In the 2010 blog post announcing their disbandment, the well-known sludge metal band Isis talked about having done everything they wanted to do, and said everything they wanted to say. Some of those sayings were obviously distributed through their formal releases; others were cast aside like the sporadic comments of a shy middle schooler, drowned out by the words of their more overtly talented classmates.
Abandoning the verbal metaphor now, Isis mentioned at the end of that blog post their devotion to doing whatever they can to make their music available “for as long as there are people who wish to hear it.” Only three years removed from Wavering Radiant (TMT Review), I think it’s safe to say that people are still interested, and with that, Isis and Ipecac Recordings have announced Temporal, a “retrospective collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and videos,” due out November 6. The collection spans the band’s entire discography.
Drummer Aaron Harris had this to say about the project: “It was fun and also very nostalgic collecting material for this release. I hear our catalogue differently now that I’m not living with these songs day to day. This is a special collection of outtakes, demos, unreleased tracks and videos; some of which I think we even forgot about.”
Unsurprisingly, with a title like “Temporal,” the release does nothing but increase the well-deserved longevity of Isis’ music.