Isis discography

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Isis discography
Isis performing live, on a moodily-lit stage.
Isis performing live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Visible from left to right are: Michael Gallagher, Jeff Caxide, Aaron Turner, Bryant Clifford Meyer. Visible in the back is drummer Aaron Harris.
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 1
EPs 5
Singles 2
Video albums 1
Music videos 4
Other appearances 1

Isis was an American post-metal band, active from 1997 active until their disbandment in 2010. They released five full-length albums, five extended plays (EPs), five live albums, two singles and have collaborated with other artists on numerous other projects.

Isis was formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in late 1997 by Aaron Turner (guitar/vocals; also the owner of Hydra Head Records), Jeff Caxide (bass guitar), Chris Mereschuk (electronics/vocals) and Aaron Harris (drums).[1] They released a demo and their first EP, Mosquito Control, in 1998, with this lineup. The roster was fairly fluid around the release of the 1999 EP The Red Sea, until the recruitment of Bryant Clifford Meyer of The Gersch and former Cast Iron Hike guitarist Michael Gallagher in 1999. Isis remained with this lineup until their dissolution. Isis' debut full-length, Celestial, and its sister EP, SGNL>05, were released in 2000.

In 2002, Oceanic was released to critical acclaim,[2][3][4] and was the subject of a series of four vinyl reinterpretations by various contemporary artists; the series was consolidated into an Ipecac Recordings release, entitled Oceanic: Remixes & Reinterpretations.[5] Growth in stature necessitated relocation to Los Angeles in 2003.[6] Panopticon was released in 2004, to further critical plaudits and an album of the year award from Rock Sound.[7][8][9] It was also the band's first entry into the charts, peaking at number 47 in the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.[10]

Their next record, In the Absence of Truth, was released by Ipecac on 31 October 2006. This full-length charted more successfully, peaking at number six in Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart;[10] however, critical reception was not particularly warm and the band themselves have expressed disappointment with the album.[11][12] "Holy Tears" and "Not in Rivers, but in Drops" were released from the album as singles in 2008, along with a limited-edition vinyl compilation box set entitled Shades of the Swarm later in the year. Their final full-length, Wavering Radiant, was released in 2009 and marked the band's first entry in the Billboard 200, peaking at 98;[10] it also saw international commercial exposure, seeing entry into the charts of the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway.[13][14][15] Isis split up in June 2010, just before the release of a split EP with Melvins.[16] Their entire back-catalogue of live releases saw digital re-release in mid-2011,[17] and two compilations are lined up in the wake of Isis' dissolution.[18] A compilation of demos and alternative versions of songs, called Temporal, has been released on November 6, 2012, by Ipecac Recordings.[19]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
US Indie
[10]
US Heat
[10]
US Rock
[10]
US Taste
[10]
US
[10]
UK
[13][20]
UK Rock
[21]
GER
[15]
NOR
[14]
2000 Celestial[22]
2002 Oceanic[23]
2004 Panopticon
  • Released: 19 October 2004
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (IPC-057)
  • Format: CD/LP
47
2006 In the Absence of Truth
  • Released: 31 October 2006
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (IPC-081)
  • Format: CD/LP
20 6 12 184
2009 Wavering Radiant
  • Released: 5 May 2009
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (IPC-113)
  • Format: CD/LP
10 14 7 98 190 17 96 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Release details Notes
1998 Demo[24]
1998 The Mosquito Control EP[25]
1999 The Red Sea This release includes all material from the 1998 demo.[26]
1999 Sawblade Tour-only limited edition release. 200 handmade CD-Rs and 250 copies of the vinyl edition were pressed.[27][28]
2001 SGNL>05 This release is effectively an "extension" of Celestial.[29]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2008 "Holy Tears"[30] In the Absence of Truth (2006)
"Not in Rivers, But in Drops"[30]
  • Released: 14 October 2008
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (IPC-099)
  • Format: CD/LP

Live[edit]

Year Album details Recorded
2004 Live.01[31]
  • Released: March 2004
  • Label: Self-released;
    Electric Human Project (EHP 0.31)
  • Format: CD/LP/digital
Live.02[32]
2005 Live.03[33]
2006 Live.04[34]
  • Released: May 2006
  • Label: Self-released;
    Robotic Empire (Robo 079)
  • Format: CD/LP/digital
  • 2001–2005
  • Various sources
2009 Live V[35]
  • Released: October 2009
  • Label: Self-released;
    Viva Hate Records (VHR018)
  • Format: CD/LP/digital
2012 Live VI
  • Released: 14 February 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: 2xLP/digital

Collaborations and other releases[edit]

Year Album details Type Notes
2000 Split with Pig Destroyer Split EP Isis contribute only one song; a Godflesh cover.[36]
2004 Oceanic: Remixes & Reinterpretations Cover album Consists of remixes of tracks from Oceanic, contributed to by a variety of artists. Originally released as a series of four 12" LPs on Robotic Empire.[37]
2005 We Reach: The Music of the Melvins Tribute album Isis and Agoraphobic Nosebleed collaborate to cover the track "Boris" for this tribute to the Melvins.[38]
2006 In the Fishtank 14
  • Released: 25 September 2006
  • Label: Konkurrent (Fish 14)
  • Format: CD
Split album Part of the "In the Fishtank" series, where two artists are given a limited recording time and compose in the studio. This release is a collaboration with Scottish band Aereogramme.[39]
2008 Shades of the Swarm
  • Released: 22 February 2008
  • Label: Robotic Empire and Conspiracy Records (Robo 074) (CORE058)
  • Format: 12×LP
Box set LP box set of all of Isis' full-length albums and EPs up to and including In the Absence of Truth, produced in commemoration of their 10 year anniversary. Limited to 600.[40]
2010 Split with Melvins
  • Released: 13 July 2010
  • Label: Hydra Head Records (HH666-214)
  • Format: LP
Split EP Split EP with Melvins containing two Isis songs recorded during the Wavering Radiant sessions.[41]
2012 Temporal
  • Released: 6 November 2012
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Format: 2×CD, DVD (IPC-140)
Compilation Contains unreleased demos, remixes and all official music videos.[19]

Music videos[edit]

Album Title Director
Panopticon (2004) "In Fiction" Josh Graham[42]
In the Absence of Truth (2006) "Holy Tears" Dominic Hailstone[43]
"Not in Rivers, But in Drops" Sera Timms[44]
Wavering Radiant (2009) "20 Minutes / 40 Years" Matt Santoro[45]

DVD[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Clearing the Eye
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings (IPC-080)
  • Format: DVD
Features live videos (including an entire live performance), the "In Fiction" music video, photo galleries, lyrics for all songs featured, a complete discography, and a 20-page booklet.[30]

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Jahdi, Robin (8 May 2009). "Isis: Wavering Radiant". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Savage, Milton (13 May 2009). "Isis: Wavering Radiant". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Isis – Panopticon". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Lee, Cosmo (22 May 2006). "Signal Fills the Void: An Interview with Mike Gallagher of Isis". PopMatters. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Bennett, J (November 2004). "Review of Panopticon". Rock Sound (66). 
  8. ^ Diver, Mike (1 October 2004). "Isis – Panopticon". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (8 November 2004). "Isis: Panopticon". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Artist Chart History - Isis". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "In the Absence of Truth". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Bennett, J. (June 2009). "Five Alive". Decibel (56): 68–73. "[A]ll five members express varying degrees of dissatisfaction with that album [...] Turner offers [...] 'Because we were composing things as duos or trios rather than as a whole group, it made the whole record maybe less coherent and slightly weaker than it should have been.'" 
  13. ^ a b "UK Albums Chart - Isis". Zobbel. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Isis' Wavering Radiant lands on Norwegian chart". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "German Albums Chart - Isis". musicline.de. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  16. ^ Barton, Chris (19 May 2010). "L.A.-based band Isis calls it quits". LA Times. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Isis says goodbye with five live albums". Punknews. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Bennet, J (September 2010). "Aaron Turner". Decibel (71): 53–4. 
  19. ^ a b "ISIS: 'Temporal' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Chart Log UK – 1994–2008: I Am Kloot – I Wayne". Zobbel. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Top 40 Rock albums". BBC Radio 1. 15 May 2009. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. 
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  23. ^ Serba, John. "Oceanic – Isis". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
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  26. ^ York, William. "The Red Sea – Isis". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  27. ^ Conrad, Matt (21 June 2007). "Isis - Sawblade EP Review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  28. ^ "Isis Sawblade 12". Tortuga Recordings. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  29. ^ Taylor, Ken. "Isis – SNGL>05". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  30. ^ a b c "Isis". Ipecac Recordings. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  31. ^ "Live 1: 09.23.03 { Preorder } LP". Electric Human Project. Archived from the original on 5 March 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  32. ^ "TMU 152 Isis". Troubleman Unlimited Records. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  33. ^ "ISIS: Rehearsal Video Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  34. ^ "Discography". Robotic Empire. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  35. ^ "Isis – Live V on vinyl out in October…". Viva Hate Records. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  36. ^ "Artist Biography – Pig Destroyer". Relapse Records. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  37. ^ "Oceanic: Remixes/Reinterpretations". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  38. ^ Henderson, Alex. "We Reach: The Music of the Melvins". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  39. ^ "Isis + Aereogramme". Konkurrent. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  40. ^ "Shades of the Swarm ten year anniversary (CORE058)". Conspiracy Records. Archived from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  41. ^ "Isis/Melvins & Torche/Boris Split Vinyl Releases Available From Hydra Head On 7/14!!". Hydra Head Records. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  42. ^ "Interview with Jeff Caxide". Global Domination. 25 November 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  43. ^ Turner, Aaron (5 February 2008). "Isis video, single, etc". Feral Pig. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  44. ^ Not in Rivers, But in Drops (Digipak single notes). Isis. Ipecac Recordings. 2008. IPC-099. 
  45. ^ "Isis - "20 Minutes / 40 Years"". MTV. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 

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