Psychedelic, technical, riddled with death and dream like soundscapes as well as a smattering of haunting atmospheres for good measure ISA takes you on a complete journey. Chimera is the name of the record and it holds eleven hallucinatory tracks that steal your mind away and have it wander through continuous, vibrant and vast soundscapes all throughout. This release plays as one long track broken up in to parts and the way in which ISA has woven each of the parts together to create a cohesive sound is great. Your dream like trance is never broken while listening through Chimera as each track bleeds in to the next continuing your venture through soundscape after soundscape.
Chimera is unique, dynamic and fresh. This isn’t straight forward death metal by any means as ISA incorporates many sounds and elements in to their sound to create something wholly unique. While there are many elements at play throughout this release, nothing becomes dizzying or lost in the fray. Everything here works in harmony to create a mind bending and hallucinatory sound that keeps you enchanted. ISA changes ever so effortlessly from dark, grim death riddled passages to near serene dream like passages that take your mind further and further away from you. One moment you can be subject to harsh blast beats and manic screams and the next you are treated to a calming atmospheric acoustic sound. Never does ISA lurch from one to the next and back again as they keep everything fluid and cohesive.
The overall sound that ISA gives off is mesmerizing to say the least. Chimera certainly is a record that you can get lost within for some time. This offering has a great ability to steal you away from the world for its run time and let you bask in all of its technical, progressive and atmospheric glory. It is easy to sit and listen to this record over and over again and it is an easy record to want to sit and listen to. None of the eleven songs over stay their welcome as they fade out in to obscurity before the next track fades in to existence and your dream continues on.
Chimera is a well rounded release, one with great musicianship, great atmospheric qualities, interesting progressive tendencies and much more. Chimera engages you right from the get go never to let your mind out of its atmospheric clutches until the very end. This is a fluid, cohesive, well rounded, heavy, atmospheric and down right great release all around. Chimera is a mind contorting effort that sticks with you once you are done listening only for you to come back to experience it again and again.
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