The Mosquito Control EP

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The Mosquito Control EP
Isis Mosquito-Control.jpg
EP by Isis
Released 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Sludge metal, doom metal
Length 27:45
Label Escape Artist
(EA03.2) (re-release)
(EA03.8) (re-release)
Producer Isis, Kurt Ballou[1]
Isis chronology
Mosquito Control
The Red Sea
(1999)The Red Sea1999
Re-release cover
The cover of the re-release.
The cover of the re-release.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Mosquito Control EP is the first studio release by American post-metal band Isis, released in 1998 by Escape Artist. The piece runs fluently through all 29 minutes, and all four songs are linked through consistent bouts of chaos and lyrics glued by the metaphor of using mosquitoes as a symbol for mankind, society and population control.

The Mosquito Control EP introduces Isis's first major theme, the mosquito. The reissue of this EP features cover art depicting control towers (the central theme of Celestial).[original research?]

Although it represents Isis' first studio release, it is actually their third recording as a group after two demo productions, and was the last recording containing early band members.[3] As such, “[t]here are things on this record that certainly would not have have [sic] been written were it not for those people, and it represented a set of voices that was no longer apparent in the subsequent recordings.”[3] Sonically, Aaron Turner feels that Isis “were starting to find [their] voice” with the release, citing “Life Under the Swatter” as “the beginning of a path on which we would synthesize heavy riffing with complex rhythmic patterns and textural/subdued passages”.[3]

The recording process cost as little as $600 and lasted between three and four days. The first mix was deemed of insufficient quality, so a remastering was undertaken.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Poison Eggs" (About this sound sample ) Isis 6:42
2. "Life Under the Swatter" Isis 5:50
3. "Hive Destruction" Isis 4:10
4. "Relocation Swarm" Isis 11:43
5. "Streetcleaner" (only on Mosquito Control / Red Sea Japanese edition) Green, Neville, Broadrick 5:42



  1. ^ Lee, Cosmo (June 22, 2006). "Kurt Ballou - Interview - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ York, William. ""Mosquito Control" – Isis". allmusic. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "PRIMER: Aaron Turner Revisits Isis' Entire Catalog". Self-Titled. Pop Mart Media. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Mosquito Control (Media notes). Isis. Escape Artist Recordings. 1998. EA3.0. 

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