Rock / Metal LP From 2004 - LTD Repress =- Panopticon' is considered as one of the greatest albums in the field of post-metal, post-rock's much heavier and riffier cousin. With frontman and guitarist Aaron Turner at the helm, ISIS broke further and further away from the sludge metal of earlier releases into much more atmospheric and dreamy territories, featuring textures lent from shoegaze, dream pop, and prog. Thematically, 'Panopticon' concerns surveillance and the government's role in implenting such technologies. Tool bassist Adam Jones guests.
Boasting a confident, mature and emotionally positive array of carefully crafted songs, Isis's appeal does not lie with the metal crowd alone. Their records sit just as comfortably next to the likes of Mogwai / Godspeed as they do Converge, Tool, Neurosis, Old Man Gloom etc. With guest bass on "Altered Course" by Justin Chancellor of Tool and production courtesy of Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam, etc.), Panopticon is the pinnacle of Isis' considerable sonic achievements to date; a sprawling epic that will cement their place in underground legend the world over.