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Iris Divine: Blend top-notch instrumental chops with great songwriting,

Iris Divine - Mercurial

New Iris Divine release Mercurial and this release will come out on the 20th of May 2022. «It’s really quite remarkable how deftly these guys blend top-notch instrumental chops with great songwriting, they’re masters. A job well done, yet again!» – Vince Neilstein – Metalsucks.

Line-up and track list:

Navid Rashid – Vocals, Guitar, Programming

Brian Dobbs – Bass

Scott Manley – Drums

Bitter Bride

Silver Tongued Lie

Thirteen

Sapphire

Death By Consensus (Instrumental)

Negative Seed

Breaking The Paradigm

Mercurial

Human emotion is the basis of music throughout history. Songs can be about many different subjects and can be protrayed through many different avenues, but at the end of the day music is about stirring something within another person’s consciousness. And it’s also well known that our emotions can (at times) limit us in our perception because of how we are impacted by them in our decision making and outlook on life. This very concept is what the new album Mercurial by Iris Divine is based around!

The power trio fronted by singer and guitarist Navid Rashid, released two albums forming the basis of their musical journey so far. A musical journey that was recieved well, with debut album Karma Sown from 2015 and The Static And The Noise in 2017 garnering very positive reviews by fans and critics alike. But the creation of ‘Mercurial’ took some more time as the band needed to thread new ground in both their writing and their line-up changing. With technical new drummer Scott Manley backing the thundering bass grooves of Brian Dobbs, Iris Divine is back on its feet and this all too important third album Mercurial is a testament to that.

On Mercurial, Iris Divine explores a sound that can be described as hard-hitting direct progressive metal infused with altrock, grunge, groove metal and a healthy dose of experimentation. Songs have a flow and directness to them that might seem somewhat alien at first, but which will reveal its deeper layers with multiple listens. By taking this direction on ‘Mercurial’, the band owes just as much to a band like Rush & King’s X as to bands like the Foo Fighters & Alice in Chains for example.

Yet, the progressive and technical aspect is very present if one listens to the material on offer here. Ranging from direct seemingly straightforward grooves and sing along choruses to weird broken rhythms and angular transitions that are not exactly easy listening to say the least. Mercurial is the next step in the evolution of Iris Divine and proves that the band is willing to move and push their sound ever further.

We are ghosts in the darkness. We are dancers in the light. A mercurial condition.

We would die to feel alive.

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7425 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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