NewsFebruary 11, 2004 4:52 PM ET6,265 views

Isis news and notes

Noise/rock/metal heavyweights Isis continue to make progress on their next album as they have completed three songs, with a fourth underway. Here's what the group says about the new material: "All we can say so far is that it's a continuation of the paths explored on "Oceanic," with some steps further into the areas of melody and atmosphere. Don't worry though, there's enough epic heaviness to satisfy the need for such in all of us as well as you - just more breathing room for some of the other aspects of our music to shine through." The band hopes to have 8-9 songs ready when they enter the studio this summer, though some of the material may not end up on the new album. And while lyrical and conceptual ideas have been taking shape, no song titles or an album title have been decided upon yet. Meanwhile, the first of the band's upcoming live CDs will be available in March. The material is from a live set in San Francisco during the group's last West Coast tour with Mogwai. Covers for the release will be hand made by MJB and Interrobang letterpress. In related news, the first volume of the band's remix project is nearly complete. This volume will feature remixes/reinterpretations of "False Light" by Ayal Naor (of 27) and the Oktopus (of Dalek). It will also include a version of "The Other" by James Plotkin. Volume 2 will follow roughly one month later and will include tracks by Justin Broadrick, Teledubgnosis, and DJ Speedranch. Look for these releases to surface via Robotic Empire later this year. Additionally, the group has also mentioned putting out a split with Melvins at some point too. Finally, Isis members Cliff Meyer and Jeff Caxide are playing with a new group called Red Sparowes, which apparently sounds vaguely similar to Isis. The group also includes members of Cignal and Halifax Pier. At this point a demo and live shows are in the works.

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