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Isis Announces Intention to Disband After Tour

After 13 years and a year after the release of their latest album, "Wavering Radient," experimental metal band Isis has decided to disband. Here's the message from the band themselves:

"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."

Mike Patton and Greg Werckman (Ipecac founders) added:

"It has been a complete honor to be a part of the ISIS team. ISIS is a major part of our label's foundation. Those 5 talented guys are our friends and we look forward to see and hear what they each do in the future."

The latest tour dates on the band's MySpace page are as follows:

May 26, 2010 @ 6:00P - The Casbah, San Diego, California, US w/ Jakob & Tombs
May 29, 2010 @ 6:00P - Wow Hall, Eugene, Oregon , US w/ Jakob & Tombs
May 30, 2010 @ 7:30P - Capitol Theatre, Olympia, WA w/ Jakob & Tombs
May 31, 2010 @ 6:00P - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, British Co, CA w/ Jakob & Tombs
Jun 1, 2010 @ 6:00P - Neumo’s, Seattle, Washington, US w/ Jakob & Tombs
Jun 2, 2010 @ 6:00P - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Oregon , US w/ Jakob & Tombs
Jun 4, 2010 @ 6:00P - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, US w/ Jakob & Tombs
Jun 5, 2010 @ 6:00P - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, US w/ Jakob & Tombs
Jun 12, 2010 @ 6:00P - Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, Tennessee, US w/ Clutch, Melvins, Flaming Lips, etc.
Jun 14, 2010 @ 6:00P - 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, US w/ Melvins
Jun 16, 2010 @ 6:00P - 9:30 Club, Washington, Washington, US w/ Melvins
Jun 17, 2010 @ 6:00P - Theater Of Living Arts (TLA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US w/ Melvins
Jun 18, 2010 @ 6:00P - Webster Hall, New York, New York , US w/ Melvins
Jun 19, 2010 @ 6:00P - Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, US w/ Melvins
Jun 20, 2010 @ 6:00P - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachuse, US w/ Melvins
Jun 21, 2010 @ 6:00P - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachuse, US w/ Melvins
Jun 22, 2010 @ 6:00P - Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine, US w/ Cave In
Jun 23, 2010 @ 6:00P - Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, CA w/ Cave In

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1. Caveman1 writes:

no toronto after montreal = lame

# May 19, 2010 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. We Lost The Sea writes:

Most upsetting. Verry happy that we got to see them on their tours of Australia. Isis will be missed.

# May 19, 2010 @ 12:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. ballstotechno writes:

whaaa?????

# May 19, 2010 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Natsquatch writes:

Bummer.

# May 19, 2010 @ 3:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

This is really sad new for metal. For the last 6 years I have been listening to Isis. I thought this band was one of the most underrated band around. They are one of the few bands that can say they never released a bad or boring album.

Their song "So did we" gives me chills every single time I hear. Isis will be missed.

If you are reading this article and you have not really given this band a listen then you are doing yourself a disservice by not listening to them.

# May 19, 2010 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. toxicclown writes:

who the hell is isis?

# May 19, 2010 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Natsquatch writes:

^
Are you trolling?

# May 19, 2010 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

What a drag man...

# May 19, 2010 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cozen writes:

As a big fan of Isis...I'm shocked at the news. I respect what they're doing but DAMNIT! I got into ISIS after seeing them open for TOOL a few years back. I had never heard of them before and their little 40 min. set caught my attention in a big way. I went out and bought all of their material after the show. If you have the opportunity to see them live, DO IT!!!

# May 19, 2010 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. deathfreak writes:

At least I may be able to see them in Mass

# May 19, 2010 @ 3:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RememberMetal? writes:

Sad news.

I've been a big fan since "Oceanic" but I'm glad they're packing it in tastefully. "Wavering Radiant", for all it's glistening perfection, was the first time that I picked up the 'spinning of the wheels' vibe from them. The prior albums were all brilliant and distinct. Looking forward to the final ep any live releases they have planned.

Aaron Turner's band Twilight is essential listening for Isis fans though.

# May 19, 2010 @ 5:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Cozen: I saw them at a large outside venue when they opened up for Tool and wasn't at all impressed so I never really got into them until some guy here named "Cozen" told me to check them out. I gotta tell you that I have to agree with RM though (nice to read ya again RM). I wasn't impressed with Wavering Radient, but their earlier stuff was pretty damned good.

# May 19, 2010 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MuDvAyNefan writes:

omg they are touring with the freakin melvins!!! love that band!!!

# May 19, 2010 @ 9:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Cynic writes:

Twilight isn't Aaron Turner's band (more Blake Judd's and Wrest's) but he is a contributor.

# May 19, 2010 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

It sounds like I need to check out the band Twilight

# May 19, 2010 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

lol, okay Cynic, I will bone up on my obscure-band-details awareness. :)

And yeah, PTFan, Twilight = Isis-style black metal. S'good stuff!

Now Playing: Salome - "White Tides"

# May 19, 2010 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. MeggidaanSummit writes:

I cant f***in believe this sh**. This sucks. I guess June 1st Ill be at Neumos...with a tear or two...damn.

# May 19, 2010 @ 11:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. metaljus writes:

i freaken love isis what the hell why are you breaking up god dammit

# May 20, 2010 @ 1:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. metalmayhem writes:

Yeah this is terrible news but I agree that packing it in now is probably for the best. And I will second the notion that Twilight is essential listening for any open minded metal fan. The new album is very different from their first release but you can really see their growth as musicians (ie Blakes proggy Pink Floydisms, Aaron Turners creeping clean vox, and Wrest well Wrest does his Leviathan thing which still rules). Anyway the album is amazing. RIP Isis, its been real...

# May 20, 2010 @ 1:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Cynic writes:

RM - I'm such an a$$ :P Anyway I've only got Twilight's first album (since I was a big Xasthur/Draugar/Leviathan fan back in 05 - still think they're great bands). But now I know I'll have to check out their second full length too!

# May 20, 2010 @ 1:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. WOLF7 writes:

That's a shame. Another band that never got the fame and fortune they deserved. Cruel business...

# May 20, 2010 @ 7:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. OlafBerzerker writes:

A stop in Toronto before Montreal would have been nice , but il make the extra 3 hour drive to see these guys especially for their last show ever. Quebec = a good time.

# May 20, 2010 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. psythe writes:

Sad face :(

# May 21, 2010 @ 7:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Kathy writes:

Ozzy Osbourne is putting out a new record, "SCREAM" - out 6/15. Pre-order it on ozzy.com

# May 23, 2010 @ 10:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Or NOT. Fvcking spamming Ozzy in an Isis break up thread is about as low class as anyone can get.

# May 24, 2010 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Greyback writes:

Man, this isn't easy to take. ISIS rules, and I am at least happy that they aren't just going to stick around and put out seven crappy albums, they stopped at the peak which is important. Wavering... was their best album I think, and they realized they couldn't top it. Peace

# May 24, 2010 @ 8:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. metaljus writes:

I will definitely have to catch there last show in los angeles even though I have finals the next week.

# May 25, 2010 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. KissTheBlade writes:

I'm spewing; only just discovered this fine band and now they're breaking up.

# May 29, 2010 @ 3:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. deathmetalrules420 writes:

glad i decided to go to bonnaroo this year! ISIS WILL BE MISSED!

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