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Isis (The Band) Struggling With The Fallout Of Sharing A Name With Jihadists

Though they disbanded in June of 2010, Isis have largely kept their catalog and merch alive via their Facebook. With the rise of ‘ISIS’ (aka the Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria) and the ensuing conflict in the Middle East, the bands life after death hasn’t gotten any easier. They’ve recently had to alter their profile to reflect that they are the band and not the Jihadist state.

Former drummer Aaron Harris (now of Palms) told that the situation has caught them off guard and that some fans have been reluctant to wear the groups merch as a result.

Despite the fallout, Ipecac Recordings claim that the bands merch sales have not been affected by the negative association. The situation is unfortunate, but not unprecedented. You may recall that Anthrax underwent somewhat similar troubles during the 2001 Anthrax attacks.


  • damn

    People are so dumb it is shocking. If the first time you have ever heard the word/name ISIS is on Fox News in the last week, you need to read a fucking book.

    • Going Normal

      Got any suggestions? I’m looking for something similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul, but with a Marxist twist. Thanks, comrade. ;)

      • goop

        “Jane Eyre”. You’re welcome.

    • goop

      I think it is pretty funny, a Spinal Tap narrative for these troubled times. A band headed for relative obscurity suddenly thrust into the spotlight because a terrorist group takes their name, that’s fucking classic.

  • Furtheron

    In related news, Malory has informed Sterling that there is no such thing as bad press. Isis is back in business babyyyyy!!!

  • cma3585

    Still cracks me up to this day when Scott Ian and Co. held a press conference to tell everyone they’d be changing the band name to Puppy Dogs in Handbaskets. I believe that was shown on MTV News back when MTV had music related stuff.

  • 00

    Isis fans are smarter than this.

    • ocillotist

      yes indeed 00… we really are – in fact throw in a side of Mogwai and we can be downright smug about it…

  • ocillotist

    I wore one of my Isis shirts the other day and mentioned to my wife that it may cause a double-take or two. I believe there are a few scattered cells of these rogue stealth-hackers who go by the name of OMG’s.

  • southpawchew

    The world would be better off if Isis (band) took over the Middle East.

  • ProtestedGyro

    I wonder if horoscope sites get flak from people for supporting cancer…

    • KillingTime

      And the symbol is a 1/4-turned ’69′.

      Double down. Can’t be pissed about one; you’ve got the other.

  • Smokin’Joe

    I need to watch more news.

  • biley.ramirez

    i’ve been listening to isis waaaay before all this bullshit arose over there. people need to take a chill pill

    • WURST

      Yeah, same here, maybe 2007 for me.

  • Rev.J_Blumpkin

    It’d be so south park if someone could infiltrate the ranks of ISIS/ISIL and convince them that they should change their name to Forever Allah Grants Sanctum…think about it…

  • pour meshuggah on me

    I wore an ISIS shirt a few weeks ago and someone pointed out the irony. I knew it was a matter of time before they commented.

  • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

    When I first saw this I was seriously hoping it was an Onion article.