A lot of shit has already been said about Isis’ new album since its’ release in October of 2004. So without sounding to repetitive or regurgitating some bullshit that you might’ve already read, I’ll lay it down like a whore in Tijuana. Isis kicks some serious ass in regards to the genre of hard rock. Many discerning fans and critics will automatically lump hard rock and heavy metal together as brainless genres relying heavily on the triumphs of their predecessors in hopes of keeping a dying fire from burning out. And albeit true at times, Isis stands out as a unique band that relies only on their own skills. From melancholy guitar solos, to abrasive moments of undecipherable lyrics and distorted guitars, “Panopticon” delivers Isis’ message with a solid and distinct style.