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Matt - Vocals & Lyrics, Deno - Guitar & Vocals, Leigh - Guitar, Seb - Bass, Fidz - Drums
Mnemic, Mudvayne, Pantera
Machine Head, Pantera, meshuggah
Adelaide band ISAW’s style is defined by their passion for numerous genres of metal, creating a canvas where a veritable variety of ideas can coexist. They aspire to create music that pushes their individual creative and physical boundaries while maintaining a delicate balance of musicality and song craftsmanship. Each band member brings an independent background in taste and experience varying from rock, metal core, extreme metal, thrash, and death metal. Their most significant influences (in no particular order) include Machine Head, Mnemic, Pantera, Strapping Young Lad, Metallica, Mudvayne, Chimaira, Meshuggah, Scarve, Parkway Drive, & Killswitch Engage.
The five piece has been headlining local shows for the past year or more steadily building a following of loyal fans, but gaining recognition hasn’t come without effort. “The metal scene is very much an underground scene, and that’s just how we like it” drummer Kim Fiddaman states, “it’s quite a difficult task to be recognised in this genre considering the talent and skill metal musicians must have, but if it were any other way then that recognition wouldn’t hold as much value”. With a strong slant to perfectionism ISAW’s live show is nothing short of tight and relentless.
ISAW recorded a three track demo CD early in 2008 which has gathered significant mileage. All three tracks have enjoyed frequent airplay on Triple J’s ‘The Racket’ hosted by Andrew Haug, and on Three D Radio’s ‘Power Surge’. The quality and professionalism displayed on their demo has attracted rave reviews from fans and media alike. “The one and only disappointment in this debut recording from Adelaide’s ISAW is the fact that it’s only three tunes and over WAY too quickly! But boy do they pack some punch into those three tracks. To say these three songs leave you wanting more is a true understatement.” - Buzz Magazine.
Over the last two years ISAW have been nominated in the top 5 artists in the country for the metal/hardcore category at the MusicOz Awards, won Triple J’s Unearthed competition, and most notably opened the metal stage at Soundwave 2010 before thousands of fans, supporting the likes of Faith No More, Meshuggah, Trivium, Anthrax, and Whitechapel to name a mere few.
2011 has seen ISAW turn its attention towards a debut full length release called ‘The Identity’ after being hampered by fans for a studio recording. The Identity has been mixed and mastered by ARIA Award nominated producer Forrester Savell (The Butterfly Effect, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) at Sing Sing South in Melbourne. Forrester had this to say about working with ISAW – “ISAW grabbed my attention from the moment they sent through their rough mixes. Cleverly thought out tunes from dedicated musicians are in abundance on this record. Their blend of world-class metal with such a killer vocalist puts them in a league of their own.” The Identity will be released through Green Media Distribution on October 7th, 2011.
For more information, live performance videos & music samples go to www.isawband.com
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