is make their records as engaging as this one. What really sets this album apart is the use of female vocals. Rather than shoehorn it in, they slyly mix these into the back of the mix, making them heard but not the center of attention. It’s a nice juxtaposition to the harsh yells. Perfect for a day at the beach when you’re tripping.

Rating: 15/15 Primordial Sea Beasts

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Murder By Death – Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?

Murder By Death Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?:

A concept album about Satan attacking a small Southern town. With songs about whiskey, shootings, executions, and mothers smothering their children so Lucifer can’t get to them, Murder by Death earns big points for badassitude. Musically the album is diverse usually sticking to country, blues, and folk song structures, but augmented with cello and piano played by two classically trained musicians. Though no specific characters are introduced other than Satan, much of the album is written from the perspective of the townsfolk, allowing one to sit back and feel their emotions and picture themselves in the same situation. I really hope this album can be integrated into a movie someday, as it plays much like a soundtrack already.

Rating: 14/15 Straight shots of Whiskey