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Isis prepare Remastered “Panopticon”, still no reunion

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM (PST)

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Following last year’s reissue of ISIS’ debut album, Celestial, a re-mastered version of the seminal band’s third album, Panopticon, is slated for an April 29 release via Ipecac Recordings (CD/digital).

“After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be,” explained singer/guitar player Aaron Turner. “Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.”

The reissue of the 2004 release, which Pitchfork said “evokes a sense of creeping voyeurism” and Mojo described as “a breathtaking balance of instrumental maelstrom with devastating, near elemental power,” also includes new packaging, featuring a 12-page booklet created by Turner.

“I got the check disk from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time,” added drummer Aaron Harris. “When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the re-master. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that re-masters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this re-master, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.”
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Buzz Osborne, songwriter, guitar player and vocalist for the Melvins, has unveiled his first solo, acoustic song, “Dark Brown Teeth,” via Rolling Stone right HERE. The song is really cool. It sounds kind of like it could have been from the Stoner Witch-era, had it been electric.

 

The iconic front man has also confirmed he will release an as-of-yet untitled, solo, acoustic full-length via Ipecac Recordings in June.Osborne previously announced a thirteen-date tour kicking off March 2 at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis, which also includes a performance at the Record Label Rummage Sale on Mar. 13.   A commemorative 10” titled This Machine Kills Artists, which features “Dark Brown Teeth,” will be available via Amphetamine Reptile and sold on the upcoming tour dates.

 

“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road!” Osborne added, “Solo acoustic is something I’d never thought I’d be doing.  Maybe that’s why this will work!”

 

Osborne also recently confirmed his participation in the James Williamson Interview: From Riffs to Bits session at SXSW on March 14 at 12:30 pm in the Austin Convention Center.

 

Click HERE for tour dates.
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Buzz Osborne announces solo acoustic shows

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM (PST)

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Buzz Osborne, songwriter, guitar player and vocalist for the Melvins, performs his first solo, acoustic shows in his thirty plus year career this February and March.

The thirteen dates include an Austin performance at the Record Label Rummage Sale on Mar. 13 as well as a free Scion AV Rock Show on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.

“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road!” Osborne added, “Solo acoustic is something I’d never thought I’d be doing. Maybe that’s why this will work!”

In conjunction with the March dates, a commemorative 10” titled This Machine Kills Artists will be released via Amphetamine Reptile Records. The question begs, what is he going to play?

Click HERE for dates.

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Show Review: Tomahawk at Best Buy Theater 6/2

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM (PST)

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One of the premier shows of the summer was Tomahawk‘s raucous return to New York City. I hadn’t seen the Mike Patton led supergroup live in years (I think since an Ipecac showcase with Melt Banana, The Melvins and maybe even Isis…a long time ago), but they were back strong and in fighting shape. 2013 has seen some top notch releases, from The Ocean’s tidal tour de force Pelagial to the latest twists-and-turns filled power metal opus Nemesis from Stratovarius, but Tomahawk’s hard rock return Oddfellows is right smack near the top of the heap.

I’ll raise some eyebrows saying this, but Tomahawk has been my favorite Patton project since the group’s inception. As much as I love Faith No More (especially stone cold classic Angel Dust and oft-forgotten Bogus Journey soundtrack gem “The Perfect Crime”), Duane Denison of Jesus Lizard fame is just such a beast on guitar that anything with his name on it is hard to beat. He’s kind of one of those Tony Iommi type guitarists who play many riffs that sound related but which all absolutely kill. I mean, this is the guy who wrote “Dancing Naked Ladies” and “Wheelchair Epidemic”, for heck’s sake. Add John Stanier on the kit, who has progressed leaps and bounds since his already untouchable early years with the mighty Helmet, and (nowadays) Trevor Dunn on bass and ’nuff said.

Click HERE to read the full review

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eshf_sausagescoverhires_1I realized in horror that while we have way too many posts about seriously subpar metalcore bands, no one had any posts about the best band ever, The Melvins. Let me ammend that error and simultaneously increase the coolness of our humble metal domain tenfold by announcing the upcoming release of an unorthodox covers album from the “Godfathers of Grunge” entitled… Everybody Loves Sausages.

Melvins and cover songs usually equals genius. Their versions of “God Of Thunder” by Kiss, “Youth Of America” by The Wipers and of course, their infamous version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with none other than Leif Garrett on vocals are the stuff of legend.

Now, fans can wet their whistles on this collection (out April 30th on Ipecac), which is probably worth it for the Melvins/Scott Kelly team up on Venom’s “Warhead” alone. Personally, I am really excited and scared to hear them cover “Best Friend” by Queen with the dude from Tweak Bird. I need some strong LSD. Other guests include Jello Biafra, Mark Arm and many more.

King Buzzo says: “This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically. We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.”

Click Here for complete track listing!
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Isis stream live album “ISIS Live II”

Posted by Ehrila on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM (PST)

Fans of the glory that was Isis are sad to see such an amazing band come and go, but the band will release five live albums that should please any fan of the progressive five-piece.

May 31st already saw the release of the first album, “ISIS Live I,” and this Tuesday June 14th, the band will release its follow-up, “ISIS Live II” which was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden 2003.

The album is currently available for streaming at this location.

More info on the five albums can be found here.

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