Review : KRIEG – “The Isolationist”

Krieg The Isolationist
Release: 2010Oct26 (US)
Label: Candlelight Records
Rating: 3/5

Krieg has been around since the-gods-know-when. The Isolationist is their sixth full-length release, or should I say “his”—it’s basically Imperial’s one-man project. Suitable title, I guess, even if there are guest musicians. Also playing on the album is Xos of Woe, Joseph Van Fossen of Noctuary, & Wrest of Leviathan (and the recent rape scandal).

After some old movie samples that don’t do anything for the album, the first song, “No Future”, elevates to the high standard of low-fi discordant black metal. But this is all it really does. Occasionally, a different style of riff will interject the flow, but the album is pretty much harsh and cacophonous all the way to the end. If I were to compare it to The Black House—my favorite Krieg release which I’ve heard—it falls short, and is not nearly as vicious.

“All Paths to God” is a bit different. The flow of the song is interrupted by a slow and repetitive clean part, with a cheesy-sounding synthesizer in the background—not my thing. “Depakote” has an interesting, almost minimalist industrial-sounding part, but it’s not momentous enough to make a difference.

“Blue of Noon” is probably the slowest song on the album, but also one of the best. It translates into straight-up blackened doom metal, but with Krieg’s signature atonal sound. Just after that we have “Inhalation Decays”, which progresses from traditional black metal. There’s some slightly technical-sounding riff work in the beginning, and the heavily-distorted bass guitar can actually be heard doing something different from the guitars. It’s chunky and sloppy, but still very good, especially with the doom elements which strengthen this album. So what’s the conclusion? Krieg ist krieg, but The Isolationist is starting to sound a little tired.

Try: 2, 7, 8

1. No Future
2. Photographs From An Asylum
3. All Paths to God
4. Ambergeist
5. Depakote
6. Religion III
7. Blue of Noon
8. Decaying Inhalations
9. …And the Stars Fell On
10. Remission
11. Dead Windows

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