Mosquito Control [EP] Review

artist: Isis date: 05/18/2007 category: compact discs
Isis: Mosquito Control [EP]
Release Date: Apr 3, 2001
Label: Escape Artist
Genres: Grindcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
Number Of Tracks: 4
With this EP, their second release, Isis starts really developing their own style of dense, down-tempo hardcore sludge metal with electronic accents, possessed screaming vocals, and a generally bleak atmosphere.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 7
 Overall rating:
 8.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 7.3 
 Users rating:
 8.8 
 Votes:
 10 
review (1) 5 comments vote for this album:
overall: 7.3
Mosquito Control [EP] Reviewed by: GarageGuitarist, on may 18, 2007
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Sound: Isis's later material moved away from riff-based music, instead focusing solely on creating ambient soundscapes with a huge palette of notes, while this is intriguing, and perhaps a change for the better, Isis's first recording, the Mosquito Control EP, showcases their talent for writing crushingly heavy riffs. "Poison Eggs" builds from the clean-guitar simplicity that would become their trademark, to a brutal groove-metal riff, top-notch metal. There are many sections where pure chaos takes hold, and the drums do little to keep time, instead, the drummer chooses to hammer away, only adding to the meter-less chaos. While this is interesting at first, it crops up a lot and can get tedious. Aaron Turner's vocals are unintelligible and certainly nothing special in the metal genre, but they're not bad, and with later recordings, they get better. At times, the music starts sounding a bit amateur, as if Isis is trying a little too hard to be experimental, but pretty soon it comes back to a heavy, sludgy riff, and everything is good again. Don't get me wrong, I love the softer parts of Isis's music, but on this recording, they haven't really polished off their art yet, it would have been better for them to stick to the heavy stuff, which is what they do best on this album. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics are pretty abstract, revolving around two central themes, that of the mosquito, which seems to be sucking the narrator dry, and that of the control tower, an omniscient watcher. Turner writes better on their later albums, but all in all, the lyrics are pretty decent. I already touched on the vocals in the "Sound" section, because I feel that the vocals contribute to Isis's sound as more of just another instrument anyway. // 7

Overall Impression: This album definitely doesn't stand up to Isis's later work, which is much more polished and showcases better musicianship. Mosquito Control certainly shouldn't be the album to introduce you to Isis, either, as it is not very accessible (people looking to get into Isis should look for either Panopticon, or Oceanic). This album has some excellent riffery, pretty good atmosphere, and it's damned heavy, but at times it's also a bit amateur-sounding. I feel that the most impressive songs are "Poison Eggs" and "Life Under The Swatter". If it were lost or stolen, I would probably buy it again. // 7

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