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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Isis Calls it Quits, Breaks Up After 13 Years

Wow, I can't say I didn't see this coming but it did take me by surprise. Famed metalgaze/atmospheric sludge/post metal pioneers Isis has called it quits. The band who helped start a major metal sub-genre & spawned countless imitators is saying goodbye after 13 years. It's probably for the best, their releases have been progressively straying farther away from metal and their members have been increasing their side projects activities of late. Mosquito Control, The Red Sea, Celestial and Panopticon are still some of my favorite albums and Isis was one of the most influential bands to come out in metal in recent years. Despite all the criticism that their recent releases received I can't deny their greatness. They will be missed.

"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...

...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."

You can read the full farewell here:

You can check out there tour dates here: Isis Final Tour

Farewell Fellas, It's been swell.

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