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Isis

Although rooted heavy metal and the punk/hardcore aesthetic, Isis' music relies just as heavily on ambience, atmosphere, and tone as it does complexity and aggression. Not so much a band per se as a musical collective, the members of the Boston-based quintet layer their compositions with feedback, power chords, quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that are sometimes shouted, frequently screamed, and occasionally sung. The band was formed by Hydra Head Records owner Aaron Turner, who was hoping to combine the minimalism of Earth and the Melvins with the experimentalism of Godflesh, backed by the depth and power of the band's most obvious musical counterpart, Neurosis. It was the union of Turner with bassist Jeff Caxide and powerhouse drummer Aaron Harris that formed the core of the Isis project in 1997. The band recorded a demo that year with guitarist Randy Larson, garnering the attention of Escape Artist Records.

With noisemaker Chris Mereshuk on keyboards/samples and minus Larson, the band recorded the The Mosquito Control EP at God City Studios in 1998, establishing Isis as a band with artistic vision and conceptual foresight. Former Cast Iron Hike guitarist Mike Gallagher joined the lineup in time for a tour with Converge and Cavity, just as Mereshuk exited and was replaced by Agorophobic Nosebleed's Jay Randall. In 1999, Isis released an EP titled The Red Sea through Second Nature on both 8" vinyl and CD. Randall exited the group shortly thereafter and was replaced by Cliff Meyer, and Isis subsequently toured with Cave In that summer before supporting Neurosis -- who had become admirers of the group -- that winter.

In 2000, Isis produced their masterwork, the Celestial opus, which built upon the promise of the EP releases while expanding the band's scope to include more warmth and melody than its decidedly brutal predecessors. The band toured relentlessly in its support with the likes of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Candiria, and Burn It Down, releasing a follow-up of material from the Celestial sessions through Neurosis' own Neurot Recordings in 2001. Dubbed SGNL>05, the EP expanded the conceptual and musical threads of Celestial, complete with a remix by one of the band's heroes, Godflesh's electronic wizard Justin Broadrick.

Oceanic became the band's breakthrough record, receiving positive reviews upon its release in 2002. The follow-up effort, Panopticon, appeared two years later, while the two-CD remix collection Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations landed in 2005. One year later, the band collaborated with the Scottish pop band Aereogramme for the 14th volume of the Konkurrent label's In the Fishtank series. Isis then released their next full-length album, In the Absence of Truth, before touring alongside Tool, whose guitarist Adam Jones opted to join Isis in the studio upon the tour's completion. Jones lent his instrumental prowess to two songs, both of which appeared on the band's 2009 album Wavering Radiant.

In 2010, Isis announced their decision to break up, and later that year they played their last show in Montreal. Though the band was done, a split EP with the Melvins featuring unrleased tracks from the Wavering Radiant sessions would appear later that year. Isis' final release, the sprawling rarites and demos compilation Temporal, appeared late in 2012. ~ Ryan J. Downey, Rovi
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jonalvarez3
Extremely unfortunate
zanwan05
Unfortunate name atm :S
Well, then you should all be Cult of Luna fans as well! :)
I saw them live with TOOL great show.
Bummed I wasn't fortunate enough to have ever gotten to see them live. At least I have the great fortune of having been turned on to their music, which will live on forever!
The Red Sea! that is all
cimarquez
One of the most honest bands ever. Every song is a testament to pure heavy emotion. One of the best!
ISIS IS The BISNIS (trying to hard?)
This sounds so much like Mastodon's Leviathan or Remission albums, freaking love the Progressive and Metal influences.
Isis are Ok. PELICAN are much better. IMO
markinbartle t t
Epic song.....epi c band....
tristanhi88
gay n boring this song
this band is truely amazing.
Isis, I like .
ludwig457
spirit caravan is cool as well :)
ludwig457
check out Om, droner music
tjsurf246
3:06 kicked my a**... EPIC
ITAOT is teh best
props
joe_sheridan
What an amazing band. I can sit in the dark and listen to Panopticon over and over.
If you like ISIS check out The Ocean, especially the Precambrian album.
hurliegurlie 6 5 8 3
Pelican is awesome!!
hurliegurlie 6 5 8 3
i love these guys!! love Panopticon its my favorite!!
These guys continue to blow my mind. Im liking Pelican alot too
Too bad they aren't together anymore, but red sparowes is the next best thing.
Epic!~
wish i had listened to them years ago
What a great band! they have so much diversity to their sound. Amazing!
F**king monster. This is one of the freakin' badest a** bands I've heard in many many years!
Holy Sh*t! Only two words for what I have just heard. Only thing missing is some dirty B3 a little low on gun oil and I would have shot every wad I ever had in my poor nuts!! Good thing that didn't happen because I plan on reproducing a little more before my penis shrivels up.
So sad they are no more. . along with Tool they are my favorite group. Everything they have released has been so different yet so similar to their other records. No other band blends the complex overtones together so well and builds apon them as ISIS does. . Check out Pelican's record 'what we all come to need'. Its the next best thing to hearing the beast that is ISIS. .
favorite band! enough said
Isis is awsome. When your all f*cked up, they are mind blowing! Ieeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e !
torcherthras h
Wavering Radiant is also amazing... imo. Got to see them on their last tour, blew me away.
This is love. Ashamed I don't know you better
It;s good they went out on a hi note instead of hangin around to beat a dead horse , like a buncha my other favorite band , which I won't mention.
neurosis ,neurosis,ne u r o s i s !
Sucks that they split
nationstates u s e r
Hopefully Neurosis sticks around for a while. Sad to see them go, but as they said they were ready to stop, and didn't want their music to repeat itself.
integra505
RIP ISIS... These guys have been in heavy rotation on my mp3 player since I saw them live while touring Oceanic. Amazing band, amazing music, amazing live shows. They will always be one of my favorite bands.
stevil1224
Got to see them on Monday, my third and final time. They will be missed...
Sorry to hear they're breaking up.
a-wal16
RIP Isis. You guys will be sorely missed.
They're more like background music than full-on songs. So textural and atmospheric, the songs just kind of hum along. Good, but could have more going on. Great driving music, though, or in the background while painting, welding, etc.
Cult of Luna is a band sort of similar to Isis....and for Mike Hawk's comment...Ca l l i s t o and Minsk are very good ... Callisto sounding a lot like Isis....POST METAL RULES!
They don't sound like Tool at all....both are very good bands. I actually missed Isis when they opened for Tool and I was very mad about that....Tool put on an amazing show though.
They should have never opened for tool. They also should have never started sounding like a heavier tool.
Dethklok did put on a good show, but they didn't have s**t on Mastodon!
I've never really listened to this kind of music, but it sounds really good, I'll dig deeper....
dickwhiplash 2 3
saw this so called band open up for Tool. This band makes good music to pick your nose to!

Hail Satan!!
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