Isole, originally formed under the name Forlorn, way back in 1990 before changing to Isole
in 2003. They have released 7 full lengths albums and 'Anesidora', their 8th album. Isole are
a 4 piece with Daniel Brynste and Crister Olsson on guitars, Jimmy Mattsson on bass and
Victor Parri on drums. Mattsson provides harsh vocals while Brynste and Olsson provide
Lots of great harmonies and cleanly sung passages blend with big riffs and dreamy solos.
Grand soundscapes are created with multiple layers and clever song structures with minimal
fuzz or sludge. Typical of this style really, expect longish songs with plenty of time given to
create atmosphere. There is great respect due to any band that reconsiders their approach
as personal and personnel relationships change in the course of their history and it’d seem
Isole is highly sensitive to not only their chemistry as performers but surely considers the
strengths of each member when composing.
So, they are back and what are they doing different? There is the sense going into
'Anesidora' that Isole have something to say and are driven to express this side of
themselves regardless. Bryntse’s vocals have hit a truly beautiful stride between sensitivity
and pure heavy metal soaring that manages an earnest appeal this time around. The
melodies are not forced or readily apparent from song to song, but when the bigger hooks
do come they are enormous in their impact.