The Isolation Process - “Underneath It All” (stream) (Premiere)

by Dean Brown

26 November 2013

Here at PopMatters, we always have our eyes set on the future while wrestling with the present. On the 10th of January, 2014, Swedish trio the Isolation Process will release their self-titled debut album through Version Studio Records, and today we bring you an exclusive stream of one of the best songs from their debut, “Underneath It All”.

“Underneath It All” is a fine indication of what the Isolation Process are all about: moments of tranquil mediation interrupted and crushed by tumultuous post-metal. Eschewing tired build-ups and meandering passages in favour of verse/chorus structures, The Isolation Process balances melancholy and metallic power with the same poise as fellow Swedish bands like Khoma or Katatonia. Vocalist/guitarist Thomas Henriksson is the most immediate draw, and his towering clean vocal melodies, in direct contrast with the weight of his riffs, will undoubtedly bring Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse to mind. Saying that, Henriksson does have distinct inflections of his own, and throughout The Isolation Process – produced, recorded and mixed by Michael Nordström (Switch Opens, Lingua, Jesaiah) and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma) – he delivers a dynamically striking performance backed by the rock-solid rhythm section of Anders Carlström (bass) and Patrik Rydbrand (drums).

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