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Isis – “20 Minutes/40 Years”
It’s hard to blame the innovators for all this aping, and Isis still stands above the fray on the strength of distinctive, warm guitar tones and a keen ear for melody. New album Wavering Radiant is another strong example of inventive, atmospheric songwriting, matching the band’s crushing riffs with a limber musicianship that abets the complicated arrangements. As the band continues to develop, eerie interludes have come into their own alongside their traditional riff-earthquakes.
Founding guitarist Aaron Turner is also the progenitor of Hydra Head Records, which has established itself as a premier label for all that is heavy, but also quirky. Featuring many artists Isis-like and not, Turner’s dual responsibility keeps the band at the center of a scene, independent of their musical inspiration.
The show at the Great American on Tuesday will feature labelmates Helms Alee and Mammifer (another Turner project), providing a three-Hydra-headed dose of captivating, mostly instrumental metal. Expect stately progressions and epic shifts, with the occasional moment that sounds like planets exploding in slow motion.
The show is $16, starts at 9pm and is 6+