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6/18/10 New York City, New York -

Before getting in depth about the Isis’ performance, let me say that Isis are without a doubt one of the most consistent bands this decade has seen.  In fact, they are generally the first act linked with quality post-metal, as their influence has been that defining.  After all, they practically own the genre.  It all started with their first full-length, way back in 2000, when the gritty and often brutal Celestial was released, but the tidal wave of followers had not come until after Oceanic dropped in 2002. Ever since, Isis never looked back at what they were doing and how they approached their music, until last month, May 18th to be exact.  That date was the end of Isis and the end of an era, and they certainly were not leaving quietly.

Due to Webster Hall’s petty dance parties that begin at 11:00 P.M., the show started and ended rather early, and Isis took much of the grunt from that(approximately three songs cut short from their standard tour setlist).  Unlike many bands, Isis performed their own soundcheck and set up most of their equipment, showing their business-like approach to shows.  Once everything was in place, they wasted no time, beginning with the tremendous closer from Wavering Radiant, ”Threshold of Transformation.”  From that moment on, the crowd moved with every beat and crushing riff, and while Isis hardly prance around on stage, they are fully enveloped in each song, headbanging as far back and as far forward as humanly possible while still executing cleanly and precisely.  Their movements were synced with each dynamic change, whether slowly swaying or losing their shit completely.

To put it loosely, it was a marvelous sight that they still held a wealth of emotion for the songs they wrote.  But more importantly, coming into tonight, Isis could have easily played their most recent tracks, however they strayed away from a solitary set, and picked absolute gems from their best albums.  The only track played from In The Absence Of Truth was “Not In Rivers, But In Drops,” while they went with “In Fiction” and “So Did We” off Panopticon. During “Not In Rivers, But In Drops,” Webster Hall exploded during each dramatic build up.  Meanwhile, fans went into a frenzy during the colossal track that likely made them fall in love with the band, “So Did We.”  Fittingly enough, Isis closed the set with the opener off Oceanic, “The Beginning And The End,” and this is when we knew it would be their last hurrah.  And so they played, with that burning fire in their heart and the passion that produced such cornerstone albums.  Before I knew it, Isis were closing up shop and Aaron Turner’s had a select closing remark before their final track, ‘There’s a lot of fear and hatred going on around the world, so try to love each other.’

While it is sad to see such a premier act go, Turner made an important point in their closing note, stating it is better to break up before everything goes wry, or even allowing that possibility.  Isis left New York City with a bang and nothing was left behind, just the way they intended.

Isis – In Fiction

Set list:

  1. Threshold Of Transformation 
  2. (Collapse And Crush or 20 Minutes / 40 Years)
  3. Not In Rivers, But In Drops 
  4. Ghost Key 
  5. In Fiction 
  6. So Did We 
  7. The Beginning And The End

Image credit to: Derek Walenta





IsItLuck?
06.24.10
I dropped the ball on whatever the second track was, but I believe it was 20 Minutes / 40 Years.

Seriously if you're a fan of Isis and have a chance to see them, do it.

Lastly, I didn't report on The Melvins mainly because I know nothing about their catalogue and wasn't focused during their set.

Tyler
06.24.10
Good stuff but the intro is making me boil up inside GRRRRRRRR

qwe3
06.24.10
yeah same with me

mynameischan
06.24.10
ya neurosis

but isis' live dvd really is amazing, i'd like to see them in person

qwe3
06.24.10
yeah it would be cool, just to see In Fiction

robertsona
06.24.10
in before neurosis fans

robertsona
06.24.10
damn guys

IsItLuck?
06.24.10
let me explain myself, I was going to mention Neurosis, but Isis have a much bigger following, therefore more likely to be referenced.

qwe3
06.24.10
pwnd robertson

eternium
06.24.10
Soooooooooooo jealous.

Time
06.24.10
i saw them last week and the setlist was pretty much the same, they were great. i've kind of gone back and forth with liking them because i've heard so much derivative post-metal but the show turned me back on to them. although, i went for the melvins and they stole the show

Spare
06.24.10
i saw isis at soundwave at few months back. they fucking crushed me and i'm not even that big of an isis fan. had the best sound at the festival too.

also disappointed that you didn't report on melvins but whatever

Powerban
06.24.10
I seen them earlier this year and picked up some vinyl at their show in Brisbane. I wanted to hear more off Oceanic and a lot less of Wavering Radiant. The highlight of the show was being drunk and headbanging while taking a leak in the urinal when Threshold Of Transformation came on, and Carry being the encore.

Setlist:

1. Hall Of The Dead
2. Hand Of The Host
3. Holy Tears
4. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
5. Ghost Key
6. Wills Dissolve
7. Threshold Of Transformation
Encore:
8. Stone To Wake A Serpent
9. Carry

robertsona
06.24.10
oh my god i would kill to see carry (and weight even tho they didnt play that)

Tyler
06.24.10
Ryan the intro is fine I'm just a baby.

Tits McGee
06.24.10
Nice blog post. It's a shame though, I'll probably never have the chance to see Isis

Tulannical
06.24.10
missed them when they came to portland a few weeks ago :( ffuuuuuuuuuuuuu

eternium
06.24.10
Give them ten years to become legendary and they'll return, I'm confident of this.

InFiction
06.24.10
It really infuriates me that my favourite band won't even perform a show down in Australia. I know that's asking a lot but I'm completely helpless in this situation. I saw them perform at Soundwave earlier this year and they were beyond incredible, I just want to watch them perform In Fiction at least once.

Photon
06.24.10
I'm glad i saw them last year they started off with so did we ..also had weight and in fiction in the middle, It was an amazing live performance

klap
06.24.10
nothing petty about dance parties ryan

Thor
06.24.10
I saw them last summer with Pelican when they were supporting Wavering Radiant. Pretty great show, "Ghost Key" live is insanely good.

AliW1993
06.24.10
Not even a mention of the Melvins? :-(

killrobotmusic
06.24.10
Shit I can't believe I missed this...

Sabottheory
06.24.10
They didn't perform In Fiction at the gig I attended. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

IsItLuck?
06.24.10
Had this been 'just another show' I probably would have included the Melvins, but I really didn't want to take anything away from Isis

SigurFloyd
06.24.10
their set was waaaay too short for a stupid dance party. melvins seemed like they played forever :/....but isis killed it anyway.

IsItLuck?
06.25.10
Agreed.

fromtheinside
06.25.10
all i've wanted in this life was to see In Fiction live, and now i never can.

IsItLuck?
06.25.10
I wanted the same thing, just to hear that riff, you know which one. I was hoping they would repeat that for like a minute, but they didn't.

Zip
06.25.10
That's some sick tone

scissorlocked
06.25.10
hopefully I have seen them live,and it was an unforgettable experience

RIP Isis

Duderino
06.28.10
i've only seen them live twice but both times were incredible. i was lucky enough to be at their final show in montreal and it was easily one of the greatest concerts i've been to. RIP

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