In a world where “heavy metal” music can at times seem a parody of itself, it was always refreshing seeing bands take a tired formula and run with it. Isis was one of those bands. Known for their drone-y slow sound and their prog tendancies, the band inspired many in their 12-year career. A devoted listener, Converge’s Jacob Bannon, once proclaimed Isis “something that is powerful, emotional music.” Pretty big words coming from a member of the loudest band around.
On Isis’ blog, a message posted Tuesday night said the breakup wasn’t due to in-fighting between members. Rather, the group believes they’ve achieved the goals they set out for themselves when they started, and the whole burning out thing sounded a bit more appealing than the fading away thing.
“We’ve seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death,” reads the post. “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.”
Well Isis, it’s been real, and best of luck in the future. Here’s hoping that with you gone, someone will step up to fill in the massive gap you’ve left behind.