Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Order of Isaz-Seven Years of Famine

Melodic and powerful Order of Isaz are one of the most recent bands to sign to France's legendary Season of Mist. There Swedish rockers have crafted something dark and powerful, the likes of which few of their peers can really match up too. Their latest masterpiece Seven Years of Famine is a testament to the incredible power that this unique brand of dark rock can have over the listener. Often symphonic and rife with emotion, this is not an album that you just listen too and throw away, no, Order of Isaz are something more, musical masters for the ages.

One of the things that most appeals to me about this record is the brilliance of the guitar line. They give a wonderful depth to the music and help the listener lose themselves to the bands epic soundscapes. Perhaps the best example of this is on the track Drowning, which uses a repetitive guitar motif to fully engage the listener. Meanwhile, the twin guitar lines that come in on songs like Umbra Sombra really add a touch of Thin Lizzy and further develop the sound. I also would like to say that the vocals are really well done and often very layered. Fronted by a man who can deliver lines with a stunning passion, Tobias Sidegard rapidly becomes a metal shaman, guiding all into a dark world of magic and mystery.

Order of Isaz certainly are a bit of an outlier, and I will admit, at first I wasn't sure what to make of them. Yet after multiple spins of Seven Years of Famine it starts to become possible to grasp what this band is on about. Sure they're very different from anything else out there right now, but that's good. In fact it helps to make the entire thing more engaging. Gothic and filled with a stark frozen might, it's easy to fall in love with this record. Johnny Hagel (Formerly of Tiamat) and crew have really managed to pull together something magical here and I'm excited to hear how it develops in the future!

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