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    Isis

    For Isis to say they reached what they wanted to reach creatively and stopped as a band because of that, then releasing this last song on vinyl:



    ....totally leaves me scratching my head. Sounds like they had plenty more to offer to me. I love that song.

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    I'm stuck on them. It's the only band I can consistently listen to and never feel tired of their songs. Panopticon never feels old to me, I really hope they'll get back together.

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    If they ever got back together it would be quite a while from now. Jeff Caxide had a solo-ish album come out (called Crone). Aaron Turner has been playing with Mamiffer and House of Low Culture. Aaron H. is mixing the new Jakob album. But either way. They left a legacy and went out on their own terms. The last show I saw them play was one of the best I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lebruit View Post
    I'm stuck on them. It's the only band I can consistently listen to and never feel tired of their songs. Panopticon never feels old to me, I really hope they'll get back together.
    My thoughts, exactly.

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    Live VI came out digitally yesterday. From the Portland show on their 10th Anniversary tour in 2007. Soundboard recording.

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    Isis broke up?

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    Live VI is probably my favorite from the Live recordings. I really hope they make a comeback and play some shows more.

    Anyway, Aaron Turner did the growling vocals on this http://splitcranium.bandcamp.com/track/sceptres-to-rust, apparently a new side-project.

    And the other Aaron is producing the first LP of Mental Architects - a Bulgarian post-rock band with an unique sound. Check them out:


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    Love, love, love this band. Such a shame they broke up, they had the potential to put out one more awesome album, at least. At the same time, I totally respect that they disbanded when they simply felt like it, and didn't let their success affect that decision.

    Favorite albums for me are Panopticon, Oceanic and Wavering Radiant, in that order.

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    I dislike this band and don't understand why people like them. I don't like Neurosis, and Isis always seemed to be Neurosis-lite. I think Isis would have stood a chance with me if they'd had a singer and had redeemed their proggy meanderings with some good melodies/lyrics, instead of all that screaming, which totally turns me off.
    Last edited by aggroculture; 02-15-2012 at 05:17 PM.

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    Screaming? It's more like growling than anything. I can see why most people wouldn't like them...they aren't very accessible. But as far as this type of music goes, they are one of the easier bands to get into. Isis' first 2 or 3 albums could be called Neurosis-lite but their later stuff is hardly that. If anything, they surpassed the Neurosis inspired sound long ago. I don't think anyone considers this band a proggy band either. What they write is fairly simple but pretty powerful.

    Either way. It sucks they broke up but pretty much everyone in the band has released or worked on something since then and there's some good stuff out there. I'm most excited for the Mamiffer/Locrian collaboration coming out this month. I heard a few of the tracks and it is by far the best thing either band has worked on.

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    there was also an announcement on aaron's facebook page that the band is heading back into the studio to record new material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aggroculture View Post
    I dislike this band and don't understand why people like them. I don't like Neurosis, and Isis always seemed to be Neurosis-lite. I think Isis would have stood a chance with me if they'd had a singer and had redeemed their proggy meanderings with some good melodies/lyrics, instead of all that screaming, which totally turns me off.
    Listen to this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    For Isis to say they reached what they wanted to reach creatively and stopped as a band because of that, then releasing this last song on vinyl:



    ....totally leaves me scratching my head. Sounds like they had plenty more to offer to me. I love that song.
    And these, then get back to me:







    Quote Originally Posted by blackholesun View Post
    Live VI came out digitally yesterday. From the Portland show on their 10th Anniversary tour in 2007. Soundboard recording.
    Awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by eversonpoe View Post
    there was also an announcement on aaron's facebook page that the band is heading back into the studio to record new material.

    AWESOME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eversonpoe View Post
    there was also an announcement on aaron's facebook page that the band is heading back into the studio to record new material.
    Are you getting confused with this announcement?

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    Also we are compiling some material for a new CD of B-sides, demos, alternate versions, and other unreleased tracks, AND a DVD containing all of our videos in HD, along with an unreleased video for the track "Piable Foe" previously released on our split 12" with the Melvins. That's our story and we're sticking to it. Thanks!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by otnavuskire View Post
    Are you getting confused with this announcement?

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    Also we are compiling some material for a new CD of B-sides, demos, alternate versions, and other unreleased tracks, AND a DVD containing all of our videos in HD, along with an unreleased video for the track "Piable Foe" previously released on our split 12" with the Melvins. That's our story and we're sticking to it. Thanks!"
    That's awesome too.

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    I just bought Live.06. PM me if anyone wants.

    Track list:


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    Daymare are releasing a box set of all 6 live releases on CD in Japan. Limited to 300, out in March.

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    Justin K. Broadrick produced Live V. I find that awesome, as they covered Godflesh's Streetcleaner in one of their early EP's. Who was the producer of Live VI?

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    He also is on 'Weight' in Live V. I think Live VI was done by Aaron H, the drummer. Excellent stuff.

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    http://rock-a-rolla.com/main/?p=3198

    Really really hope this includes the supposed collaboration with Tim Hecker that they said was being recorded a few years ago.

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    don't think anyone has posted about this Aaron Turner project:

    Jodis

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    Oo had no idea a new Jodis album was coming out. I really liked Secret House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackholesun View Post
    http://rock-a-rolla.com/main/?p=3198

    Really really hope this includes the supposed collaboration with Tim Hecker that they said was being recorded a few years ago.
    Fuck yeah!

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    http://exclaim.ca/News/isis_detail_t...l_rarities_set

    Temporal:

    Disc 1:

    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) *

    
 
Disc 2:

    1. Streetcleaner (Godflesh cover, recorded in 1999)
    
2. Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath cover, originally released on the Sawblade CD, 1999)
    
3. Not in Rivers, But in Drops (Melvins/Lustmord remix; originally released on Holy Tears, 2007)
    
4. Holy Tears (Thomas Dimuzio remix; originally released on NIRBID, 2008)
    
5. Temporal (Recorded in 2009) *
    
6. Way Through Woven Branches (Originally released on Melvins/ISIS split LP, 2010)
    
7. Pliable Foe (Originally released on Melvins/ISIS split LP, 2010)
    
8. 20 Minutes/40 Years (Acoustic version) *

    
DVD (official music videos):

    1. In Fiction
    
2. Holy Tears
    
3. Not In Rivers, But in Drops
    
4. 20 Minutes/40 Years
    
5. Pliable Foe *

    * previously unreleased

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackholesun View Post
    http://exclaim.ca/News/isis_detail_t...l_rarities_set

    Temporal:

    Disc 1:

    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) *

    
 
Disc 2:

    1. Streetcleaner (Godflesh cover, recorded in 1999)
    
2. Hand of Doom (Black Sabbath cover, originally released on the Sawblade CD, 1999)
    
3. Not in Rivers, But in Drops (Melvins/Lustmord remix; originally released on Holy Tears, 2007)
    
4. Holy Tears (Thomas Dimuzio remix; originally released on NIRBID, 2008)
    
5. Temporal (Recorded in 2009) *
    
6. Way Through Woven Branches (Originally released on Melvins/ISIS split LP, 2010)
    
7. Pliable Foe (Originally released on Melvins/ISIS split LP, 2010)
    
8. 20 Minutes/40 Years (Acoustic version) *

    
DVD (official music videos):

    1. In Fiction
    
2. Holy Tears
    
3. Not In Rivers, But in Drops
    
4. 20 Minutes/40 Years
    
5. Pliable Foe *

    * previously unreleased
    Best news in a long time. Can't wait!

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    fuck yes!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sweet can't wait!!!! Temporal will be the name of the next album by Smashing Pumpkins as well

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    probably just gonna grab a digital copy for lossless versions of the non-remixed stuff. some of it seems interesting, some of it i already know and love, and some of it i don't understand why they'd bother. however, if this ushers in reprints of all the albums and EPs on vinyl...

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    Turner decided to close Hydra Head Records:

    Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.


    The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances.

    For the short term we will continue to operate as we have been, effecting our first step into shutdown this December, at which point we are cutting off new releases from the label. Thereafter, we will be remain operational only in the interest of maintaining our back catalog, with the ultimate aim of repaying our rather sizable debts. Grim though this prospect is, in the midst of it all I still feel an extreme gratitude for everything that has happened and for all the wonderful people with which we've been involved over the years. We've been lucky enough to work with some of the most unique and provocative artists of the last two decades, many of which have made indelible impressions in the underground, and by extension the larger world of music in general. We've also been fortunate to have had the support of a small but loyal following, who've constituted the very essence of our life force. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and love to each and every person who contributed to making this label what it is - all the artists who entrusted us as the custodians of their work, all the people that bought or listened to our releases, and all the people who performed the various label duties at various offices (and houses) across the continent.

    ...and this brings us to the present moment, where in all honesty we are in need of financial assistance from anyone and everyone who's willing to throw us a rope. Though it is highly unlikely we'll be able to resuscitate the label, we do wish to follow through on the final round of releases to which we're committed and pay off our debts to our artists and manufacturers. In order to do this we are initiating a massive sell-off of everything we can dig up and produce for the next 6-12 months. This will include discounted bundles of CDs/LPs/posters/etc, represses of certain titles for which we still have parts, test pressings, and whatever worthwhile items we can pull together. For anyone that is able and willing to fund our funereal arrangements please visit our direct mailorder or webstore and pick up whatever you can. Any and all support is greatly appreciated by our remaining team, and will be put to the best use possible.

    There is no way to sum up nearly 20 years of incredibly important music, experiences, and evolution other than to say a big heart felt "thank you", and that we hope this closing will provide an opening into other even more positive and rewarding experiences for all of us and all of you who have been a part of our shared experience. For now we bid you all a very fond farewell....

    -Aaron Turner
    09/10/12

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    The digital album will be available on November 2nd in the German Amazon.

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