Wavering Radiant

Ipecac Recordings
Release date
5 May 2009
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hall of the Dead 7:37 85,766
2 Ghost Key 8:27 75,929
3 Hand of the Host 10:40 67,026
4 Wavering Radiant 1:47 89,173
5 Stone to Wake a Serpent 8:28 61,871
6 20 Minutes / 40 Years 7:03 42,574
7 Threshold of Transformation 9:50 56,472

About this album

Wavering Radiant is the fifth and final full-length album by American post-metal group Isis, released by Ipecac Recordings in 2009 and produced by Joe Barresi. It stands as Isis’ last full-length album, as the band split just over a year after its release. The album continues Isis’ history of lengthy songwriting, yet presents a slight departure from the soft-loud dynamics and post-metal aesthetic which characterized previous releases. Reviewers noted a continued increase in melody from previous releases, and many were quick to note an increased prominence of keyboardist Bryant Clifford Meyer’s work, using a Hammond B3 organ. In keeping with Isis’ retinue of concept albums, a thematic strand runs throughout, dealing with dreams and Jungian psychology. Critical appraisal was largely positive, with some critics deeming it Isis’ finest album; it also appeared on a handful of best-of lists at the close of the year. Commercially, it was Isis’ most successful release ever, breaching the Billboard 200 for the first time and gaining international chart presence. It was ranked in the year-end lists by a number of reputed publications. To promote the album, Isis embarked on a world tour and shot a music video.

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  • bartende_r

    This album makes me so nostalgic. Man I miss ISIS...

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MartianReaper

    a perfect swan song for this amazing band [3] ISIS gave me so much. Thanks you guys!

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • stranging

    this album is so amazing i have no idea how people wouldn't like this.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    lol why the hell is ONLY the LAST song brickwalled? wtf ?

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • CrimsonThatIsMe

    This is an amazing album for a closer. Isis couldn't have gone off with a bang better than this

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • napr1mer

    "this is perhaps Isis' most aesthetically complete album" [4]

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Yaotzen

    "this is perhaps Isis' most aesthetically complete album" [3]

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • froody1911

    "this is perhaps Isis' most aesthetically complete album" [2] This album is a grower. Their most progressive album, and one of the best progressive metal albums ever made.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheSeaDepths

    PT-Fox the problem is that in your "seen live" list ISIS are missing, and believe me, when your hear the songs of this album live, if you ever get that chance (and i hope you do! ehe), your opinion will about WR will radically change, I promise you that. ;)

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • emptycookiejar1

    It's cool to have your own opinion, but when it's as patently wrong as PT-Fox then you're better off by not saying anything.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • endofsomething

    It's a wonderful album with great production.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • gab136

    Definately one of the best albums.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • PT-Fox

    Absolutely inferior to every album that preceeded it. The band tore itself apart; it was very clear that they had no idea what to do with the sound they had created and instead of falling to stagnation, they made a stupid decision to go all prog rock on us. This wasn't a swansong as much as it was involuntary suicide.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Goldmember1213

    The organ on this album is other worldly

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Slaything

    I want to like this album but I can't get over the production. Way too much bass.. it sounds too thick and stifling..

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Dis_Con_Nec_Ted

    Even though this album is more fine-tuned and polished to previous albums, this is perhaps Isis' most aesthetically complete album. Everything from the sound, song structures, the mood(s) and the album art. "20 Minutes / 40 Years" is a prime example of this and can easily be considered one of their greatest songs to date. Love it.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CokeinmySoup

    Hand Of The Host totally reminds me of Tool. This whole album is a masterpiece, shame their gone.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • jmedran

    I'm going to give this album another chance. This time listening to it really loud.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • m_afatah

    IMO their best album .... and one of the greatest ever

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Anarx

    Their last gift to the universe.

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
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