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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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Get back together guys!
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Phuckin IDOTS gave these guys so much chit about the name now the changed their site to ISIS THE BAND.. PHUCKIN LOVE THESE GUYS.... Shaun and Chino right on with crosses.. Killer Show in ABQ
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Am I the only one thinking of Archer jokes
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isisIS...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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isis rocked that other isis sucks with their scribbly black logo
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F**k the infidels...F * * k Amerika....l o n g live Isis
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nicholsona09
Saw ISIS four times, some of the greatest live shows I've ever seen.
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.jake hamm. Agreed
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the name is originally the name of the Egyptian goddess of fertility, not the terrorist group
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great music, and NO they will not change their name. all hail ..........
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loubro2006
Oh is the bio correct? The band broke up four years ago or the bio needs an update?
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loubro2006
Now people feel bad for the band name. I knew eventually people would talk about the name because of....what's going on in the news. Great band no matter what, but if there was a name change to the band now I wouldn't be surprised, but I would feel bad like everyone else.
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That band name though... lol
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jonalvarez3
Extremely unfortunate
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zanwan05
Unfortunate name atm :S
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Well, then you should all be Cult of Luna fans as well! :)
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I saw them live with TOOL great show.
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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!
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The Red Sea! that is all
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cimarquez
One of the most honest bands ever. Every song is a testament to pure heavy emotion. One of the best!
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ISIS IS The BISNIS (trying to hard?)
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This sounds so much like Mastodon's Leviathan or Remission albums, freaking love the Progressive and Metal influences.
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Isis are Ok. PELICAN are much better. IMO
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markinbartle t t
Epic song.....epi c band....
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tristanhi88
gay n boring this song
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this band is truely amazing.
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Isis, I like .
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ludwig457
spirit caravan is cool as well :)
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ludwig457
check out Om, droner music
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tjsurf246
3:06 kicked my a**... EPIC
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ITAOT is teh best
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props
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joe_sheridan
What an amazing band. I can sit in the dark and listen to Panopticon over and over.
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If you like ISIS check out The Ocean, especially the Precambrian album.
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hurliegurlie 6 5 8 3
Pelican is awesome!!
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hurliegurlie 6 5 8 3
i love these guys!! love Panopticon its my favorite!!
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These guys continue to blow my mind. Im liking Pelican alot too
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Too bad they aren't together anymore, but red sparowes is the next best thing.
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Epic!~
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wish i had listened to them years ago
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What a great band! they have so much diversity to their sound. Amazing!
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F**king monster. This is one of the freakin' badest a** bands I've heard in many many years!
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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.
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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. .
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favorite band! enough said
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Isis is awsome. When your all f*cked up, they are mind blowing! Ieeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e e e !
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torcherthras h
Wavering Radiant is also amazing... imo. Got to see them on their last tour, blew me away.
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This is love. Ashamed I don't know you better
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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.
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neurosis ,neurosis,ne u r o s i s !
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