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Ilsa - Intoxicantations

Crack Pie   (1930 reviews)

Posted: 10/23/2012 | Comments: 3 | Rate:

Ilsa is a band that slipped under my radar for their first few years of existence. The first I heard of them was after A389 Records announced they had added them to their already impressive roster. Being that they hail from Washington D.C. and had released a split with Hooded Menace, I don't really know how I hadn't heard of them. Fortunately, I got my hands on their debut LP, Tutti Il Colori Del Buio thanks to my local record store. The drug induced and cult inspired doom I found in that record left me highly anticipating Intoxicantations due out on Halloween.

Intoxicantations begins with an Intro that does a great job of setting the mood for an album filled with despair. Doom is the dominate genre Ilsa wraps their sound around with slight deviations into metals other territories. It's slow, but doesn't drag too much and stays exciting by keeping song lengths down to reasonable times. Songs like Deadbeat's Ballad start off fast and keeps the pace up and out of the doom basement. Man-Made Monsters is my favorite track on the record and feels like a constant build-up that seems to go nowhere. The Scream throws out the idea that this has to be a straight up doom record and shows that the band is pulling from more than one genre for inspiration.

Ilsa is a crushing band and I think this album is going to be the beginning of a huge rise in popularity for these guys. Their blend of doom/hardcore/punk/whatever hits a level of depravity that is hard to match and sounds honest while doing so. Intoxicantations is impressive and marks another high level release from A389 this year.

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4,803 Posts
I am absolutely in love with this band and can't wait to hear all the new stuff (and finally see them in January!)
The shy retirer
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Awesome band, can't wait to hear this album.
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