Issolei are a band from Norway that plays a very technical and dissonant form of black metal and this is a review of their 2021 ep "Devouring Current Pt. 1 -Crystalline Fractures" which will be released on August 31st by Terratur Possessions.
Grim black metal screams start off the ep before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. At times the music also gets very technical and dissonant sounding while also adding in a decent amount of melody and the music also has its atmospheric moments.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while clean playing can also be heard at times. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads also being done in a very dark yet melodic style, clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the recording and all of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
Issolei plays a style of black metal that is very technical and dissonant sounding as well as demonstrating a great amount of talent and skill. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark, scientific and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Issolei are a very great sounding dissonant and technical black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Shifting Strands". 8 out of 10.