Isdal, from Seattle, come from a dark place. They’re named after “the Isdal woman” – an unsolved death in Norway where a woman in her forties was found partially burnt and with 50 sleeping pills inside her. It’s a harrowing description to base a band off, but Isdal are precisely focused on the negative side of mankind – addiction, the human condition and politics.
The two tracks on this demo are akin to the tortoise and the hare of the metal/hardcore spectrum – the former, “Reduced // Returns”, is a bludgeoning race to the finish line, eager to pummel as Matt unleashes his fury in hoarse vocal inflections. The latter, “Weight in My Spine” begins a melodic yet melancholic trudge that gradually builds up momentum as Scotty rumbles around the drumkit, before the final minute finishes out with a grinding session riding a gnarled riff from Kris and Eric. Both songs are overlain with a blackened, oppressive quality in the raw recording, and set a strong precedent for the new tracks already waiting to be laid to wax.
Starting from a coincidental sidewalk conversation between neighbors, Isdal have since grown to incorporate members of Into the Storm, Prison (the Seattle one), and NUMB. After thrashing out their abrasive blackened hardcore sound in shows, the band are now ready to release their début two-track – with plenty more materials waiting in the wings.
Isdal’s demo will be released via digital formats.
FFO: Old Man Gloom, Botch, Coalesce, Ramlord, Cult Leader, Gaza
Vocals – Matt
Guitar – Kris
Bass – Eric
Drums – Scotty
1. Reduced // Returns
2. Weight in My Spine
Isdal – Reduced // Returns
Isdal – Weight in My Spine
Band location – Seattle, Washington
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