Isis No More…

According to a recent post on the ISIS website, they have decided to call it a day:

ISIS has reached an end. It’s hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn’t something that occurred over night and it hasn’t been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us it is time to bring it to a close. We’ve seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to thiat syndrome. We’ve had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any goals in the beginning other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play and to stay true to that ideal, so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift. As with any momentous life changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of this within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it’s best to do what we’ve always done in and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we’ve been together. The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on and them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those that truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows or both. It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you. 

In more immediate and practical terms the tour we are about to embark upon is indeed our last. We are hoping that these final live rituals can help us bring a close to the life of this band in a celebratory and reverent way and also provide us with a chance to say goodbye to many of those that have supported us over the years. While there is a measure of sadness that comes with the passing of this band, we hope that the final days can be joyous ones during which any and all that wish to come and join us will do so. It seems fitting that the last show of the tour and of our existence will take place in Montreal, the site of the very first ISIS show in 1997 though that was an unintentional  move when booking the show initially. After the tour we also plan to follow through with other projects set in motion some time ago, that is pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it. 

Thanks again to any and all,
ISIS, May 18, 2010

Thanks for the memories guys, I’m a little sad I never got to see you play in a smaller venue!

31 thoughts on “Isis No More…

  1. MAGNUS

    Wow, this sucks. I’m lucky to have not only seen them once, it was a very intimate show. I’m very sad I will not be able to see then on their “farewell” tour.

  2. sampson

    really devastated. only got to see them at soundwave. wanted to go to bar show except i was only bloody 17 (one year too short) and couldnt get in.

  3. spiralout247

    [quote comment=""]I dread the day we receive this web post from Tool, heartbreaking lol[/quote]

    wow. completely shocked by this news, but thrilled that i will have the opportunity to see this band thats on my concert “bucket list” for the very first time on the 29th! 8~)

  4. Kittaankittaan

    That’s sad news. I’ll see them for the 3rd time on June 4th, in SF, and now I’m looking forward to it even more. I got to see them open for Tool, and frankly was not impressed. I hadn’t listened to their recorded work at the time, and they sounded like muddy shite in that huge arena. Luckily, on recommendation of several TA folks, I got ahold of a bunch of CDs, and despite the cookie monster vocals, began to really dig much of it. I got to see them at this TINY little hole in the wall club in San Jose on their last tour. The stage was so small we actually couldn’t even SEE Aaron behind the drum kit – it was buried by the guitar and bass amps. Now THAT show was truly a satisfying experience, despite the hassle to get in, and then being sardined into the back of that tiny club. I am so glad I got to be there for that.

    I was really looking forward to the follow up to Wavering Radiant, which even made me start to appreciate the growl (along with Opeth and Baroness, these are the only bands for which I can begin to tolerate it). The music, writing and musicianship have just gotten better and better over their career.

    Well, I definitely understand where they’re coming from, even though it’s unclear why they feel that way at this point (and that’s best left a personal matter).

    Aaron, if you’re reading these comments (I know you were on TA at times) I wish you and the rest of the guys all the best, and hope that your various future projects give you all what you’re looking for… and hopefully kick as much ass as ISIS did. I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open.

  5. Amnesiac

    This is truly sad news.
    From the 1990s to today, ISIS have always been a band favorite of mind and I am sure their entire catalog of music has paved the way for continued and future post-metal/sludge/drone bands. I have followed ISIS since The Mosquito Control EP and almost purchased their entire catalog collection on vinyl, but unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to see a live show of theirs which I am very disappointed with.
    Although their previous two albums were pretty similar in sound and drone, much like kittaan said, I was also looking forward to their next musical progression and what kinds of new sounds they were experimenting with. I also agree with kittaan and further in that much of their talent since their early days have evolved so greatly, in sort of the spirit of TOOL where they always seemed to be pushing their own musical, lyrical and aesthetic envelopes.
    This news comes as a shock to me as well, but I am sure Aaron and the rest of ISIS have other opportunities they want to pursue, such as side projects, collaborations and I am assuming even families. It has been a helluva 13 years, ISIS, and I thank you for inspiration and your contribution to the post-metal/sludge/drone musical community.
    If anyone will be so kind as to keep us ISIS fans updated with any side projects and/or collaborations the rest of the band are involved in.

  6. st1nkf1st

    Poopyface – 10 hours ago  » 
    Eh, they were okay in my book.
    I mean c’mon guys it’s not it’s The Jonas Brothers calling it a day here or anything.

    LOL!! I couldn’t get into them……… But, yeah, if the Janus Bros called it a wrap I’d puke!!

  7. '][' [[]] [[]] ][,

    They’re leaving something out.  There’s obviously a reason they’re calling it quits, but I guess it’s too  private to have been mentioned in that article.

  8. sinvin

    Simple words cannot express the appreciation I have for this band. So many musical moments, some actually changing the course of my life.
    Dedicated follower since “Oceanic” and have enjoyed watching the growth to “Waving Radiant” which was pure genius.
    As always, I will be at their June 4th show in SF. However, this will be the last. Sad but I know these guys will go on to do great stuff.
    Just a huge “thank you” for getting me through a couple very hard moments in my life (addiction, new starts, etc). The power, emotion, and soul in the words/sounds will live on forever.
    As a wise man once said…”chin chin”…indeed.

  9. mv

    nate – 1 week ago  » 
    They’re leaving something out.  There’s obviously a reason they’re calling it quits, but I guess it’s too  private to have been mentioned in that article.

    Although I was terribly sad to read the news, it could be that they really *have* gone as far as they think they can go. I’d rather a band bow out in style than keep churning out new versions of existing songs.

  10. Amnesiac

    I am going to have to agree with mv (as sort of an extension to my previous post), I think the sound on their previous couple of albums has been meshing together almost to the point of it becoming merely slight variations on a single theme.

    Better to have ISIS burn out now and have the individual members pursue alternative experimental side projects than for the group to keep churning out similar-sounding albums and eventually drift toward mainstream alternative rock.

  11. petemasterpetecarbon copy jesus

    Isis elaborate on split:

    Speaking to Artisan News Service, the Los Angeles quintet outline the time and circumstances felt right for the split.

    “All of us have had very conflicting feelings about it, but one thing we talked about from the very early days of the band is that we never wanted to continue past the point of all of us being fully engaged in what we are doing,” vocalist and guitarist Aaron Turner said.

    Full video: http://www.theprp.com/2010/06/28/news/isis-discuss-decision-to-disband-footage-available/

  12. petemasterpetecarbon copy jesus

    The forthcoming vinyl re-release of Isis‘ “Oceanic” has been slated for a February 1st release date through Robotic Empire. The effort has been remastered and recut for the new pressing.

  13. Kittaankittaan

    petemasterpete – 27 minutes ago  » 
    The forthcoming vinyl re-release of Isis‘ “Oceanic” has been slated for a February 1st release date through Robotic Empire. The effort has been remastered and recut for the new pressing.

    Great fucking disc. I’m interested to hear it, but I don’t necessarily collect vinyl. If anybody on here snags it, please share your impressions as to any differences.

    What up, Pete? How was the vaca?

  14. petemasterpetecarbon copy jesus

    kittaan – 52 minutes ago  » 

    petemasterpete – 27 minutes ago  » 
    The forthcoming vinyl re-release of Isis‘ “Oceanic” has been slated for a February 1st release date through Robotic Empire. The effort has been remastered and recut for the new pressing.

    Great fucking disc. I’m interested to hear it, but I don’t necessarily collect vinyl. If anybody on here snags it, please share your impressions as to any differences.
    What up, Pete? How was the vaca?

    vacay was great thanx… NZ is a very nice place to get away to… holidays treat you well? Santa creep in late night ninja style and pull everything you wanted from his sac?

  15. contraption

    I have been blasting In the Absence of Truth in my car on the way to and from work for the past week.

    I wish I could afford that vinyl right now, but maybe I will see one pop up on eBay in the future.

  16. darkstarhub

    I saw ISIS open up for Tool in 06 and didnt care much for them, but it could have been the sound quality, because that was the worst sounding Tool show of the four I have been to. I just could not believe the sound quality was as bad as it was at that show, I went with my Dad telling him how much he would like it and all and it really sucked to be honest.

  17. gnjasmkr

    Wish i had $200 at the last Troubadour show. Great piece and will hopefully some day own a copy.

    Thanks for opening up an old wound basejumper hahaha

    Maybe one day they’ll play together again…

    Looks like it’s going to be an ISIS afternoon

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