Isole is strangely prolific for an epic doom metal band. Their new album, Born from Shadows, is their fifth album in six years. That’s pretty ridiculous no matter which way you look at it. Even the band has no idea how they do it, as Crister Olsson tells me that he doesn’t know how they release so many albums, especially considering that there are parents of young children in this band.
The band’s new album, Born From Shadows, is definitely a doom metal album. There’s no mistaking it for anything else. Isole shows that they still write doom metal and it’s great. The vocals can be either hit or miss. Sometimes the high notes fit, sometimes the high notes just don’t belong. I wanna hear more screaming in the record. It’s some of the best screaming you’ll hear all year, no kidding, and bringing it up more in the mix at the proper times (middle-end of the title track for example) will help make it more dark in my opinion.
Either way, Born From Shadows is an astonishingly solid piece of work and another winner in this band’s quickly growing catalog, and my complaints above are minor compared to the album as a whole. Even more astonishing is that it manages to even still differentiate itself from the previous album Silent Ruins (released in 2009) because of how dark it is. Seriously. I could cut through the darkness in this record. If you’re a Candlemass fan you’ll be right at home. I can’t and won’t call it thoroughly trendsetting in the doom metal scene, but it’s still a cut above most doom metal, that’s for sure. If they continue at this pace, they’ll have more solid records than most classic rock bands in half the time.
As hinted above, we had the opportunity to interview Crister Olsson (Guitar/ Vocals) which you can find below.
Tell us about yourselves for the people who’ve never heard of you here.
What was the process for recording Born From Shadows like?
Is there a concept behind Born From Shadows?
How was it working with Jens Bogren (the legendary producer of many famous metal bands)
Do you guys intend to continue the concept of the previous album, Silent Ruins?
How are you all so prolific, especially compared to similar artists in your genre?
How do you all intend to tour behind this album?