IRIST, the Atlanta-by-way-of-South America band whose explosive 2020 debut album, Order of the Mind was “one of the most buzzed about metal debuts of the year” (Brooklyn Vegan), return with the Gloria EP on September 16th via Nuclear Blast Records.

A preview of the five-song release is available now, with Revolver showcasing the Scott Rudd-created lyric video for ‘Heal‘.

Watch the premiere at Revolver here: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/fans-old-gojira-hear-irists-monstrous-new-post-metal-song-heal
Stream ‘Heal‘ here: https://bfan.link/Irist-Heal

“When we wrote ‘Heal,’ I was trying to describe our inability as humans to face reality,” explains singer Rodrigo Carvalho“My own dealing with pain and loss was what inspired me to write these lyrics. I never know what people may get out of my lyrics, but I hope that it particularly connects with those going through a rough patch in life.” 

The EP, which once again finds the band’s music mixed by Matt Bayles (Mastodon/Isis), comes after a hindered rollout for what many predicted was going to launch the band as one of the more prominent new bands in heavy music. Kerrang! declared the four-piece “one of 2020’s most important metal acts” and Revolver dubbed the 10-song album one of the year’s “finest metal albums“. With a release, and tour, slated for the Spring of 2020, the band was sidelined in the wake of international lockdowns, with Carvalho moving back to Brazil and guitar player Pablo Davila moving to Texas to work in an Austin COVID-ward.

“We still wrote a bit despite the distance,” adds Carvalho“Musically, we began to explore more melodic vocal lines, and we added synth, noise, and electronic element. We write intense melodies and frantic beats to convey what’s in our lyrics.”

Now, with the Gloria EP on the horizon, as well as dates with PallbearerElder and upcoming record releases shows, guitar player Pablo Davila is eager for the band to pick up where they left off: “We couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be releasing new music. It’s really important to me that the music reflects what Rodrigo is saying, and vice versa, and with ‘Heal’ we wanted to convey something painful and at the same time hopeful.”

The digital only EP can be pre-saved here.

IRIST tour dates:
 
September 16  Atlanta, GA  Drunken Unicorn
September 17  Athens, GA  Flicker
September 22  Berlin, DE  SO36
September 23  Leipzig, DE  UT Connewitz
September 24  Prague, CZ  Futurum Music Bar
September 25  Warsaw, PL  Proxima
September 26  Wien, AT  Arena Wien
September 27  Budapest, HU  Dürer Kert
September 28  Ljubljana, SI  Orto Bar
September 30  Munich, DE  Feierwerk
October 1  Pratteln, CH  Up in Smoke Festival
October 2  Mezzago, IT  Bloom
October 3  Grenoble, FR  L’Ampérage
October 6  Barcelona, ES  AMFest
October 8  Porto, PT  Amplifest
October 9  Madrid, ES  Okkult Session 3
October 11  Toulouse, FR  Le Rex de Toulouse
October 12  Montpellier, FR  Rockstore
October 13  Nantes, FR  Le Ferrailleur
October 14  Paris, FR  Petit Bain
October 15  Antwerp, BE  Desertfest Antwerp
October 16  Tilburg, NL  Poppodium 013
October 18  Aarhus, DK  Fonden Voxhall
October 19  Oslo, NO  Parkteatret
October 20  Drammen, NO  Union Scene
October 21  Stavanger, NO  Folken
October 22  Bergen, NO  Kulturhuset
October 25  Johanneshov, SE  Slaktkyrkan
October 26  Göteborg, SE  Pustervik
October 28  Copenhagen, DK  Pumpehuset
October 29  Hamburg, DE  Gruenspan
October 30  Ghent, BE  Desertfest Ghent
October 31  Dortmund, DE  JunkYard
November 2  Brighton, UK  Chalk
November 3  Bristol, UK  The Fleece
November 4  London, UK  EartH
November 5  St Helens, UK  Damnation

IRIST is Rodrigo Carvalho (vocals), Pablo Davila (guitar), Adam Mitchell (guitar) and Bruno Segovia (bass). Drums on all tracks by Jason Belisha.