Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Good Night!

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. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift. As with any momentous life-changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of it within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it's best to do what we've always done in and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we've been together. The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows (or both). It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you. 

In more immediate and practical terms the tour we are about to embark upon is indeed our last. We are hoping that these final live rituals can help us bring a close to the life of this band in a celebratory and reverent way, and also provide us with a chance to say goodbye to many of those that have supported us over the years. While there is a measure of sadness that comes with the passing of this band, we hope that the final days can be joyous ones during which any and all that wish to come and join us will do so. It seems fitting that the last show of the tour and of our active existence will take place in Montreal, the site of the very first ISIS show in 1997 (though that was an unintentional move when booking the show initially). After the tour we also plan to follow through with other projects set in motion some time ago - pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it. 

Thanks again to any and all,

ISIS, May 18, 2010

227 comments:

  1. Ahhhh maaaan. :( Thank you guys for years of incredible music. You rule.

    Chuck

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  2. my heart is broken, my ears are bleeding, my record collection is suffering.

    long live to the band who defined the word "post"...

    my greeting and handsdown from Costa Rica.


    ps: come here, give us a show, i'll take you on vacations

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  3. Huge thank you for the inspiration, and simply thanks for just 'being'. Wish you guys the best whatever you'll be up to :]

    Swarm forever on!

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  4. Truly a sad day. I'm glad I'll be able to see your last three US shows, but when that last note rings in Portland, eyes will surely sting...

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  5. I blame it on the koala bear.

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  6. we love you, isis.

    so who's going to update their wiki entry?

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  7. :(

    For the last 6 years I've been listening and have been deeply inspired, and am sad to say that I never got the chance to see you guys live and apparently never will.

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  8. You are all amazing people and have done such amazing things along the way- you have bought many of US sooo much! And that is the ultimate gift- esp being MUSIC!
    Isis will forever be loved and the rare sounds you all made together will never be forgotten!

    I love you Aaron big bro, you will always be amazing no matter what you do! xxx

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  9. Brilliantly done and birlliantly played. WIll miss your music.

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  10. you are beautiful. we have until midnight, now.
    Do great things, Isis

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  11. Guys,You guys were part of my first ever show that i did way back in 98.We started our special friend ship that night that still holds true.Then you five gave me a chance to start seeing the world. Even though we were on " tour" for 4 days out of a ten day tour or something like that.That one nearly ended the band on 95 headed back to boston but you continued on and out of the shadows and showed up the critics the beast that you're known today . That is something i hold very special to me. I will never forget what ISIS means to me,
    thank you for that.
    Rich " Dr. Gonzo" Hall

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  12. This sounds like one of the most heartfelt statements I've ever read from a band, I can't even put into words how much I respect you guys for ending this way. I'm glad to say I'll be seeing you guys at the Troubadour for the first( and also my last) time, and have confidence that it will be amazing. Thank you for 13 years of hard work, and for being an influence toward my future musical creation.

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  13. So glad I got to see you guys live. Thanks for the shows, the records, and the time you have invested in putting out great music. Sad to hear you guys go.

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  14. . . . and never came to Mexico!

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  15. Wow, i'm really affected by your decision. But that's a responsible one, and we must respect that.

    Personal point, i'm french and i decided to move to Montreal this year for many reasons, and seeing you guys a third and last time for the very last show is going to be one of the culminating point of the year.

    Do you plan to record this last show ?

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  16. Thanks for days of beautiful music.

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  17. may the great music live on!

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  18. Is there any way possible the two Boston dates can be changed from 18+ to all ages? Seriously, any?

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  19. shattered, but so glad I got to see you In Australia before you left us. You will be missed, at least the music of ISIS lives forever

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  20. Thanks for the last tour!
    I look forward to your future projects, may you find future collaborations as fruitful as ISIS was.

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  21. i wish there'll be farewell tour in South east Asia. i'm gonna miss you guys for the great music....

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  22. discography will be on repeat all week. Will probably cry when i hear celestial for the last time live.

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  23. You guys will be sadly missed. I'm so glad I go the opportunity to see you dudes live in Toronto last Summer. It was an incredible show. Thank you very much for the amazing music.

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  24. And you never came to south america, you'll be missed in Chile

    you're truly great, we wish you the best

    ps: will you do any special selist this tour? you should play in selected shows your full albums and release a farewell dvd, that would be epic

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  25. Feel like crying.

    You guys are definitely one of the greatest bands in the genre, one of my favorites of all time. There's something mystical about your sound that other bands have trouble achieving, both a mix of brutality and beauty, order and chaos. Shame that such a band has to leave.

    I'm fuckin relieved I got tickets to your live show in a week, thank fuck I didn't miss out this time.

    RIP. You will be sorely missed. I look forward to a hell of a show next week, something that'll let the band rest in my mind with a hell of a memorable experience.

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  26. Sad news indeed. Thank you for creating such powerful and emotive music. From recorded form to live performance; I've enjoyed it all. And thank you for touring Australia a few times. I've loved it every time.

    Respect.

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  27. Wow. I was just listening to wavering radiant in my car moments before I read this, and I realized how much your music has changed my life. The world is beautiful, but less so without you.

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  28. a huge thank you to you for giving us a great run. Can't think of any other band i have seen seven times. all the best!

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  29. wow i cant believe this. thank you guys for such great music over the years!!!

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  30. I'm speechless and in shock. I Never would've even wanted to imagine this moment. But all beautiful things in life must always come to an end. Sad, but that's the case today. Shine on...

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  31. Posted on my birthday, too. This is like THE WORST present of all time.

    But, much respect for knowing when to say goodbye. You've created a powerful legacy of works, untainted by mediocrity, which will continue to inspire and move our hearts and minds for many years to come. I just wish your final tour included a show in Sydney, Australia.

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  32. thank you for the music! too bad i never had the chance to see you guys play live..

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  33. This is very sad... Thank you for all the incredible music. I'll keep listening for years to come.

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  34. Thank you for many, many years of records and shows. Truly an inspiration,

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  35. Terribly sad.

    Thank you for all the brilliant music. Hope you all achieve whatever you desire in future endeavours from Scotland.

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  36. This is so sad. i never got to see you guys live. favourite band... ):

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  37. Thank you very much for your music, guys. It means a lot for most of us, and we will always have it in our hearts. You were special. I'm glad I attended your show in Moscow!

    And please, record and release your final tour!

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  38. Many thanks to ISIS for creating phenomenal music over years. This is very sad news to me. But I'm glad I'll make it your last show in SFO.

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  39. this is sad, I fucking love Isis. And what makes it even worse for me is that I have never seen them live yet.. I'm gonna try to catch one of the last dates. Respect and thanks for making some of the most beautiful intelligent music ever. You will always be remembered.....

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  40. I don`t know what to say.
    From your point of view the decision is right. "Finish on a high note". I`m lucky I could see you guys last fall in Germany, it was the 6th time.
    Your Music is something special. Nothing like all the other Bands I'm listening to, it is really unique and to me the best Soundtrack for my soul and thoughts and everything surrounding me.
    At least it's because of ISIS that I started making music again.
    Thank you so much for the very deep concerts and the Albums and EPs. I will never stop loving your music.

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  41. thank you for your music, you reignited my faith in the current music scene. your last album was perfection for me and your last show i saw (Adelaide Soundwave earlier this year) was absolutely incredible.

    I'll miss you, I look forward to the EP

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  42. Thanks for the music and memories , I owe the band a lot for experiences I'd never have had without the kindness shown to me .

    I wish you all the best of luck in your futures.

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  43. I'm gutted at this news, you've made some fantastic music and there will now be a hole in my anticipation of what's might be on the horizon.

    Thanks for all the great music over the years.

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  44. Goddamit ISIS, thanks for ruining my birthday...so fucking grateful for the music, you will be so fucking missed! The only 'good' thing about this is you not hogging the "best band in the world" mantel anymore...

    PS: If you do decide to go to Costa Rica, drop down here by Honduras too!

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  45. Watching you guys in Australia was a magical experience, I hoped to see you come here again in the near future and am sad (to say the least) that you won't. But thankyou for an enlightening experience and I wish you all the best with whatever you do. If any of you do anything else you can guarantee I'll be eager to hear it

    Peace

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  46. Thanks for all the amazing records and shows guys. You were and always will be a true inspiration to those of us out there who seek something meaningful in rock n roll music.

    Good luck for the future!

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  47. Very, very sad news... Your mind-blowingly awesome music has gotten me through some very tough times, it's like a best friend to me.

    I'm happy I got to see you live... Incredible experience!

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  48. I really love your work, you have inspiring me in many ways. I never see (ear) you live, and i'm so sad for that. I was hopeful you will be touring someday in latinamerica. Thank you guys, your music was to stay forever in our minds and souls...

    Mosquito rules!!!

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  49. i'll never forget the first time i'd listen to Oceanic. You guys have changed me. I am fuckin' sad. Love and respect from Italy.

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  50. Now preparing myself for a quick and painless suicide...=(.
    I've seen you guys 3 times hoping to hear backlit, my favorite song of all time... Live.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE play backlit when you come to the 9:30 Club in Dc!

    PLEASE =(.
    ~mike~

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  51. That is so sad news... And i have missed your last year's concert in Warsaw coz i thought "I am so busy now, but it's ok if i don't go - there will be plenty of concerts in upcoming years"
    I wish i wasn't wrong then.
    The best Post/Sludge band is turning to dust and flying away to join the immortal Swarm.
    Let the Divine Mother be with you all!

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  52. Shit. Thanks for all the good music, wish you the best for the future.

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  53. Maan, that's sad news indeed.
    Thank you for the truly amazing work you've done, it won't be forgotten any time soon.

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  54. I can only say as a person who has just started listening to you (in fact I picked up my first album 2 days after you played my home town of Wellington NZ) that you guys have made such awesome music, that I think is pretty bloody timeless!!!

    So thanks for the music!! I'm gutted I missed the chance to see you play, but as with the sentiment above, thank you sooooooo much!! Such a fresh outlook on metal, and so many paying homage by creating music now of a similar ilk, though nothing compares to you.

    Thank you Isis.

    Malc, Wellington, New Zealand.

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  55. GOODBYE TO THE BIGGEST BAND OF 00's
    Hope to see you someday again live in Greece..

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  56. your music still stays with us hehe. thank you =)

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  57. I can't believe it, i discover you with "Wavering Radiant" and you're now one of my favourite bands... WTF??!?!?

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  58. Hearing Celestial (The Tower) performed live was perhaps one of the best moments I've ever experienced in live music.

    I have been one rabid fucking fan since Panopticon, and the music has consistently kept getting better and better with every release. A tip of the hat, for that.




    I quite literally cannot name a band I love more than Isis. I will miss you.

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  59. all good things...

    thankyou for the years and years of amazing music. thankyou for sharing with us.

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  60. so long ISIS and farewell, you'll be greatly missed. Thanks for bringing something completely new into my musical taste. I never forget your gig in Helsinki with Dälek, such a great event. Peace.

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  61. I really don't know what to say.. I just cannot believe that there's no ISIS any longer :((
    thanks for being the best band ever with the best album ever(Panopticon) and the best song ever(Threshold of Transformation). and the concert in linz (austria) in november 09 was the fucking best show I have ever been to.
    this is probably the worst day of my life :((

    Thanks for being awesome,
    Michael

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  62. Guys i thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to Estonia!I got to see my favorite thing in the whole world.Forever in debt.


    Mihkel.

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  63. Your songs brought me to tears. Looking forward to the last EP. Thanks for everything.

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  64. absolutely devistating to hear but this also proves that you guys are indeed the best band in the universe..
    thanks for fullfilling many of my nights and making me appreciate good music in general.
    my isis cd collection will be on high rotation forever..
    cheers!

    nick

    Tasmania

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  65. You're my favourite band, so it's useless to try to put to words the disapointment I'm feeling right now.
    Thank you for all the great music and congratulations for your huge talent. You've been one of those rare bands that managed to write great music while being truly original and innovative at the same time.
    Hope you get the time to do one last show in Portugal. Your last one was killer.
    Best of luck for your new projects, which I'll be eagerly awating for.

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  66. Thanks for beautiful music. You are the best. We are sad... Come to Russia with your last concert. Russian fans.

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  67. Sad news, but a brave and admirable decision. ISIS will now always be a great band.

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  68. Thank you for the sincere and heartfelt statement. I'm a bit teary-eyed. And I won't even get a chance to see you guys. Come to South Africa??? You've started a "Post" movement here :) Long live Isis, truly innovative and groundbreaking music. Thank you!

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  69. And I would like to receive first and last chance to see Isis.
    Because Isis is the greatest band.. for me.

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  70. It's a gloomy day indeed. Y'all will be missed. Thank you for all the great music and memories.

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  71. Very sad indeed. I haven't been listening to you very long, but you are one of few bands I truly love. I am happy I found you, happy I saw you in Prague in November 09 for the first and the last time. Thank you very much!

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  72. Wow i cant believe this.

    Thank you for the truly amazing work you've done, it won't be forgotten any time soon. You guys will be sadly missed. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to see you dudes live Oporto, Portugal

    Truly an inspiration, I wish you the best

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  73. Been writing all my life, and since I found you guys, you've been a staple to help me tap into my creative worlds.

    Thank you so much for your work... you will be sorely missed. <3

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  74. Thank you SO much for your music and your truly breathtaking shows.. Your music and everything i felt during your shows is carved into my soul.. Wishing u guys all the best and hope u guys come by Greece during your last tour cause we really gonna miss you very very much.. Thank you soooo much ISIS. Goodbye.

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  75. Since reading this I have bought tickets to the Montreal show, contacted my travel agent to get me from Melbourne, Australia to Montreal in time, and sent an impassioned plea to a university lecturer to move an examination date which happens to fall on 22 June 2010.

    It's the least I could do.

    Thank you so much for your incredible music.

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  76. Thanx for everything!! and Good luck!!

    Salutes from Bolivia!

    Hail ISIS

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  77. Damn, I was hoping to see you again. Farewell tour, and no Midwest dates.

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  78. Must've been a very tough decision to make, but totally understand your (well explained) reasons.

    I can honestly say that out of the hundreds of shows that I've seen in my 25 years of gig going the Isis shows that I've seen you guys play in various venues around England, over the last few years, have been some of the most exhilarating, powerful, visceral and emotional I have ever seen.

    Your sound has evolved so much and I will undoubtedly continue to listen to, and love, the albums until the day I die.

    All the best to you all in whatever you choose to do next.

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  79. I don't really get why something so good has to end but I guess all that begins must eventually come to an end.

    Art has it's own philosophy and relationship with time, a relationship that I don't quite understand but am glad that even if things end there's always a good memory after it, to enjoy.

    I just hope you know it is great art that you presented us with, and that it made a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Thank you and good night.

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  80. Thank you for all these years. Your beautiful and inspirational music is gonna live forever in our hearts. Good luck guys! Greetings from Sweden.

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  81. Aaron - you are/were the best post-metal musician I have ever seen. So this is really sad. It would be great if you and other members of Isis indicate their upcoming projects so that we can follow.

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  82. continue to love .. you're irreplaceable, you have marked my time, my life, you made me laugh, cry, dream love ... you are in me and you forever
    :'(

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  83. <3 Please let us in on your other projects. They are well known by many, but who couldn't use the reminder?

    You guys are just amazing. Congratulations on your 13 beautiful years together.

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  84. What can I say, but thank-you so much for this wonderful art, it'll stay with me for as long as I have this pair of ears.

    Good luck with everything in the future, and I look forward to the final e.p.

    Dom x

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  85. Good things always come to an end. Still listening to your latest record with an awe. You guys were.. no, you guys ARE amazing! Looking forward to your future endeavours whatever they may be. Good luck!

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  86. Guys, thank you so much for your music, your amazing music. Fortunately I got to see you once in Italy, last year.
    I wish you all the best!

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  87. oh thats very very sad but i respect your decision. the only thing that remains is the fact that this came really unexpected.its a shame you wont end your career with another world tour playing celestial every night as a closer.RIP & thank you so much for your music!

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  88. I really enjoyed your show in Tokyo, just a few months ago.It was so nice.
    So, it's really sad to hear the news that ISIS come to an end.
    Thank you very much for great music for years, guys.
    I hope yo a good luck and wish to see you all in a near future.

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  89. ISIS has been one of my favorite bands since I was 15, it's been amazing to hear the evolution of your sound over the years. I'm totally heart-broken right now, but I'll try to see you as many times as possible on this tour. Thank you for all the incredible music you've released over the years.

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  90. thank you for finally coming to maine before the end. that along with the two preceding boston shows will bring me up to 15 times that i will have seen you guys live, and i have never been once been disappointed. (well, aside from mansfield with tool, which i only saw about half of holy tears, but thats the fault of horrific traffic that plagues that goddamn venue, not you guys, hah)

    one request/suggestion: a US release of a CD boxset of all the albums similar to the japan release

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  91. A day it changes everything

    Thank You.

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  92. Fuck.
    I'm crying right now, guys =(
    Specially because i know i will never have the posibility to see you live (I'm from Argentina)
    Life sucks

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  93. NNNNNOOOOOOO!!!
    C'mon guys. There's more music to be explored, more venues to be played, more hearts to be reached. What am I supposed to listen to now?! You will be missed.

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  94. Wow, I am terribly shocked.

    Your music has been a shining light among the stale and repetitive stuff that's out there right now.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing music with us. What can I say...it has been an absolute privilege discovering and listening to you guys.

    See you in LA very soon!

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  95. Wow. Thanks for changing the course of music forever, that was awesome. The whole bit about calling it quits with a tour that comes nowhere near the Midwest? Weak. Wait--couldn't you at least squeeze a Chicago or Milwaukee date in between L.A. and Bonnaroo???

    I will not be bitter. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to see you guys play in the past. You exploded my concept of what was possible in music back in 2002. Thanks for contributing an immeasurable part of who I am.

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  96. Can't say I'm shocked at this point, I think the band has hinted at this a few times since the release of WR.

    Needless to say I'm majorly bummed out right now, at least I get to take in more show on 6/4. I'm sure it will be met with a well of emotions.

    Thanks for the music.

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  97. The huge number of messages here upon me is the sign of something. Your message reached the guys it was directed to, and it did it very very good.
    I am what i am also thanks to you, guys. I'll never thank you enough for your records i'm owning and loving.
    Thank you, again and again and again.
    You've been, and still are, part of me.

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  98. this are really sad news.. i always had the hope that you would come to mexico to perform at least one time.. but we never had the privilege to watch you perform.. you'll be missed a lot.. PLEASE COME TO MEXICO... i speak for tons of fans that were waiting for the time to listen to your music.

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  99. Your music was to stay forever...

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  100. I'm so grateful that I can still have a chane to catch you guys one last time in LA, even though it's just my second ISIS show and I haven't seen you guys play Celestial. (Last June was my first time seeing you guys since I'm a international graduate student)

    You guys did inspire people with the brilliant soul. Good luck and keep on making music.

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  101. Fuck, this sucks so bad. Love you guys to death. If you think its time to go though, I can respect that. Thank you for all the years of amazing music (not a bad song in your collection) and live shows which I had the privilege of catching last year. Wish I could see you guys again one more time, but its just not gonna be possible. Thank you all so much. Your music has been a gift and inspiration for me.

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  102. fuck! at least i can say i saw once last decemberin bilbao

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  103. as all the other posts have said; terribly sad to hear that this is it. Thanks for some truly wonderful music over the years.. I remember working at the local hc/punk store and I got to hear Moquito Control the first time, and it just blew me away. So glad that I got to catch you live, amazing.

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  104. Thank you for everything. It looks like I'm going to have to drive down to Atlanta to see you all.

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  105. I love Isis. Your music has inspired me and fueled my continued growth as an individual.
    best wishes,

    Riley

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  107. two years ago my life has changed, and with that change ISIS has come into my life. for the last, i think, half of year i couldn't listen to anything except you guys. i feel your music inside of me... thank you... my dream was to see your show, but.... too far.... very sad... well, best wishes from the all fans of Ukraine!!!

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  108. As words can't properly express how any of you or any of us out there feel, let it be said that the gratitude and love for the music made by the five of you guys will be never-ending. You've left your imprint on the music world and our lives more than you may know. Hail Isis, long live the swarm...

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  109. That's for me the worst news. It's like to miss a brother or the best friend.
    I think you are the only band that have reached the satori in a few musical moments.
    ISIS, the best living band.
    Thank you very much for all the music!
    Italy

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  110. Sad news, just stuck panopticon on then saw the announcement! Isis have been an incredible band for me for the last few years, truly inspirational work. I even referenced you in my degree papers! Thank you so much for the music over the years, this week will be an ISIS week!
    Good luck for all the future endeavours, hope to see some classics hooked up in future times.

    Ben

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  111. Nothing can sum up my thoughts and feeling at this news. But what I can say is thank you. My time with you may have been short, but its better to have heard your music than not at all. I just hope you carry on your other projects with the same enthusiasm.

    You will always be a part of my life, and my work. Thank you for all the inspiration and good times.

    Peace

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  112. i'm happy i had the chance listening to you live. you made history.

    giulio

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  113. Sad news. I'm GLAD to have been able to attend one of your concerts (Latte+ Brescia, Italy 4/24/2008); fond memory. I may consider myself fortunate.

    I wish you all the best in your future projects and lives.

    Hoping to read by chance, on a few years to come, that you're making an album again.

    Thiara

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  114. fuck, i was hoping this day never came. it's too soon.

    i am in texas and must fly to one of these last shows just to see you one more time live. i wish this was not happening yet as wavering radiant rocked me on so many levels. i listened to it for 2 months straight all day everyday. such a great album to end on.

    thank you

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  115. It pains me to read this, but I understand entirely. I wish to extend to you guys my deepest and most sincere thanks for the amazing music that ISIS has given the world. I have only been a fan since 2008, but your music has left a profound and positive impact on my life since I began listening. Wavering Radiant is, in my mind, one of the greatest records I have ever heard, and is a fitting way to end the incredible artistic legacy of ISIS.

    I hate to see you guys go, but I wish everyone in the band the best of luck in all future endeavors. Luckily I am able to catch you guys in LA on this final tour, for the only time I will get to see ISIS live.

    Goodbye ISIS, and again, thank you.

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  116. It's not fair...please someone tell us that we're on Candid Camera! I just can't believe it....I never thought this day would come 'cause I just can't get enough of your unique inspiring music! I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to see you twice here in Italy...but it's even sadder to think there won't be another one.
    THANKS ISIS for the thrills you have given me and always give

    Marco

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  117. Simple words cannot express the appreciation I have for this band. So many musical moments, some actually changing the course of my life.
    Dedicated follower since “Oceanic” and have enjoyed watching the growth to “Waving Radiant” which was pure genius.
    As always, I will be at their June 4th show in SF. However, this will be the last. Sad but I know these guys will go on to do great stuff.
    Just a huge “thank you” for getting me through a couple very hard moments in my life (addiction, new starts, etc). The power, emotion, and soul in the words/sounds will live on forever.
    As a wise man once said…”chin chin”…indeed.

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  118. Well i need thanking to us, for they's years in a good moments thanks for your's.
    cheers and voilá

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  119. please don't do this. your music gets me through the day.

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  120. The perfect model of a the path a band should take in the currently lagging music industry, you guys'll be sorely missed. It's bittersweet knowing that the band is moving on to greener pastures while on a high note, leaving behind a legacy of great art. Doesn't change the fact that I never wanted to end!

    Thank you and goodbye.

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  121. It is very difficult to express everything you have sent me over the years and the amount of feelings and sensations that you have caused me. You're the only band I never tire of listening. I've always been very difficult to see you because I live in southern Spain and everything is far away, but in November I could go to Madrid to see you and it was one of the best times of my life. I hope the amplieis tour to Europe, because I will move heaven and earth to go to see you.

    Thank you very much for everything, seriously, are the best.

    Greetings from Sevilla

    Pepe

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  122. Thanks for making the greatest music, I'll wish you the best. I've only been a fan since early '09, but still you win my personal charts by far. I'm lucky to have seen you lvie before you split up.

    Thanks and goodbye, ISIS.

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  123. As an Isis nerd, being on my travels and reading this late is a bit embarrassing for me. But I'd like to reiterate what everyone else has said and thank you for your collective, genuinely positive impact upon my life. I will miss your presence in the music scene wholeheartedly.

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  124. This is sad news but a good way to end it. Hope your talent in music continues to exist in other places as other forms. And I hope you actually do one final megatour, because I would really like to see you live after listening to your music for years.

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  125. Holy Tears rolling down my cheeks, I'm so sad, but also eager to see/hear what each one of you will bless us with in the future.
    It feels like it's time for endings and beginnings all over right now.
    I'm deeply grateful I got to see your headlining show while on vacation in Sydney this year, and stayed behind to wait for Aaron's autograph. I don't usually get star struck, only in the presence of greatness :) I definitely was that night...that show will be a nice memory.
    I wish you all the very best, and can't wait to rock out at your Athens, GA show...
    Until then it's Isis week at my house, office, in my car :)
    From the bottom of my heart...Thank you! x 1,000,000...you've had such a big impact on my life.

    Love you guys...ISIS music lives forever!

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  126. Isis have been one of our most true inspiration, and I like to think that this is the most clean form of respect and gratitude.

    Qube.

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  127. you guys are truly an inspiration for bands worldwide. I wouldn't be quite the same as a musician if I had not seen you live. The energy and impact of your performance is inspiration for years to come. I am very sad to hear you guys are calling it quits, I hope in the future you all feel the need to say a little more and make more music without the pressure of being a gigging band.

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  128. Very sad news...
    Thank you all,guys and good luck!

    Russia

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  129. Oceanic is one of the best works I've ever heard. Thank you for everything.

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  130. Very sorry to see you go. Panopticon will remain as one of my favorite albums of all time. I saw you guys live in Dublin a few years ago and you were fantastic. Good luck with whatever you each decide to do next. Your music has been an inspiration.

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  131. Guys, I truly love your music. I'm so grateful I had the chance to see you live twice. Your live and recorded work exhibits brilliant musicianship, feel, style, originality of thought and clarity of purpose. For me, you are among the great bands of our generation.

    Sad to hear it has ended, but all things must and you have made yours dignified, gracious and voluntary. Bravo.

    I've always said that ISIS's music rewards repeated listening and I'm sure I'll be enjoying your work for years to come.

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  132. Always go out on top. Wavering Radiant was top shelf. Your last show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne was superb. Cheers guys, good luck in all your pursuits.

    @Cam3192

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  133. Good luck, guys. I wish you the best. I cannot properly express my gratitude. You have brought wonderful things into the lives of many people.

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  135. KHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

    This kills me. I will see you on June 5th - Los Angeles. I purchased my ticket many weeks ago and now I'm glad and honored that I did. I would not miss this for anything.

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  136. Thank you for everything!!! We´ll miss you

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  137. Thanks guys, your music and shows helped a lot to overcome in the last decade! truly inspirational!

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  138. Epic band.
    Epic music.

    Thanks for coming through Brisbane Australia the few times when you did.

    I will miss ISIS.

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  140. It's a sobering moment,
    hearing your favorite band is breaking up. We're really sad
    about that. With this step ISIS are demonstrating, how great they deal with
    this awesome music.
    ...We wanna thank all five of you guys, for being such a great
    inspiration...

    Love & respect,
    SATORY

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  141. Your music changed my life, in a certain way, deep in a core of my being. As deep as your music goes... Thank you for that, thank you for everything you have done, thank you for all the inspirations. I wish you the best and can't wait to hear you in other projects.

    Thank you ISIS!

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  142. It is sad to hear that ISIS is no more, but then again it's better to stop while you're on the top.

    My favorite album is "Panopticon", nothing less than a masterpiece.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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  143. Simply put, ISIS has been one of the most important bands i grew up with, following you since before Oceanic. When approaching your records over the years i clearly remember that feeling of shock and discovery, the one that comes out of true and original things only. I hope that all of you will go on with other creative projects in one way or another.
    Thanks for everything & best wishes from Rome

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  144. You were The Band which music had the biggest influence on my life over the past ~4 years I've known you.

    I don't think there will be a group that will ever top what you have done. It's truly unique and most likely you will remain as my all-time favourite.

    Peace.

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  145. Ok..
    Still feel i am blessed/lucky guy when, back at 2002, i bumped on your Oceanic internet page..something was yelling at me, even though the sound from that old laptop didnt tell much, something extraordinary is going with you..so i ordered online...still freakin remember the first night i heard the cd!
    .Had the luck to watch you 3 times live at Athens, Greece, all rare and unique experiences for me.
    hope whatever you do has the winds of prosperity behind you...from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything..honestly

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  146. I've been sitting here for 10 minutes by now thinking about what should I write but I couldn't figure out anything, so I just thank you guys for the great music you've been putting toghether for the last 13 years and for the awesome show in Hungary last fall.

    Goodbye you guys, and thank you!

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  147. I thought Wavering Radiant brought yet another interesting change to ISIS.

    Well, I understand. There aren't many ways to change ISIS' original sound without changing the style so much that it'll no longer sound like ISIS. It's the point all bands meet eventually, so better to end it on the positive note that was Wavering Radiant.

    Still, sad to see ya go.

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  148. Very sorry to see you guys go.
    I certainly understand when you say you've seen too many bands 'push past the point of a dignified death'.

    I think it's always best to leave the audience wanting more and you guys are doing just that.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys in NYC w/ The Melvins. It will be my first (and last) time seeing you guys.

    Thank you for all the great music you've put out. I wish all of you the best!

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  149. Thank you for all the great music... and putting on killer shows! Best of luck to all you guys! See you in L.A.! Thanks again :)

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  150. Thank you guys so much for all you've done.
    You made history.
    Take care and best luck.

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  151. I love you guys. You've made the most moving and powerful music.

    I'm glad I got to see you once live, it was absolutely incredible. I just wish I could see you one final time in Australia.

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  152. my favorite isis moment was my first experience of you. I had just started going to live shows and you guys blew my eardrums out [not literally, but it was one of the top 3 loudest shows I've ever been to in my life]. it was on your celestial tour, and your music was meditative, cathartic, and calming all at once.

    you guys have been so nice while on tour, I've enjoyed the all of the side projects [I still put on MGR's record from time to time, along with red sparowes, OMG, HoLC, etc.], and I've seen you a handful of times. wish you were making another pittsburgh stop, but I'm going to try to come see you in one of the other nearby towns if my work schedule will allow it.

    thank you for years of beautiful music. you guys have progressed and come a long way from the early EP's, and your touring and work ethic, along with your dedication in return to those who support you are unmatched in any scene. I'm also glad that the tool tour earned you guys so many new fans. you guys are great people and it shows in the music you make.

    best of luck in your future endeavors. I'll be doing a write-up on your career for the zine I write for as my final tribute to the legendary ISIS. I just wish we didn't have to deal with the dio passing and your break-up in the same week!

    much love, and humble regards,
    -adam rauf.

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  153. Truly a sad day for music and to be blatantly selfish, ME!!!!!!!!! The Wavering Radiant tour was like the band was just starting to blossom as a live act. Before that it was stiff and choreographed, WR tour was like the band was freed. I wanted more. Truly sad. Will always love ISIS.

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  154. In 2002, I'll never forget assisting you guys and Knut with your gear into a shitty members only club/bar in SLC, Utah because a bunch of SLC straight edge fucks drove you guys out of the original venue (Kilby Court). You guys rocked even though the venue sucked. Or the time when you guys were doing the Oceanic tour with Dalek, I had an amazing transcendental experience. Thanks for changing my perspective on music. XOXO

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  155. omg , i feel so sad to hear this but yet so lucky to have discovered yr music over these years. Thanx for this great trip.

    Adios

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  156. As I approach 40 with my days of playing hardcore shows in basements full of beer/apathy/potential violence a thing of the past, I was somewhat despairing of what I'd want to do next until about a month ago when I discovered your band in earnest and found the inspiration I needed. It's been more than heartening to say the least, and though I wish there was a Toronto show on June 24th (since I'll be there then), being able to close the loop playing your last show in the place where you started is something you can't put a price on.

    Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors, and congratulations on contributing such a strong body of work for so many people to continue to enjoy.

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  157. Please come to SLC. I just discovered your music. I would love to see you live.

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  158. Reading by all the comments I have to say I'm more fortunate than most of the fans; I moved from Detroit to Orange County, CA, so I should have the luxury of seeing the shows in San Diego and Los Angeles.

    Be that as it may, it's a meager consolation prize for the death of the band that essentially provided the inspiration and soundtrack of my life during my 20s. I'll never forget where I was at when I heard Oceanic for the first time and subsequently fell in love with the group. Since then, I've gone on to see Isis in two different states (California being the third) and have enjoyed the band's albums immensely.

    As for my favorite Isis memory, one stands out where it was Spring 2007 in front of St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. Well after the band had stopped playing and the fans went home, I went up to BC Meyer and Aaron Harris to congratulate them on a good show. BC Meyer took 5 seconds out of his life to shake my hand and I hope what happened afterward worked out for the band.

    Best of luck on your future endeavors gentlemen. I hope after enough time the fire rekindles itself and we end up talking about an Isis reunion.

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  159. I had a lengthy post written up, but I think a simple thank you sums it up. Your music has meant a ton to me over the years and while I'm very sad that it's over, I fully understand/respect/support the decision. This is really corny, but since other people are letting it all out I suppose I will too. The first time I listened to your music something clicked for me...It was a sound I had been looking for pretty much my whole life. I'm not talking genre, instrumentation, or anything like that. I really don't know what I'm talking about. But the first time I listened to Oceanic and Panopticon, I knew I found it. So once again, thank you.

    As I'm typing this, Threshold of Transformation is just finishing up. While I don't think WR was your best work (it is a really great album though), I think the end of that song is just a perfect cap/finish to all that you've done. Very much looking forward to seeing you for a second and final time next month in Boston.

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  160. i'll be listening to your albums for the rest of my life. thank you.

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  161. I'll also be playing Isis for as long as I live, long live Isis. Thank you.

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  162. It's a truly sad day. Thank you ISIS, for the music, for everything...

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  163. I'm thankful I got to see you live last summer. Truly incredible. You will be missed.

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  164. I am so grateful to ISIS for the music and the chance I had to see you play live in so many European countries -and I am so happy now that I did all that travelling when I could!! You have been one of the most important, life changing bands for me. Thank you!! And may all your different talents and projects continue!

    I love your music ALWAYS!
    Milla

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  165. For me, it is a sad day, but also a joyous one by reading that, from the beginning until the end, you stayed loyal to your beliefs and artistic vision.

    I was at the concert at Almada, Portugal, and it was a divine experience!

    thank you so much for your music!
    Jorge

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  166. :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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  167. Downer... :(
    I'll miss you guys.

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  168. I had the privilege of experiencing the cathartic power of your music live in Athens the past year.
    Even if it saddens me, your statement proves courage and honor. Virtues we lack as a species...
    And that is ISIS for me. Alien wise dudes!
    Cheers and wishes!

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  169. You were simply great. Thank you very much for the music and the good times.

    Good luck in the future!

    S.

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  170. The announcment at the first sight dissapointed me but then i thought 'it was time!'.I think that you have completed your cirlce at the ''in the abscence of truth''.You were my favorite band and i wanted you to broke up!Because for the greatest band in the world the cirlce must end.You had to do this for your fans.
    Thank you ISIS for everything.And when i am saying everyhing i mean and some of the strongest feelings in my life..

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  171. As ISIS have become part of my life, I felt it necessary to also post a thank you of sorts. The music this band created has had such a profound impact on my life as well as my means for gauging great music. ISIS' music did not have beauty as if it it was an element added to it, rather, it was beauty itself. ISIS is one of the very few bands that I feel has had integrity and sincerity all throughout their career, and these qualities have always come through in your music.

    I had the opportunity to see you play at the Grog Shop in Cleveland last year, and am thankful that I went. You have created wonderful music that I am sincerely thankful for.

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  172. Can't express my sadness at this news but I can appreciate and respect your reasons. Sincere best wishes for everything you guys do in the future and thank you for the amazing music and outstanding shows :-)

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  173. I just want to say, that ISIS completely changed my life. When I first listened to the Panopticon it was something magical. Something I never felt. ISIS is for me the band which changed history of art-metal and which changed my life. And it will always be...

    Wish you the best...

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  174. My oh my...
    This is leaving me with a sad spot in my heart. Thank god I saw you guys in Linz last year. Thanks for all the energy you gave me through your music.

    I hope you´re continuing doing what you do best. Making music that matters...

    all the best

    a fan from Austria

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  175. Panopticon is one of my all-time favorite albums. You guys made some incredible music and I'll miss that. See you at the Troubadour.

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  176. Im not ready for you guys to leave the scene. Your music has been progressing metal in the direction it needs to go. You've been inspiring. Detroit needs a show! Please extend the tour to the Midwest....I'm begging now. Great music, you'll be missed.

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  177. Yours is an extremely brave choice. Stopping when the ideas start to run out is something that almost no one has the guts to do.
    But it's needless to say that we'll really miss your music.

    That's not cause you're splitting that I say that you are one of my favourite band of all times. Your music has accompained me through countless great moments and incredibly helped me to grow music and non-music-wise.

    Thank you for all you have done.

    Good luck with all your new projects

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  178. Kinda speechless right now...Can only say thanks for everything you've done for music, and for me.

    I'll be flying over from England to catch your last show in Montreal. See you there.

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  179. Finally! Now I can attend a show without all those "holier than thou" hipsters raising my blood pressure. Sorry to see you guys go!

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  180. ISIS has changed my world, my perspectives and my outlook. This band has transcended beyond anything I could ever hope for as a favorite. You guys together have embedded yourselves into my and I'm sure thousands of other peoples' souls.
    I'm so unimaginably sad to hear that the end has come, but it's only the beginning and the end (badom-pish!). Actually that doesn't make too much sense but it's all good, because the joy and awe and emotional uplifting you've brought us far outweighs the fact that there might not be any more.. the fact this band has existed in time in this universe makes me grateful to have been alive to see you guys play several shows, own all of your CDs and be able to comprehend the amazingness.
    Thank you for giving us something that has been so ridiculously beautiful for so many years.
    Love love, more love, Olg.. I mean Lisa.

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  181. oh my god, it has hit me like a train. My favourite band will be gone. I'm so fucking proud i saw you this one time in Stuttgart, Germany AND convinced my girlfriend to come with me. It was a very intensive evening for both of us that we enjoyed so much. Especially me, seeing my sweet girlfriend headbanging to ISIS, the band that i fell in love with even before i met my girl! I will always remember and solicit your music for what is was for me - something really, really special. Thank you so goddamn much for broadening my mind and redefining my imagination of what music can be. Thank you. Best band ever.

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  182. thanks for everything dudes. love your music. inspires me to get out there and contribute someday...

    all the best for the future

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  183. Lost and ISIS both have departed in 2010. This had to be the year huh. Well this sucks :( Was blasting "In Fiction" while driving home this morning love the song and the video.

    Listened to you guys since "Oceanic" been a follower of the music ever since. This band got me into the underground sound and taught me a thing about the mainstream music...majority of it sucks. But the music that doesn't get played are the most treasured gems out there.

    Maybe you guys will be back for 1 album down the road, I don't think it's quite the end yet. I can only cling onto hope. But for now your music speaks volumes and your sound is ahead of the times. I will treasure it for years to come. Take care and thanks for the years of me rocking out in my car! lol.

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  184. I knew this day would eventually come. But still, that does not make it any easier.
    Thank you for such wonderful, beautiful, inspirational and affecting music.
    You were special.

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  185. ISIS we salute you .. u where the greatest !!

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  186. I cannot believe I have only just heard about this... Thankyou Isis for being my favourite group since I discovered you 8 years ago with Oceanic. Your music changed my life. I only wish I had a chance to see you live once more. I'll follow your future projects as well as your current ones.
    Thankyou again for your breathtaking work, good night Isis!

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  187. I haven't been present in your discussions about what leads art/music at its peak. In the case of Isis, it sureley includes expressing your feelings and defining your thoughts. You've put all this on everlasting records that are available even in many many years. You've might done what you wanted to do and said what you wanted to say and you definitely put it on your records. I agree, with rating this part as finished.

    But why is there no more space for live shows? There could be.

    This is just my point of view about a thing I'm not a part of. I don't intend to offend you and I hope I didn't do so because I respect your decission anyway and I'm as thankful as I can be for your outstanding work you've done in the past 13 years and I've shed some serious tears when I read about your disband.

    I wish all of you the best in your future. And may more and more people come in the awareness of Isis, a goddess.

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