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Old 2010-05-21, 20:28
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Isis Break up

Sad news, my friends. I kind of agree with them though, as you can only do so much with a project without changing the entire sound of the band and I think they've reached that point. They are doing one last tour though, which I will no doubt be attending.

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 that 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 specific goals when the band was founded 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 it 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 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 who 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 active 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 - 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,

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Old 2010-05-22, 19:50
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Old 2010-05-23, 22:32
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Honestly I wish more bands would do this. There's a recognizable point beyond which continuing to produce music is just rehashing old shit to pander to an audience that has demonstrated itself willing to shell out good cash for diminishing returns.
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Old 2010-05-25, 09:35
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Bad news indeed. At least they leave a cracking back catalogue as their legacy. Most bands don't even produce one decent album, nevermind the 10/10 quality of Oceanic and Panopticon.
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Saw this on pitchfork the other day! Cool news, despite last years not so cool news of the split.

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Influential dirge-metal masters Isis broke up last year, but they'll live on in a new series of digital-only live albums that they'll begin releasing later this month. On May 31, they drop ISIS Live I 9.23.03, and they'll release another one every two weeks on their website. The albums will be available in various different bundles, some of which will include out-of-print merchandise and the 2006 live DVD Clearing the Eye.

More info and tracklists below:

The first of those albums, ISIS Live I 9.23.03, features a four-song, 40-minute performance recorded at San Francisco's Fillmore in 2003. Other releases in the series span the years between 2003 and 2006 and were recorded in cities like Stockholm, Albuquerque, and London. Scroll down for tracklists for all five albums, as well as a video taken from the Clearing the Eye DVD of Isis performing "Wills Dissolve" live.

ISIS Live I 9.23.03 (due May 31, recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco):

01 Carry
02 Weight
03 Hym
04 The Beginning and the End

ISIS Live II 03.19.03 (due June 14, recorded in Stockholm):

01 From Sinking
02 Glisten
03 Carry
04 Weight
05 The Beginning and the End
06 Celestial (Ext./Alt. Version)

ISIS Live III 12.17.04 (due June 28, recorded at the Launchpad in Albuquerque):

01 So Did We
02 Backlit
03 The Beginning and the End
04 In Fiction
05 Wills Dissolve
06 Grinning Mouths
07 Altered Course

ISIS Live IV Selections 2001 - 2005 (due July 12, recorded at shows in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia):

01 Gentle Time
02 Glisten
03 CFT
04 Celestial
05 Improv 1 (Endless Nameless)
06 False Light
07 The Weight [ft. Justin Chancellor and Troy Ziegler]

ISIS Live V 07.23.06 (due July 26, recorded at Koko's in London):

01 The Beginning and the End
02 The Other
03 False Light
04 Carry
05 -/Maritime
06 Weight
07 From Sinking
08 Hym


http://pitchfork.com/news/42486-isi...of-live-albums/
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