Today, CVLT Nation offers up a stream of “Closing A Circle,” from German blackened doom rockers, ISOLATION. “Closing A Circle” is the title track from the band’s recently released debut full-length. Commented guitarist/vocalist Johannes Schmid: “The song is certainly one of the strongest tracks on the album and that’s why we chose it as the title track. The song contains nearly all elements that define our music. Lyrically, the song is about those moments in life where mistakes seem to repeat themselves and you feel you cannot to do anything about it.”
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Five years after ISOLATION released their first demo, Striding On The Path Of Nihil, Eisenwald finally presents their debut album. Appropriately titled Closing A Circle, the record, which was mixed and mastered at Studio Die Tonmeisterei (Long Distance Calling, Tephra, Omega Massif, etc.), marks the end of an era for the band. “Releasing our debut album was an important step to us and we wanted to make sure that we found our very own sound– so we took our time,” explains guitarist/vocalist Johannes Schmid. Musically, ISOLATION have been constantly evolving from the angry, chaotic, depressive black metal of Striding On The Path Of Nihil and the doomish second demo, A Prayer For The World To End, towards calmer more atmospheric regions, reaching its peak with the mesmerizing extensive riffing on Bleak.
ISOLATION in 2011 can generally be described as atmospheric, melancholic rock/metal with mostly clean singing tempered by occasional outbursts of harsh vocals. While hints of early black metal as exposed on their earlier offerings remain buried within their collective ambiance, it is indeed difficult to give ISOLATION’s style a definitive label.
“ISOLATION will go down well with the Isis, Cult Of Luna, A Storm Of Light, Neurosis crowd and with those who love Agalloch’s The Mantle. Music to sit down and listen to.” — Lords Of Metal