Roughly seven years have passed since Isolant released their self-titled, album-length, debut demo. Those seven years have not been kind to the world, and (to put it mildly) Isolant aren’t in a kind-hearted mood either these days. Their new EP Drain is rightly summed up by the Sentient Ruin label as “6 lightless tracks of misery-infused, death-worshipping, and spine-breaking downtuned crush-depth, clad in enveloping atmospherics and scarred with an immanent sense of hopelessness and doom”.
For this new EP original member Max Furst (Malleus, The Watcher, ex-Morne) performed guitars, bass and drum programming, and he was joined by vocalist M. Alagna (Abstracter, Atrament, Ash Priso, Somnolent) and Spanish noisemaker M. Souto (Suspiral, Sepelio, S.E.K.H., Arkaik Excruciation, Excurse, ex-Bodybag).
What they’ve accomplished together on Drain has also been accurately summed up as a fusion of “cold and bleak industrial metal of acts like Spine Wrench, Godflesh, Scorn (Vae Solis era), and Skin Chamber with the atonal percussive grimness of early Swans, and the crawling heaviness and abysmal atmospherics of death-doom”.