on September 29, 2009
This record had a lot to live up to. Isis have always pushed the envelope musically, and after a while I started to doubt if they could continue doing this. So it was with great anticipation that I opened the package and placed the needle down on Side 1 of this double LP. Some 55 minutes later, as the needle slid towards the label of Side 4, I knew that Isis had managed to do it once again.
There are plenty of reviews about the music contained here, I'll focus on the vinyl presentation. The gatefold opens to reveal two heavy card-stock record sleeves, very impressive. They didn't even place the records in the pockets, they left them in their sleeves outside of the jacket to protect the jacket. Very nice. The discs themselves are gorgeous. Heavyweight colour vinyl, one disc is transluscent teal, the other opaque teal in colour. Very nice. This is a band and label who love their fans.