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Aaron Turner Discusses Why He “No Longer Wanted To Participate In Isis”

Aaron Turner (Mamiffer, Split Cranium, ex-Isis) recently took part in a group interview over at Turner participated alongside members of Mamiffer and Locrian to promote the pairs “Bless Them That Curse You” release.

The interview was conducted by Oxbow‘s Eugene S. Robinson and shed some unexpected light on Turner‘s reasons for leaving Isis. An excerpt from that can be found below:

Eugene: The through-line from Isis to this might seem a departure for those who came to Isis via Tool, but less so for those whose first exposure was perhaps something like House of Low Culture and so on, but why this now? Specifically when the environment for “new” and “experimental” is maybe not as welcoming as for something “Gaga” or “Bieber”?

Aaron Turner: Part of the reason why I no longer wanted to participate in ISIS was because over time the “new” and the “experimental” dwindled within the framework of what we were doing, while the “rock” and the “polished” became more and more defining/confining. I lost my way in my personal life over the course of my mid-late twenties, and that wayward wandering coincided with the narrowing scope of what ISIS was making.

I made a decision (the wrong one), to chose a personal relationship over having multiple musical projects, and because ISIS was at the time the most developed of these projects, I chose to focus on that one to the exclusion of all others. Now that I’ve changed some of the more destructive elements of my personal life, and ISIS is no longer operational I am now free to do all the other things I missed out on doing during my “dark years”.

In some respects being involved in Mamiffer allows me to pick up the threads I dropped years ago in the stuff I was doing in House of Low Culture, Lotus Eaters, Old Man Gloom, and so on.”


  • Geor!

    I’m gonna go ahead and call bullshit on part of his explanation. There is nothing experimental about his new project, Split Cranium, so that statement is absolutely irrelevant.

    • frog

      Not true. He’s involved in multiple projects now, all of which are in different styles. Split cranium, greymachine, mammifer, twilight, House of low culture, jodis… One of them being not that experimental isn’t the point…. He has the opportunity to branch out and explore any style he wants, and most of these projects are quite experimental. I dont enjoy any of them as much as Isis, but that isn’t the point. He’s no longer stuck in one style.

      • Geor!

        HOLC, Mammifer, Greymachine, Jodis and OMG and Lotus Eaters all released stuff while Isis was still alive and well. He wasn’t necessarily “stuck” at any point.

  • Fred Burst

    I used to work in the Hydra Head/Deathwish mail room back in the early 2000′s when they split an office. Aaron is a great dude. I’ll always follow what he does. I loved Isis, But my favorite band of his is Old Man Gloom. Those records are crushing. I hope he brings that back.

    • Geor!

      I asked him a couple of questions concerning Isis and OMG on one of his blog entries. He didn’t answer, nor did he even publish my comment.

      • WURST

        because he knew you sucked dick.

    • adamonfire
    • rockout54

      did you know Leo when you were at Hydrahead? He interned at Bridge 9 back then, too.

  • smokin_joe

    Sounds to me he’s like everyother man and was too busy chasing pussy, not focusing on what’s important. It’s pathetic that’s the trap that most guys fall into only to later realise it then rinse repeat.

    • Fred Burst

      Um. NO.

    • allichs

      damn right, who needs girls? Bromance for life

      • WURST

        Damn right, allichs. See you in the tent, buddy. Brokeback 4 life, son.

      • allichs

        I wanna see you suck this dick son, let’s do this!

      • WURST

        heeeeell yeah. yo fool, pull that skin back first.

  • NeurISIS

    Well, this solidifies the theory that Turner made the call on disbanding, and shows why the rest of the band are now doing something without him (and Mike Gallagher, I think). Regardless of what caused those “dark days” (alcohol/drugs?), the musical output of ISIS is extraordinary.