When news broke in 2010 that Isis had broken up, many metal fans grieved. Yet, they left us one more document, a 14-track odds and ends collection called Temporal, out today on Ipecac.
Temporal (2CD + DVD)
This one’s easy: if you’re a fan of Isis, you want this. If you’re a fan of Neurosis or other thoughtful metal, and haven’t heard of Isis, you want any and all Isis albums. In all seriousness, “B” sides collections like these are usually pretty hit or miss, but with a workmanlike band such as Isis, rest assured that every song they’ve committed to tape contains maximum effort and ability. This is metal for the thinking man, so be prepared to disappear into another realm for a while. (Oh, and keep an eye out next year for Palms, a new band featuring three dudes from Isis and Chino Moreno from The Deftones.)
Check out the 8-minute “Ghost Key” from Temporal: