The Isolation Game ItalyCountry Of Origin: Italy
Disarmonia Mundi - The Isolation Game

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Cypher Drone
Structural Wound
Perdition Haze
Building An Empire Of Dust
Stepchild Of Laceration
The Isolation Game
Blacklight Rush
Ties That Bind
Losing Ground
Same Old Nails For A New Messiah
Digging The Grave Of Silence
Beneath A Colder Sun

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2009
Label: Coroner Records
Categories: Death, Melodic, Progressive

MetalBite Review by Adam M on 1/7/2010
The band has made a gleaming type of Melodic Death etal that brings some chops to the table. I can certainly hear In Flames circa about "Colony" here and if you liked that type of approach then youíll enjoy whatís to be found here.

Thereís definitely a lot of melody to be found here and a very different style to "Nebularium" which put progressiveness in the forefront. "The Isolation Game" should appeal to a certain type of listener, one that craves accessibility at the forefront. Thereís also a sort of Metalcore vibe that is to be found especially when compared directly to their other work again.

It isnít overtly present, however, and Disarmonia Mundi are still able to craft something reasonably enjoyable despite certainly stepping into more easy to listen to territory. There is certainly an excitement to be found that is infectious and overwhelms the disc as the band seem to be having fun playing their roles. The vocals alternate between harsher and clean ones in a manner that is done alright, but brings out a slightly cheesy sound in the cleaner ones.

I really liked the acoustic break to be found from 'Glimmer' as it breaks up the remaining melodic death pacing. As a whole "The Isolation Game" is pretty good, but not up to the level of quality of "Nebularium" for certain. The work just sounds overly easy to digest and like itís not trying hard enough to innovate. Get it if you like more accessible Melodic Death metal, but if this doesnít sound appealing to you, it might be better to pass on it.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6.5
Atmosphere: 7.5
Production: 7.5
Originality: 6
Overall: 7.0

Rating: 6.9 out of 10