Origin: USA  
Genres: Atmospheric Hardcore
DISBANDED
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Page online: March 22, 2004
Last update/review: June 17, 2010

Isis

Isis was the band led by Aaron Turner, who himself is the main man behind Hydrahead Records. Their early efforts find them in an experimental mode, with the debut full-length Celestial being a rather bizarre yet intriguing post-hardcore album, a bit strange in places but definitely a compelling listen. The followups, Oceanic and Panopticon, found the band honing their dense, post-apocalyptic hardcore soundscapes, and might be the closest album to prime Neurosis since, well, Neurosis themselves (Cult Of Luna also is in this ballpark). Like Neurosis, Isis understood the value of quiet and subtlety, how the most intense moments are made all the more so by surrounding them with sparse moments. Turner's vocals were harsh, but the are often a bit behind in the mix, making them less grating and more a part of the music rather than overwhelming the songs. In time Isis turned out to be as influential as their mentors Neurosis, if not more so, spawning an increasingly large number of followers. In May 2010 they announced their breakup, having accomplished all they had set out to do.

Last Lineup

Aaron Turner

guitars/vocals

Mike Gallagher

guitars

Jeff Caxide

bass (guest for 5ive, Palms)

Cliff Meyer

samples/vocals (Palms)

Aaron Harris

drums (Palms)

Former Members/Guests

Chris Mereshuk

keyboards/samples



Discography



The Mosquito Control  EP
1998 Escape Artist
  1. Poison Eggs
  2. Life Under the Swatter
  3. Hive Destruction
  4. Relocation Swarm
  • Aaron Turner
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Chris Mereshuk
  • Aaron Harris



The Red Sea  EP
1999 Second Nature
  1. Charmicarmicat Shines To Earth
  2. The Minus Times
  3. Red Sea
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Aaron Harris



Sawblade  EP
1999 Second Nature
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Aaron Harris



Celestial  
2000 Escape Artist
  1. SGNL>1
  2. Celestial (The Tower)
  3. Glisten
  4. Swarm Reigns (Down)
  5. SGNL>2
  6. Deconstructing Towers
  7. SGNL>3
  8. Collapse And Crush
  9. CFT (New Circuitry and Continued Evolution)
  10. Gentle Time
  11. SGNL>4 (End Transmission)
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris



SGNL>05  
2002 Neurot
  1. SGNL>05 (Final Transmission)
  2. Divine Mother (The Tower Crumbles)
  3. Beneath Below
  4. Constructing Towers
  5. Celestial (Signal Fills The Void) (Justin K. Broadrick remix)
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris



Oceanic  
2002 Ipecac
  1. The Beginning And The End
  2. The Other
  3. False Light
  4. Carry
  5. -
  6. Maritime
  7. Weight
  8. From Sinking
  9. Hym
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris
2002 Readers' Album #40





Live 1  LIVE
2004 Hydra Head
2004 Readers' Album #33




Panopticon  
2004 Ipecac
  1. So Did We
  2. Backlit
  3. In Fiction
  4. Wills Dissolve
  5. Syndic Calls
  6. Altered Course
  7. Grinning Mouths
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris




Oceanic Remixes  
2005 Hydra Head
  1. Weight (remix by Fennesz)
  2. False Light (remix by Ayal Noar of 27)
  3. Hym (remix by Thomas Koner)
  4. The Other (remix by James Plotkin)
  5. Carry {first version} (remix by Tim Hecker)
  6. Maritime (remix by Teledungnosis)
  7. Maritime (remix by Mike Patton)
  8. The Beginning and the End (remix by Venetian Snares)
  9. False Light {Deadverse Remix} (remix by The Oktopus of Dalek)



Live 2  LIVE
2005 Hydra Head
  1. From Sinking
  2. Glisten
  3. Carry
  4. Weight
  5. The Beginning and the End
  6. Celestial



Live 3  LIVE
2005 Hydra Head
  1. So Did We
  2. Backlit
  3. The Beginning And The End
  4. In Fiction
  5. Wills Dissolve
  6. Grinning Mouths
  7. Altered Course



Live 4  LIVE
2006 Hydra Head
  1. Gentle Time
  2. Glisten
  3. C.F.T.
  4. Celestial
  5. Improv 1 / Endless Nameless
  6. False Light
  7. The Weight



In The Fish Tank 14  EP
2006 Konkurrent
  1. Low Tide
  2. Delial
  3. Stolen



Clearing The Eye  VIDEO
2006 Ipecac



In The Absence Of Truth  
2006 Ipecac
  1. Wrists of Kings
  2. Not In Rivers, But In Drops
  3. Dulcinea
  4. Over Root and Thorn
  5. 1,000 Shards
  6. All Out Of Time, All Into Space
  7. Holy Tears
  8. Firdous E Bareen
  9. Garden Of Light
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris
2006 Readers' Album #29




Wavering Radiant  
2009 Ipecac
  1. Hall Of The Dead
  2. Ghost Key
  3. Hand Of The Host
  4. Wavering Radiant
  5. Stone To Wake A Serpent
  6. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
  7. Threshold of Transformation
  • Aaron Turner
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Jeff Caxide
  • Cliff Meyer
  • Aaron Harris
2009 Readers' Album #32




Live 5  LIVE
2009 Hydra Head
  1. The Beginning and The End
  2. The Other
  3. False Light
  4. Carry
  5. - / Maritime
  6. Weight
  7. From Sinking
  8. Hym



Live 6  LIVE
2012 self-released
  1. Hive Destruction
  2. So Did We
  3. Not In Rivers, But In Drops
  4. Gentle Time
  5. In Fiction
  6. Holy Tears
  7. Weight
  8. Red Sea
  9. Carry



Temporal  COMPILATION
2012 Ipecac
  1. Threshold of Transformation (demo)
  2. Ghost Key (alternate demo version)
  3. Wills Dissolve (alternate demo version)
  4. Carry (demo)
  5. False Light (demo)
  6. Grey Divide (demo)
  7. Streetcleaner (Godflesh cover)
  8. Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath cover)
  9. Not in Rivers, But in Drops (Melvins/Lustmord remix)
  10. Holy Tears (Thomas Dimuzio remix)
  11. Temporal
  12. Way Through Woven Branches
  13. The Pliable Foe
  14. 20 Minutes/40 Years (Acoustic version)




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