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Isis, ‘In the Absence of Truth’ (Ipecac)

Some of us remember back in 2001 when Isis’ still-astonishing debut album, Celestial, redefined art-metal with ungodly heavy guitars that rewrote grindcore as towering space rock. Man, those were good times. Over the next few albums, Isis have stretched out further, embracing shoegazey wonder like it was the prodigal riff. Truth subverts metal’s natural will to power with dreamy, ambient passages (also called “the really boring parts”) that are never as sublime as the band clearly thinks they are.

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