When it comes to doom metal, there’s a shit ton of awesome acts. From atmospheric doom to funeral doom the genre has never ceased to amaze me with its diversity and high quality bands. Curse the Son’s brand new stoner doom record “Isolator” is evidence that the genre will only continue to get even more great, and you will see why the moment you start playing this record.
Most people associate doom metal with crushing guitars and bass that really bash your brains in with a slow tempo that is both hypnotic and immensely entertaining, and “Isolator” is no acception to that association. While it’s not as slow as say funeral doom, you can still get behind the tempo that is relatively slower but still manages to pack a real punch even when the guitars and bass can stop being heavy and have a more rock orientated feel only to switch back to the intense metal. Then there are riffs that really wrap themselves around your brain and make you nod your head repeatedly to manage the beat of the excellent drums, and the vocals have a great sound to them that go really well with the style of the rest of the band that from time to time swaps from the real heaviness to a more mellow feel that pulls you out and puts everything in perspective only to throw you back into the fire soon after. These aren’t particularly long songs either with the longest being a little over seven minutes, so that aspect of really long tracks doesn’t persist for this doom album but Curse the Son show that they can still make it work as they keep everything interesting and just captivate you to keep listening because you’ve no idea what they’re going to pull next.
In the end, “Isolator” is an extremely enjoyable album not for any doom fan but anyone who likes a little bit of several different things put into one album and the end result being something monstrously good. Curse the Son show that they know exactly what they’re doing, that they know how to do it right, and that they will make want to come back for more and more every single time.
“Isolator” releases on March 18th!
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