Thursday, 24 June 2010


Sadly this is more of an obituary than a celebration, since ISIS recently declared that they would be calling it a day at the end of their current US tour. Their official statement read:

"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."

And you know what? That's cool. It is widely recognised that it is better to burn out than to fade away; and ISIS leave behind them an impressive musical legacy, having pretty much created an entire genre of music and then firmly established themselves as forerunners at the head of it. They have inspired and influenced countless other bands, they have never released a bad record, they have never compromised and they have never stood still. Bravo chaps.


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