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
Silver Tongued Lie
Death By Consensus (Instrumental)
Breaking The Paradigm
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.