"This is the first type of thing we've done of this magnitude so that's a little bit daunting but also exciting," Turner says. "We're all very curious to see what transpires and how it all goes."

Even though Isis is getting a high-profile opening slot on Tool's just-underway 10,000 Days tour, singer Aaron Turner tells Billboard.com that expectations are in check.

"This is the first type of thing we've done of this magnitude so that's a little bit daunting but also exciting," Turner says. "We're all very curious to see what transpires and how it all goes."

He adds, "I think there's a lot of people who we will definitely not convert and be bored to tears or perhaps even angry while we're playing and just waiting for Tool to come on. That said, even if a small portion of their audience is receptive to what we do on a nightly basis, we'll probably end up with some more fans by the end of the tour. But I don't think it's going to be a night and day difference."

Still, the semi-obscure rock outfit, which befriended the members of Tool when it moved from Boston to Los Angeles three years ago, is already getting more exposure based on its supporting gig. And the timing couldn't be better, as Isis' debut DVD, "Clearing the Eye," is due Sept. 26, with a new Ipecac studio set, "In the Absence of Truth," due Oct. 31 via Ipecac.

"Maybe we're over-saturating the market and people won't buy the DVD and lose interest and not even follow up with the album," Turner says. "I think we're always a little bit more pessimistic or maybe just realistic in that sense that we never count on anything. We're just going to continue doing what we do and hope there are a few people out there at least who are receptive to us."

Of the new album, Turner says it's the band's most adventurous effort to date and accurately captures its desired studio and stage mindset. "When I feel like we're out on a limb and maybe in a slightly precarious position where something definitely has a good chance of failure, that's really exciting to me," he says.

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