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ISIS
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Background information
Also known as Isis
Isis The Band
Celestial (2018)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Sludge Metal (early), Post-Metal, Progressive Metal
Years active 1997 - 2010; 2018 (As Celestial)
Labels Ipecac, Robotic Empire, Hydra Head, Escape Artist, Neurot
Associated acts 5ive, Jesu, Old Man Gloom, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cave-In, Windmills By The Ocean, Blind Spring, Palms, Pression, Red Sparowes, Taiga, Crone, Cable, House of Low Culture, Zozobra, Lotus Eaters, Drawing Voices, Greymachine, Hollowmen, Sumac, Twilight, Mustard Gas and Roses, Cast Iron Hike, Ultracide, Seal Team 666, Blotter Acid Eucharist, Japanese Torture Comedy Hour
Website Official Website

Isis (sometimes stylized as ISIS) were an American post-metal metal band founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1997 but later based in Los Angeles, California. They borrowed from and helped to evolve the post-metal sound pioneered by bands such as Neurosis and Godflesh, characterized by lengthy songs focusing on repetition and intricate evolution of structure. The band's sound in their early days were punchy and abrasive yet complex as was their manic vocal delivery. The band's sound evolved by later albums with cleaner vocals and brighter, almost crystalline tones.

Releasing a total of five albums in their career, gaining significant critical acclaim and touring all over the world, Isis's last studio album Wavering Radiant was released on 5 May 2009. They disbanded in June 2010 with their final tour being alongside one of their all-time favorite bands The Melvins (also just before the release of a split EP with Melvins).

Isis's name stems from the major goddess in the ancient Egyptian mythology, later spread through the Greco-Roman world. She was worshipped as the archetypal wife and mother and she's regarded as a symbol of womanhood.

HistoryEdit

The Beginnings of ISIS: Celestial (1997 - 2001)Edit

Signing to Ipecac: Oceanic and Panopticon (2002 - 2005)Edit

Not in Rivers, But in Drops: In The Absence of Truth (2006 - 2008)Edit

The End of ISIS: Wavering Radiant (2009 - 2010)Edit

Subsequent Activities and AftermathEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Celestial (2000, Escape Artist)
  • Oceanic (2002, Ipecac)
  • Panopticon (2004, Ipecac)
  • In The Absence of Truth (2006, Ipecac)
  • Wavering Radiant (2009, Ipecac)

Extended PlaysEdit

  • Mosquito Control (1998, Escape Artist)
  • Sawblade (1999, Hydra Head; Tortuga)
  • The Red Sea (1999, Second Nature)
  • Holy Tears (2006, Ipecac Recordings)
  • Not in Rivers, but in Drops (2008, Ipecac Recordings)

Oceanic RemixesEdit

  • Oceanic Remixes Volume I (2004, Robotic Empire)
  • Oceanic Remixes Volume II (2004, Robotic Empire)
  • Oceanic Remixes Volume III (2004, Robotic Empire)
  • Oceanic Remixes Volume IV (2004, Robotic Empire)
  • Oceanic Remixes / Reinterpretations (2004, Daymare Recordings)

The Live SeriesEdit

  • Live 1 - 09.23.03 (2004, Electric Human Project)
  • Live 2 - 03.19.03 (2004, Self-Released)
  • Live 3 - 12.17.04 (2005, Self-Released)
  • Live 4 - Selections 2001-2005 (2006, Self-Released)
  • Live 5 - 07.23.06 (2009, Self-Released)
  • Live VI (2012, Self-Released)
  • Live VII (2017, Ipecac Recordings)

Misc. ReleasesEdit

  • 1998 Demo (Demo) (June 1998, Self-Released)
  • Isis / Pig Destroyer (Split with Pig Destroyer) (2000, Relapse Records)
  • In the Fishtank 14 (Collaboration with Aereogramme) (2006, Konkurrent)
  • Clearing the Eye (DVD) (2006, Ipecac Recordings)
  • Shades of the Swarm (Box Set) (2008, Conspiracy Records)
  • Expanded Edition (Box Set) (2010, Daymare Recordings)
  • Melvins / Isis (Split with Melvins) (2010, Hydra Head Records)
  • Live I-VI (Box Set) (2012, Daymare Recordings)
  • Temporal (Compilation) (2012, Ipecac Recordings)

MembersEdit

  • Aaron Turner - Guitar, Vocals (1997 - 2010, 2018)
  • Jeff Caxide - Bass (1997 - 2010, 2018)
  • Aaron Harris - Drums (1997 - 2010, 2018)
  • Michael Gallagher - Guitars (1999 - 2010, 2018)
  • Bryant Clifford Meyer - Electronics (1999 - 2010, 2018)
  • Chris Mereschuk - Electronics (1997 - 1998)
  • Randy Larsen - Guitar (1998 - 1999)
  • Jay Randall - Electronics (1999)

List of Known ToursEdit

  • 1999 North American Tour (1999)
  • 2001 North American Tour (With Napalm Death, Soilent Green) (2001)[1]
  • Knut/ISIS North American Tour (With Knut, Thrones on select dates) (2002)[2]
  • Oceanic North American Tour (2002)[3]
  • 2003 European Tour (2003)[4]
  • 2004 European Tour (2004)[5]
  • Panopticon North American Tour (With These Arms Are Snakes) (2004)[6]
  • EXTREME THE DOJO VOL.11 (With Converge, Mastodon) (2005)
  • 2005 European Tour (With Jesu) (2005)[7]
  • In The Absence of Truth North American Tour (With These Arms Are Snakes, Zombi, Dalek) (2006)[8]
  • 2006 North American Tour (With Tool) (2006)[9]
  • 2007 Japan Tour (With These Arms Are Snakes, Boris) (2007)
  • 2007 Australia/New Zealand Tour (With These Arms Are Snakes, Laura) (2007)[10]
  • 2007 North American Tour (With Intronaut, Torche, Zozobra; Jesu intended but dropped off) (2007)[11][12]
  • 2007 European Tour (With Oxbow) (2007)[13]
  • 10th Anniversary Tour (With 27) (2007)[14]
  • 2008 European Tour (With Jakob, The Austerity Program) (2008)[15]
  • December 2008 European Tour (With Torche) (2008)
  • Wavering Radiant North American Tour (With Pelican, Tombs, Keelhaul on select dates)(2009)[16][17]
  • Wavering Radiant Summer European Tour (With Destructo Robots) (2009)[18]
  • Wavering Radiant Fall European Tour (With Altar of Plagues, Mothlite, Mammifer Dälek, Keelhaul, Circle depending on dates) (2009)[19][20]
  • Wavering Radiant Australia/New Zealand Tour (2010)[21]
  • Wavering Radiant Japan Tour (With Baroness) (2010)[22]
  • 2010 West Coast Tour (With Tombs) (2010)[23]
  • The Bride Screamed Murder North American Tour (Select dates with Melvins, Totimoshi) (2010)[24]

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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