After months of mounting anticipation and mass critical praise, Georgia bred metal powerhouse IRIST has released their debut album, Order of the Mind, today via Nuclear Blast. It’s now available for purchase and stream at nuclearblast.com/irist-ootm.
Without warning, IRIST exploded on the scene in January with the massive single ‘Burning Sage‘, which was lauded by Kerrang as having, “the throttle and swing of GOJIRA, the thoughtful bludgeoning of MESHUGGAH, the arcane sneer of HIGH ON FIRE”, and Revolver stating, “It’s post-metal without the drawn-out pretense, it’s hardcore without the corny bro-speak, and it worships at the foot of doom without the exhaustive passages that wear on the ear.”
Since that moment, IRIST has experienced monumental breakout success, fueled by crushing singles like ‘Severed‘ and ‘Creation‘. Now, with the arrival of Order of the Mind, fans can witness firsthand the urgency and intensity of the album as a whole, as intended.
It’s been a long and winding road to the release of the new album, upon reflection guitarist Pablo Davila states, “Writing “Order of the Mind” has taken the five of us on an incredible journey. A lot has happened leading up to the release of this album, both in our own lives and in the world at large. We genuinely hope that this collection of songs bring a positive light or some form of meaning to those willing to listen, as it surely has for us.”
Yesterday, the band revealed the first video in a new series called Making of Order of the Mind, which gives an inside scoop on how the record came together. Watch the first installment here: youtu.be/R3bPrpMrh74
The framework for IRIST began in the summer of 2015 when South American born friends Pablo Davila (guitar) and Bruno Segovia (bass) conspired on a dream of finding success in music outside their native lands as iconic metal band Sepultura had done decades before. After relocating from their homelands to Atlanta, the duo brought on Adam Mitchell (guitar) and Jason Belisha (drums) and began writing music. Their demos eventually made their way to Nuclear Blast executive Monte Conner who saw massive potential in the band. After the addition of vocalist Rodrigo Carvalho, the group’s creative cohesion and songwriting improved immensely and after new demos were made, Conner inked a deal with them for Nuclear Blast and IRIST was officially born.
On Order of the Mind, IRIST’s skillful songwriting is jaw droppingly impressive, and although only together for a relatively short period of time, they sound years ahead of a ‘debut’ record and more like a well-seasoned band in the prime of their career. While there are vestiges of the group’s pan-South American heritage (from Andean music to Sepultura) throughout Order of the Mind, the band’s collective influences come from all parts of the heavy spectrum. From The Melvins, Ratos de Porão, and Alice in Chains to The Dillinger Escape Plan, Soundgarden and Converge, IRIST fold in, twist fervently, and scorch their faves until they’re decidedly protean and uniquely a product of the fivesome’s songwriting prowess. In many respects, Order of the Mind is itinerant, introspective, portentous, indefatigable in its attack, but that’s not all it is either. IRIST’s angst-powered thrusts are distinctly advanced utilizing opposing forces, textures, and layers, so no single sonic model fits perfectly, as heard on the band’s first single ‘Burning Sage’.
Order of the Mind is full of waves of rhythms and emotions and no track echoes this more than ‘Burning Sage’. It begins by catching you off guard with an intense and chaotic verse, coming in without warning. Then it breathes for a few seconds allowing a calm as a clean percussive break blasts itself into a straightforward pulsating chorus. Bruno Segovia attributes this sonic styling as being “what we thought made ‘Burning Sage’ the right song to introduce our sound.”
‘Burning Sage’ is accompanied by music video directed by Mount Emult (PIXIES, DYING FETUS) who paints an intensely chaotic picture with a frenzied deluge of imagery on a canvas that synchs perfectly with the song’s torrential soundscape.
“‘Burning Sage’s’ frantic rhythmic patterns and ritualistic imagery made our choice to work with Mount Emult rather easy,” says vocalist Rodrigo Carvalho. “We wanted to convey this song’s dark atmosphere. Mount Emult’s exciting collage work allowed us to do just that. ‘Burning Sage’ is about overcoming negative emotions – the process is represented as a ritual in which these emotions are purged. It made sense to use imagery that were a part of different cultures to illustrate how universal this theme is.”
Order of the Mind was engineered, produced, and mixed by Lewis Johns at the Ranch Production House in Southampton, UK and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen (METALLICA, MASTODON, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound.
Rodrigo Carvalho | vocals
Adam Mitchell | guitar/vocals
Pablo Davila | guitar
Bruno Segovia | bass
Jason Belisha | drums