In The Fishtank 14 review by ISIS

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  • Released: Sep 25, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
ISIS: In The Fishtank 14
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Sound — 10
The fourteenth installment of the "In The Fishtank" project, run by the Konkurrent label brings together two bands each with a different approach towards music and lets them record together over the course of two days. Isis is a popular post metal band, who specialize in building epic atmospheric songs, whereas Aerogramme aim for a softer approach, focusing on more on pop rock. The two bands different styles mesh in this CD to create something that sounds different from what the band would do individually, and the result is fantastic. If I had to judge, I would tie this album to Isis more than Aerogramme, as it fits thematically and musically somewhere between the sludge metal Oceanic and the more cultured tones of Panopticon (Though the album was recorded in 2005) The album has an almost hypnotic groove throughout, making it a mesmerizing listen. Crescendos are rife, slow and sweet, and the songs never like they're direction-less. Aaron Harris plays the drums masterfully, with his awesome ever-changing rhythms, the guitars are warm and fuzzy, and the vocals are powerful yet ethereal.

Lyrics — 8
There are three tracks on this all too short CD: Low Tide Delial Stolen and of these, only Low Tide has any lyrics. However the singing is spot on, with Craig B. of Aerogramme providing a heart tugging chorus. However, as is the case with most Isis songs, the vocals are put to the side for Delial and Stolen. This helps Low Tide stand out even more from the rest of the CD.

Overall Impression — 10
Low Tide may be one of the best songs Isis has ever done, combining the Oceanic metal groove with clean emotional vocals. The rest of the CD does not disappoint, and altogether the CD fits quite nicely in Isis's discography, and accompanies Oceanic brilliantly. The groove throughout the album makes it an excellent record to chill out to. If you are a fan of Isis or anything post metal, then this is a must have. If you are just a casual music fan, BEWARE! Low tide may just sweep you away...

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