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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wavering Radiant

1. Hall Of The Dead

2. Ghost Key

3. Hand Of The Host

4. Wavering Radiant

5. Stone To Wake A Serpent

6. 20 Minutes/40 Years

7. Treshold Of Transformation

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Track List: In The Absence Of Truth

1. Wrists Of Kings

2. Not In Rivers, But In Drops

3. Dulcinea

4. Over Root And Thorn

5. 1000 Shards

6. All Out Of Time, All Into Space

7. Holy Tears

8. Firdous E Bareen

9. Garden Of Light

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Track List: Panopticon

1. So Did We

2. Backlit

3. In Fiction

4. Wills Dissolve

5. Syndic Calls

6. Altered Course

7. Grinning Mouths

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Track List: Oceanic

1. The Beginning And The End

2. The Other

3. False Light

4. Carry

5. Untitled Track

6. Maritime

7. Weight

8. From Sinking

9. Hym

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Track List: SGNL>05

1. SGNL>05 (Final Transmission)

2. Divine Mother (The Tower Crumbles)

3. Beneath Below

4. Constructing Towers

5. Celestial (Signal Fills The Void)(Remix By Justin K. Broadrick)

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Track List: Celestial

1. Sgnl>01

2. Celestial (The Tower)

3. Glisten

4. Swarm Reigns (Down)

5. Sgnl>02

6. Deconstructing Towers

7. Sgnl>03

8. Collapse And Crush

9. C.F.T. (New Circuitry And Continued Evolution)

10. Gentle Time

11. Sgnl>04 (End Transmission)

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Track List: Holy Tears

1. Holy Tears

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Track List: Not In Rivers, But In Drops

1. Not In Rivers, But In Drops

2. Holy Tears Remix

3. Not In Rivers, But In Drops

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Track List: Temporal

1. Threshold of Transformation (Demo)

2. Ghost Key (Alternate Demo Version)

3. Wills Dissolve (Alternate Demo Version)

4. Carry (Demo)

5. False Light (Demo)

6. Grey Divide (Demo)

7. Streetcleaner

8. Hand of Doom

9. Not in Rivers, But in Drops (Melvins/Lustmord Remix)

10. Holy Tears (Thomas Dimuzio Remix)

11. Temporal

12. Way Through Woven Branches

13. Pliable Foe

14. 20 Minutes / 40 Years (Acoustic Version)

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Isis is a god...
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Love this band.
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alabastervil l i s 0
ive heard better sounds coming out of a bloated dead whale punctured by a sand encrusted driftwood
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howardb3isme
Damn Isis
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Those guys at Oden are total dicks.
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Yossarian
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Panopticon shaped me as a teenager
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sorry your(old) name was jacked by people who attack cripples and the elderly
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ryansmith312 1 5
Chris crim: well it's a good thing u wernt anywhere even close to their sessions/stu d i o time and decisions because their drummer was exactly what they needed to create their whole atmosphere .... He was a perfect match for the sound they where creating and IMO I feel their decision is /was exactly what they felt was needed to do the things they set out to accomplish
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ryansmith312 1 5
Sumac
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ryansmith312 1 5
They did u ding dong... It's Isis the band now
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Change your names! Ya ding dongs!
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ryansmith312 1 5
Saw Isis and pelican several years back in Gainesville Florida it was incredible the atmosphere both bands are able to create....to o bad Isis isn't together anymore.... Hail Isis.... If u don't have the clearing the eye DVD by Isis go f**king get it.i have been marked, mosquito tat on my left wrist
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I like them but I think their drummer is holding them back from their full potential
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Are people stupid enough to complain about the name of a band that broke up before the terrorist group of sort of the same name was even formed?
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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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nicholsona09
Saw ISIS four times, some of the greatest live shows I've ever seen.
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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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stuves9
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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jkek2242005
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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