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MP3 Isthmus - Land Bridge

An epic 41 minutes of cavernous lows, sparkling guitar harmonies, and angular time signatures, birthed from Baltimore''s underground metal scene.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (41:04) !
Related styles: ROCK: Post-Rock/Experimental, METAL/PUNK: Progressive Metal

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"[Isthmus] never fail to dazzle both with their sense of atmosphere and melody ... And of course it''s heavy, but they''re able to bring it to new places through sheer technical virtuosity. Just listen to the guitar runs, arpeggios, and odd time signatures on the stunning instrumental "Perihelion (III)."

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"Isthmus dynamically combine technical and compositional skills with the ability to create emotion through music, ominously chugging through sludge and doom with melodious intrigue... songs swell and shrink from booming, cavernous low-ends to delicate, sparkling melodies."

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ISTHMUS is a progressive metal band from Baltimore, MD. The four-piece group was formed in 2005 by guitarist/vocalist Noel Mueller, and drummer Chris May. Guitarist Matt Hogans and bassist Joe Kienle completed the band in 2007. Among other attempts at description, they have been called "progressive post-metal" and compared to recent acts, Russian Circles, Intronaut, Dysrhythmia and Neurosis.

In the Spring of 2008, they entered the studio to record their full-length debut album “Land Bridge.” The album was recorded and engineered by Bill Mueller* at Vision-Audio studios. Although quite melodic, “Land Bridge” twists and turns through angular riffs and crushing waves of distortion, with a level of rhythmic complexity well above the pack of recent atmospheric metal bands.

Isthmus has shared the stage with a handful of critically acclaimed acts while touring the East Coast, and in their home town of Baltimore, including: Behold... The Arctopus (Metal Blade), Rosetta (Translation Loss), Balboa (Translation Loss), North (Cavity Records), Sea of Bones, Cargo Cult Revival, Conifer (Important Records), God Is An Astronaut, Scale The Summit, Black Pyramid, Lesbian (Holy Mountain), Khann (Black Market Activities), Wooly Mammoth, The Minor Times, Admiral Browning (Dark Harvest Records), Black September, Monolith, and many more.

*Nominated for “Best Engineered Recording” by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1984 for Michael Hedges’ “Aerial Boundaries.”

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