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Isis: No Hipster Metal Here

Want tangible proof that the scene chatter and message board rumblings of snobs, elitists, shit talkers and neophytes barely and rarely penetrate the creative process or the mindset of bands? When asked how he felt about the term ‘hipster’ metal, however wrongly or rightly, being applied to his band, Isis‘ Aaron Turner told Noisecreep, “I wasn’t aware that was a tag commonly applied to our music. It seems people have a hard time coming up with a precise term to assign to us, and as far as I’m concerned, it is of little importance. I find this particular term especially amusing, considering that for the first half of our ‘career’ we existed in complete obscurity. Maybe because metal has become more socially acceptable to listen to at the moment we are perceived as being ‘hipster metal,’ but as I said before it has no real bearing on what we actually do.” See what we mean? There’s the proof.

Fans and scenesters can argue until they’re blue in the face about a band’s cred, its hipness quotient or how ‘the more obscure the seven inch, the more credible the band,’ but it doesn’t factor in a band’s perception of itself and it’s certainly not something that’s keeping Turner and company up at night.

Isis’ latest opus, ‘Wavering Radiant,’ is due out through Mike Patton’s Ipecac on May 5. The band is known for complex, multi-faceted metal that attracts astute metalheads –hence that pesky “hipster metal” term that’s often to applied to bands like Mastodon, who aren’t hipster at all! Turner offered a sense of perspective in regards to the new album, also telling Noisecreep, “It’s an extension of and expansion on what we’ve done in the past – just as our previous albums have been. When it comes time to commence work on new music we have always focused on pushing ourselves past our prior work. This applies to the way the songs are constructed, the way we play our individual instruments and the energy and thought invested in actually making the album.”

He also contends that the album is still “recognizably Isis” and after a few spins of the album, you’ll be inclined to agree, especially if you are fan of the band’s spacious, complicated and intelligent metal offerings. “If I had to generalize I would say this album is more complex in terms of the melodic elements and structures contained therein,” Turner said. The band worked with Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Melvins) for ‘Wavering Radiant.’

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