One of the first 'heavy' bands I got really into. Haven't listened so much in the past few years but I have many fond memories, particularly involving their STUNNING first London show with Cult of Luna, 27 and Jonny Truant.
So long and cheers for all the good time, I guess...
Shame to see them go although i pretty much stopped paying attention after Panopticon. Some of their shows were immense, especially those around the time of Oceanic.
I'm the same, didn't get anything after Panopticon really. That show at the LA2 and the one at ULU (despite the shit venue) with Aereogramme between Oceanic and Panopticon were stupendous. Whenever I saw them after that I felt like something had been lost - it was probably the sheer mindfuck immensity of Celestial, which is an unbelievable record.
Also, the SGNL>05 EP is a vastly underrated gem.
Think i pretty have the same Isis experience as you. I got into them off the back of this comp...
If my memory serves me, did DJ Speedranch play that Isis show at LA2?
Forgot about that. Not quite sure how I did, admittedly...
I recall Speedranch, 27. CoL and Isis but not a fifth...even got a copy of that Speedranch set on my computer somehow.
I think they were on first, as far as I remember.
That said, I saw JT quite a few times around then, and in lots of support slots, so it's possible I'm just getting my wires massively crossed.
and now Isis :(
'Weight' was just immense.
You did a good job of getting bands like them and DEP pretty heavy coverage!
I actually feel a bit sick. They've been one of my favourite bands since I first had my 16 year-old mind blown by Oceanic. I think it's made worse because they were one of those groups who I never even considered might call it a day. I was unbelievably excited in the run-up to Wavering Radiant's release, more so than I have been for any other album in a long, long time. :'(
My memory might be going a bit skewiff, but did you used to play in a band at around that kinda time who played noisy post-rocky type stuff?
I'm guessing you mean The Big Sleep? Definitely wouldn't have been playing that kind of music without Isis...
I saw you guys supporting Pelican at the Underworld. Tiiiiiime ago. It was about that time I was religiously reading Rocksound and pretty much listening to nothing but Hydrahead, Godspeed, Mogwai and the Blood Brothers.
I guess you must have been on DiS at the time as well, otherwise I wouldn't have made the connection... Not entirely sure how I remembered it was you though, it popped into my head when I saw your Articulate Silences column.
Really shit news. Isis opened me up to so many incredible music too. Amazing band.
they will be missed.
Oceanic also got me into heavy music. It still is an utterly, utterly massive album. Seriously crushing. Not much has touched it since, no matter how many 'post-metal' bands try and follow its blueprint. Better to quit while you're ahead I guess.
I'm not sure if I'm mourning or I'm hungover...
and massively after Panopticon. saw them just after Panopticon w/ jesu, wish i'd gotten to see them after Oceanic.
They changed. The records were still of a very high quality. There was no going downhill; if anything, they pushed themselves to reach higher. Whether fans dug it or not. Oceanic is still FTW though, obviously.
the latter records never grabbed me as much. too much flow and not as many heart-stopping moments, outside of So Did We and the first track from the follow up.
I hear what you're saying Mike; they continued to plough their own furrow and that. Personally though I was bored shitless by everything after Panopticon.
Time for another Old Man Gloom record?
Nothing after Panopticon kept my attention for any length of time.
Might dig out Celestial later. Now THERE's a heavy record.
Isis were one of the key bands which got me into heavy music. They may have been treading water a bit with the last album, but this is still a damn shame. At least they left a more or less flawless body of work, I suppose. Be interesting to see what they do next, though none of Turner's side projects have been anywhere as good as Isis so far.
Old Man Gloom were awesome. Some of their stuff is up there with Isis' best i think. House of Low Culture on the other hand was awful.
Seminar 3 is absolutely fantastic
Complete with Caleb from Cave In's terrifying scroar
Turner and Plotkin. Minimal but fucking awesome.
This is a very sad loss. I'll just have to cherish the two times I saw them and the five amazing records they left behind. They completely blew out Bristol Bierkeller: one of the loudest and clearest sounding shows I've ever heard.
I don't think I could pick out anything they've done which is bad: every record has such amazing moments. There's that opening riff from 'So Did We' which is like a hammer blow to the ribs, those incredible drums from 'Not In Rivers, But In Drops', that wayward guitar in 'Carry', those keys leading into 'Ghost Key'.
Such a really amazing band, everything they did felt so imbued with passion, craft and care. Will miss them.
but also, good in some ways. They had already reached their creative peak, with Oceanic and Panopticon, I think. Their subsequent albums were well good, sure, but tarred by all the shitty 'Neurisis' rip-off bands - they made me go off their type of music to some extent. it's good I think when bands give up of their own accord, rather than reach the point of total creative stagnation, chugging out shitty release after shtitty release.
still one of my favourite bands of all time
ocianic and panoptican will always be of my favourite albums.
so I'll cherish them for that. Some pretty good songs as well.
I myself got into metal through RATM and Korn when I was a teenager. Radiohead were my gateway to indie.
I'd actually heard and loved Oceansize's debut album before Isis and consequently ended up categorising both as 'post-metal'. Ah youth. Oceansize were my gateway to Oceansize. And maybe Biffy Clyro too but I didn't like them so much.
I totally echo LBC - he's picked out a lot of my favourite bits of the band.
I remember for about a year totally defending 'In the absence of truth' from all the detractors. For what it's worth, I still think it's one of the finest records ever.
I think the latest was great too, but I think it's that whole 'familiarity breeds contempt' thing. If 'Wavering Radiant' had been relased in 2003 it would have totally blown us away and been album of the year. It's only because of this familiarity with the sound/technique that it passed people by. I gues that's why they called it quits.
They will reform for atp in a few years or something. I saw them because of Cult Of Luna back at the LA2 and did really enjoy them. Oceanic was a bit better then Panopticon and then I just got bored of them. Nothing to cry about though. Better than them going on for too long although a lot of people are suggesting that they may well have done. Anyway, boohoo.
If only Greymachine were better...
they were one of my favourite bands, heavy or otherwise. Got to admit, i really didn't see this coming. :o(
Gonna have to give Oceanic or Panopticon a blast when I get home now!
But it is appropriate. I totally understand. They'd mined that territory pretty well.
Peace out homies:
if Isis was my gateway into metal, this song was my gateway into Isis
As soon as that riff kicked in all the way I was in love.
Whole song's great but the closing section was the Damascene moment of O_O
*chug chug chug chug*
I lent a Neurosis loving friend my copies of Panopticon and Oceanic about four years ago and he's still got them... Hopefully I can actually get my copies back. I always meant to pick up Oceanic on vinyl, as I've got all the remixes on wax, maybe I should use this as an excuse to try and pick it up...
i've never even seen them live :(
Great band, the best gateway band for metal imo.
Break ups to make-ups, the cycle of life.
One less emo metal band, good on em!
saw them at the Melvins ATP and they blew me away. Guess its nice they ended on a relative high, hopefully their new projects will be at the same level. Just saw this on self titled magazine's website and thought it was interesting, a collaboration with Tim Hecker, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPKWsRe2kd4&feature=player_embedded
rubbish news! :(
I know a lot of people lost interest after Panopticon but for me they kept getting better and better. At least they split for a good reason,not because they hate each other's guts which means the likelihood of a reunion in a few years might be quite high.
I wasn't mad on Wavering Radiant either but ISIS were one hell of an awe-inspiring band and this is miserable news. I guess that there are so many bands competently mimicking their sound they probably felt that there was nothing left to say. The 'In The Fishtank' album with Aereogramme is awesome.
but most people waned in their love for them since their considered 'peak'. left behind great albums, though.
that i didn't get to see them live.
however, unless they were playing on an erupting volcano in the middle of a swirling ocean i don't think it would have matched their sheer epicness
i still prefer panopticon