The Isosceles Project - Oblivion's Candle
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2009
For a variety of reasons, I wasn't looking forward to reviewing this CD. One reason is the amount of times I would have to spell the word "Isosceles." Another was the little amount of time I had to be able to sit down at the computer and review it. But mostly it was because I really didn't feel like putting effort into reviewing a CD I really don't like.
It's not that the Toronto extreme prog metal band's debut release Oblivion's Candle is a bad album, technically. Anyone could argue that the three band members are extremely talented and technically sound on their instruments. I agree completely, but for a band that boasts their sound as "genre-smashing," "genuinely artistic and creative" and that "You've never seen or heard anything like The Isosceles Project," the EP is, to say the least, disappointing.
With song lengths well exceeding ten minutes, you would expect a smooth progression in sound, but no. The Isosceles Project like to dwell on the same idea for a lengthy period of time. Album opener "Doppleganger" is fourteen minutes long, which leaves plenty of room for creativity, but still, the entire first half of the song is built around the same riff. The songs are surprisingly repetitive and predictable for a band that claims to be as innovative as they do, and the overall atmosphere of the album is really dull, to say the least. There are few high energy moments, and while that may be mostly due to the production, it still takes away from fully enjoying the album.
Still, I must give praise to the band for their astounding musicianship. Guitarist Eric Euler is an amazing guitarist, and the rhythm section of the band is ridiculously good as well. But the overall repetitiveness of the album keeps me from appreciating how truly talented the band is. Hopefully their sophomore effort will be a big step up from this.