IRIST Order Of The Mind
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1. Eons
2. Burning Sage
3. Severed
4. Creation
5. Dead Prayers
6. Insurrection
7. Order Of The Mind
8. Harvester
9. The Well
10. Nerve


IRIST. A word thatís not a word. Contained inside, however, are words - rist, iris, and stir - that hold not just heavy meaning but are powerful descriptors that define the boundless potential of extreme metalís newest and brightest hopeful. Rist is to carve a rune (or symbol) into stone. The concept of permanence and longevity is rife throughout IRISTís debut album, "Order of the Mind". The recently formed quintet Read more [...] have, in effect, crafted a debut that will withstand time. An iris can refer to a mechanism that controls light received or a flower that has, since time immemorial, represented courage and wisdom. Indeed, thereís nothing but courage on display by three of IRISTís five members who travelled from their South American homelands to arrive at, live in, and form a band in Atlanta. To stir is entirely musical. The thrum of heavy emotion imbued into and emanating out of singles 'Burning Sage', 'Creation', and 'Severed' is above and beyond the outfitís mere five years together. At once a representative of contemporary anxiety and old-fashioned aggression, "Order Of The Mind" is hewn from the very same things that made SEPULTURAís "Chaos A.D.", MACHINE HEADís "Burn My Eyes", MASTODONís "Crack The Skye", and GOJIRAís "The Way Of All Flesh" so timeless and irrepressibly great. In short, IRISTís debut, "Order Of The Mind", is a must-hear.

While there are vestiges of the groupís pan-South American heritage (from Andean music to heroes SEPULTURA) throughout "Order Of The Mind", the bandís collective influences come from all parts of the heavy spectrum. From THE MELVINS, RATOS DE PORAO, and ALICE IN CHAINS to THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SOUNDGARDEN, and CONVERGE, IRIST fold in, twist fervently, and scorch their faves until theyíre decidedly protean and uniquely a product of the fivesomeís songwriting prowess. To wit, album opener ĎEonsí is IRISTís intelligent hammer. It pounds with purpose but since IRIST operate beyond their years not everything in the bandís view is a nail. Likewise, ĎDead Prayersí and the title track bulldoze the clichťs of hardcore and death metal but honor the genresí timeworn tenets. ĎThe Wellí, however, irrupts before settling into a killer groove. Itís the kind of song only IRIST could fashion out of their varied influences into single, driving force. In many respects, "Order Of The Mind" is itinerant, introspective, portentous, indefatigable in its attack, but thatís not all it is either. IRISTís angst-powered thrusts are distinctly advanced.


Added on 2020-03-20


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