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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 theBoston-based quintet layer their compositions with feedback, power chords, quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that aresometimes shouted, frequently screamed, and occasionally sung. The band was formed by Hydra Head Records owner AaronTurner, who was hoping to combine the minimalism of Earth and the Melvins with the experimentalism of Godflesh, backed bythe dept ...read more

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 theBoston-based quintet layer their compositions with feedback, power chords, quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that aresometimes shouted, frequently screamed, and occasionally sung. The band was formed by Hydra Head Records owner AaronTurner, who was hoping to combine the minimalism of Earth and the Melvins with the experimentalism of Godflesh, backed bythe depth and power of the band's most obvious musical counterpart, Neurosis. It was the union of Turner with bassist JeffCaxide and powerhouse drummer Aaron Harris that formed the core of the Isis project in 1997. The band recorded a demothat 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 atGod City Studios in 1998, establishing Isis as a band with artistic vision and conceptual foresight. Former Cast Iron Hikeguitarist Mike Gallagher joined the lineup in time for a tour with Converge and Cavity, just as Mereshuk exited and wasreplaced by Agorophobic Nosebleed's Jay Randall. In 1999, Isis released an EP titled The Red Sea through Second Nature onboth 8" vinyl and CD. Randall exited the group shortly thereafter and was replaced by Cliff Meyer, and Isis subsequentlytoured 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 expandingthe band's scope to include more warmth and melody than its decidedly brutal predecessors. The band toured relentlessly inits support with the likes of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Candiria, and Burn It Down, releasing a follow-up of material from theCelestial sessions through Neurosis' own Neurot Recordings in 2001. Dubbed SGNL>05, the EP expanded the conceptual andmusical 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'sIn 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 totwo 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 theband was done, a split EP with the Melvins featuring unrleased tracks from the Wavering Radiant sessions would appear laterthat year. Isis' final release, the sprawling rarites and demos compilation Temporal, appeared late in 2012. « hide

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LPs
Wavering Radiant
2009

4
1,422 Votes
In the Absence of Truth
2006

3.9
1,353 Votes
Panopticon
2004

4.4
2,198 Votes
Oceanic
2002

4.3
1,802 Votes
Celestial
2000

3.7
770 Votes
EPs
SGNL>05
2001

3.5
166 Votes
The Red Sea
1999

3.5
238 Votes
Sawblade
1999

2.6
85 Votes
Mosquito Control
1998

3.6
197 Votes
Live Albums
Live 6 (11/16/2007)
02/14/2012

4.4
22 Votes
Live 5
2009

4.2
26 Votes
Clearing the Eye (DVD)
2006

4.2
88 Votes
Live 4
2006

2.2
8 Votes
Live 3
2005

2.7
9 Votes
Live 2
2005

3.3
11 Votes
Live 1
2004

2.6
7 Votes
Compilations
Temporal
11/06/2012

3.6
49 Votes
Oceanic: Remixes and Reinterpretations
2005

3
90 Votes

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