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Isis

Although rooted heavy metal and the punk/hardcore aesthetic, Isis' music relies just as heavily on ambience, atmosphere,andtoneasitdoescomplexity and aggression. Not so much a band per se as a musical collective, the members of the Boston. basedquintet layertheircompositions with feedback, power chords, quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that are sometimes shouted,frequently screamed,andoccasionally sung. The band was formed by Hydra Head Records owner Aaron Turner, who was hoping tocombine the minimalismofEarthandthe Melvins with the experimentalism of Godflesh, backed by the depth and power ...read more

Although rooted heavy metal and the punk/hardcore aesthetic, Isis' music relies just as heavily on ambience, atmosphere,andtoneasitdoescomplexity and aggression. Not so much a band per se as a musical collective, the members of the Boston. basedquintet layertheircompositions with feedback, power chords, quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that are sometimes shouted,frequently screamed,andoccasionally sung. The band was formed by Hydra Head Records owner Aaron Turner, who was hoping tocombine the minimalismofEarthandthe Melvins with the experimentalism of Godflesh, backed by the depth and power of theband's most obviousmusicalcounterpart,Neurosis. Itwas the union of Turner with bassist Jeff Caxide and powerhouse drummerAaron Harris that formed the coreof theIsis project in1997. Theband 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 EPatGodCityStudiosin1998, establishing Isis as a band with artistic vision and conceptual foresight. Former Cast Iron HikeguitaristMike Gallagherjoinedthelineup intime for a tour with Converge and Cavity, just as Mereshuk exited and was replaced byAgorophobic Nosebleed's JayRandall.In 1999, Isisreleased an EP titled The Red Sea through Second Nature on both 8" vinyl andCD. Randall exited the group shortlythereafterandwas replacedby Cliff Meyer, and Isis subsequently toured with Cave In thatsummer before supporting Neurosis -- who hadbecomeadmirersof the group --that winter.

In 2000, Isis produced their masterwork, the Celestial opus, which built upon the promise of the EP releases while expanding theband'sscopeto include more warmth and melody than its decidedly brutal predecessors. The band toured relentlessly initssupport with thelikesoftheDillinger Escape Plan, Candiria, and Burn It Down, releasing a follow-up of material from the Celestialsessions through Neurosis'ownNeurotRecordings in 2001. Dubbed SGNL>05, the EP expanded the conceptual and musicalthreads of Celestial, complete with a remix byoneof 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. upeffort,Panopticon,appearedtwo years later, while the two-CD remix collection Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations landed in2005.One yearlater, the band collaboratedwith the Scottish pop band Aereogramme for the 14th volume of the Konkurrent label'sIn the Fishtank series.Isis then released their nextfull-length album, In the Absence of Truth, before touring alongside Tool,whoseguitarist Adam Jones opted tojoin Isis in the studio upon thetour's completion. Jones lent his instrumental prowess to two songs,both of which appeared on the band's2009 album Wavering Radiant.

In 2010, Isis announced their decision to break up, and later that year they played their last show in Montreal. Thoughthebandwasdone,asplit EP with the Melvins featuring unrleased tracks from the Wavering Radiant sessions would appear laterthat year. Isis'finalrelease,the sprawling rarites and demos compilation Temporal, appeared late in 2012. « hide

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LPs
Wavering Radiant
2009

4
1,547 Votes
In the Absence of Truth
2006

3.9
1,479 Votes
Panopticon
2004

4.4
2,406 Votes
Oceanic
2002

4.3
1,986 Votes
Celestial
2000

3.7
863 Votes
EPs
SGNL>05
2001

3.5
184 Votes
The Red Sea
1999

3.5
256 Votes
Sawblade
1999

2.5
95 Votes
Mosquito Control
1998

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

4.3
28 Votes
Live 5
2009

4.2
29 Votes
Clearing the Eye (DVD)
2006

4.2
91 Votes
Live 4
2006

2.3
9 Votes
Live 3
2005

2.7
12 Votes
Live 2
2005

3.3
12 Votes
Live 1
2004

2.6
9 Votes
Compilations
Temporal
11/06/2012

3.6
62 Votes
Oceanic: Remixes and Reinterpretations
2005

3
92 Votes

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