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Isis - Clearing the Eye

Discussion in 'Media Reviews' started by circus_brimstone, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. circus_brimstone

    circus_brimstone Forest: Sold Out

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    Isis – Clearing the Eye
    Ipecac Recordings – IPC80 – September 26th, 2006
    By Jason Jordan

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    The subtitle of Clearing the Eye is fairly accurate – Visual/Aural Fragments and Excerpts 2001-2005 – but they should’ve changed the dash to an ampersand because, aside from a few photographs, you won’t be seeing anything from 2002, 2003, or 2004. Nevertheless, the live footage they have compiled is interesting, and for exact dates, locations, and set lists, scroll to the bottom of this review.

    On the DVD in question, Isis properly sample all of their full-length records (Celestial, Oceanic, and Panopticon) by playing numbers from each without concentrating solely on one, or, alternatively, leaving one out of the mix entirely. Though it’s nice to see videos from as early as 2001, the rule of thumb regarding live recordings can be applied in this particular case: the older the footage, the worse the quality. Ranging from handheld to professional overall, the camera work circa 2005 is usually excellent and the performances of Isis themselves are great, too.

    The two main problems, however, are the lack of focus on the audience on the part of the film crew, and the fact that there are no documentaries, band-made footage, or interviews to complement the live portion. Since bands and audiences feed off one another, it’s troubling not being able to ever see the reaction of Australian fans during Isis’s continental debut. Even more troubling is that, by the end, we still know nothing about the members’ personalities or personal lives.

    Perhaps as expected, though, Clearing the Eye’s packaging is way above par, and the accompanying booklet contains brilliant photographs, lyrics, and song explanations in which Isis are honest but too self-deprecating. The gallery is worth a once-over, as is the discography and “In Fiction” video, but the real treat is hearing tunes like “So Did We” and others in a live setting when you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Isis in person. Good, but by no means a comprehensive look at a group I’d like to know more about.

    DVD
    Glisten / 11.05.2005 / The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
    Weight / 11.05.2005 / The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
    Celestial / 08.26.2001 / CBGB’s, New York, NY
    Collapse and Crush / 08.26.2001 / CBGB’s, New York, NY
    Grinning Mouths / 02.05.2005 / Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan
    CFT / 06.03.2001 / CBGB’s, New York, NY
    Gentle Time / 06.03.2001 / CBGB’s, New York, NY
    Full Performance (70+ minutes) / 02.11.2005 / Annandale, Sydney, Australia
    - So Did We
    - Backlit
    - The Beginning and the End
    - In Fiction
    - Walls Dissolve
    - Grinning Mouths
    - Altered Course
    - From Sinking

    7.5/10

    UM’s Review Rating Scale

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  2. Scourge of Malice

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    The band has never been one to really show themselves off too much. They like to let the music speak for them, not their image. BUT there actually was a documentary of the European Tour planned for release (with this I think) but it got scrapped because of audio problems or something. Would have loved to see that :( I think the photo sections give a little peak at them off stage as well.
     
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    the Sydney Annandale performance is fantastic, makes up for me not being able to be there. solid dvd
     
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    when i watch a band live i don't want to see a bunch of people staring blankly at the band. i don't know why not showing fans reactions is a negative thing - this dvd doesn't spend a third of the time as a close up showing just how much some some dumb kid loves his favourite band. it shows rock and roll. i love it.
     
  5. circus_brimstone

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    "Since bands and audiences feed off one another, it’s troubling not being able to ever see the reaction of Australian fans during Isis’s continental debut."

    I like seeing crowd reactions on music DVDs, even if brief.
     
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    I concur.
     
  7. discouraged1

    discouraged1 disco my arse!

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    nice DVD. you forgot to meniton 20 page-booklet with inlay photography ;)

    what about that gig on Swedish radio, wasn't that recorded too?
     
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    Theres one from Swedish TV that is on the internet streaming... can't think of the name but if I find it I'll post for ya.
     
  9. circus_brimstone

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    No I didn't: "and the accompanying booklet contains brilliant photographs, lyrics, and song explanations in which Isis are honest but too self-deprecating."

    ;)
     
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    Isis has always held a special place in my heart. The Los Angeles via Boston progressive metal band has been consistently turning the rest of the heavy music community on its collective ear for the past seven years or so.
     

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