I was pretty excited when post-metal legends ISIS announced they would be releasing a series of live album post-humously. I don’t normally go in for live recordings of songs I’ve already got/can just go see live if the urge and opportunity strikes me, but one of these – V, in particular – I’m very keen to hear, because it’s a recording of one of the first metal shows I ever attended (d’aww).
Plus, ISIS fucking SLAYED live.
The show in question was their performance of the seminal Oceanic in its entirety. I don’t normally go in for these either, but it’s such a good album that I was kind of spoiled for every similar show I’ve seen since. No filler, all good, all of the time. Support was also handled by Oxbow and Final, one of Justin K. Broadrick’s (ex-Napalm Death, Jesu, Godflesh) pseudonyms.
Anyway, my reason for all this babble is that guitarist/keyboardist Bryant Clifford Meyer recently spoke to Alt Press, giving a run-down of the tracks, regarding the show in question, the album, and their live performance in general. The jammy buggers have also landed an exclusive preview stream of the album, which I will most definitely be whacking on when I get home.
Well, when they broke one year ago they said Wavering Radiant wasn’t going to be their last release, and they weren’t lying. The band today announced a quick succession of live albums to be released at two week intervals, starting as soon as May 31st!
This is excellent news, coming the day after news of ex-members Aaron Harris, Jeff Caxide and Bryant Clifford Meyer released news that they were demoing tracks together for an as-yet unnamed project.
The digital releases begin with ISIS Live I 9.23.03, a four-song, forty-minute recording from a performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Other performances include ones in Stockholm, Alberquerque, Boston, L.A., New York, Philidelphia, and one that is very close to me – London – because I was fucking there. Details are as follows, but this last album is of Oceanic in its entirety. It was one of the first metal shows I went to (seven long years ago, in July 2006), and I can safely say it solidified my love of heavy music. They were amazing.
Details are as follows:
It’s been slow for me around the heavy camp lately. Starting a new full-time job aside, good releases in my vein of interest have been very few and far between lately. Same with news; it’s all been people dying and bands splitting up. Noteworthy, but Jimmy generally handles most of that kind of thing.
So I’ve been collating ideas for a number of articles lately, which I will be posting according to ABSOLUTELY NO SCHEDULE AT ALL. You’ll get them when you’re lucky, and be damn grateful when you do.
In an extreme burst of narcissism, this first string will be a themed series about bands that got me into metal; the bands that, no exaggeration, formed the person that I am today.