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Isis/Tombs 

When: Fri., June 4, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $17

Los Angeles' Isis will be remembered as one of those touchstones in the metal genre, a band that helped expand the parameters of what heaviness could sound like and in turn inspired a new generation of musicians with its crushingly beautiful, reflective, and complex sound. The thirteen-year-old band, which looked to Neurosis, Godflesh, and Tool as blueprints, seemed to be at its pinnacle, as last year's Wavering Radiant so demonstrated, which is why the band's announcement last week that it was breaking up seemed particularly bitter. One consolation is the fact that Isis' legacy can be heard in many newer bands, which give nods to that "post-metal" aesthetic but are forging their own paths. Brooklyn's Tombs is one of the more successful examples: Its very distinct-sounding Winter Hours album bears some of Isis' building heaviness, but also the bleakness of black metal and hardcore's energy. Isis' farewell tour hits the GreatAmericanMusic Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) with Tombs and Jakob on Friday, June 4. 9 p.m., $17. GAMH.com

— Kathleen Richards

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