Irist, the Atlanta-by-way-of-South America band that Revolver said “exist within the same sonic hemisphere as earth-rumbling groups like Gorjia and Mastodon,” have released the five-song Gloria EP (listen here: https://bfan.link/Irist-Gloria) today via Nuclear Blast Records.

Watch the visualizer for ‘Watchful Eye‘ here: https://youtu.be/bAGVzwndgrQ



“Gloria is incredibly deep and personal,” says vocalist Rodrigo Carvalho“Every aspect of its music reflects that. It describes the multitude of emotions we are all destined to face as soon as we accept the risk of loving wholeheartedly. It is a journey from separation to deliverance.”

Guitar player Pablo Davila explains the origins of the EP: “I started working on this EP about a month after we got back from recording OOTM back in 2019 so after we finished writing it, the songs sat for quite some time – mostly due to the pandemic. But all of the downtime meant that we had an opportunity to experiment extensively with production, and I was particularly adamant about beginning to introduce synthesizers to our sound. I’d been thinking about synthesizer-based textures for a while, but didn’t want to force them into every single song or get carried away with the novelty of these new tools. I’m really pleased with how they’re present on the EP and the emotion they can help convey.                                              
There was a lot of intensity and a myriad of feelings that went into these songs and I hope that listeners will be able to connect with that energy and take something away from it.” 


Gloria, which finds the band reunited with mixer Matt Bayles (Mastodon/Isis), has already received widespread praise. BBC Radio 1 Rock Show‘s Daniel P. Carter debuted the title track earlier this week, MetalSucks said the 5-song offering is “complete with fat rhythms, otherworldly guitar melodies and chugging riffs,” and Metal Injection noted “if you like Burst and Cult of Luna, you’ll dig this.”

Irist play a pair of hometown USA shows this weekend, with a performance tonight at Atlanta’s Drunken Unicorn, and a show tomorrow at Flicker in Athens. The band head overseas next week, joining Elder and Pallbearer for a six-week trek across the continent.

IRIST 2022 tour dates:
September 16  Atlanta, GA USA  Drunken Unicorn
September 17  Athens, GA USA  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  Analog Music Hall
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  LOGO
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