My wife recently surprised me with tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour, and as such I’ve naturally been compelled to revisit their catalog. For the longest time I’ve proclaimed that the band’s 1993 breakthrough Siamese Dream was my favorite Pumpkins album, but right now I’m thinking it might actually be Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
I wasn’t particularly surprised when post metal stalwarts Isis called it a day back in 2010; the band felt, at least to this particular fan/outsider, like it had run its course. I don’t mean that in a negative way; over the course of thirteen years, they released five full length albums, at least three of which (Celestial, Oceanic and Panopticon) should be considered all-time classics of the genre, toured the world, earned a legion of fans, garnered heaps of critical acclaim at almost every turn, and came to be considered among the most forward-thinking bands in heavy music. Honestly, where does one go after all that? Isis, unlike so many bands who attain similar status, smartly decided to go out on top.