09 March 2020

IRIST | Band discuss Georgian hometown influences in new album trailer MMH

Georgia has long been a hot-bed for metal, exporting some of the South’s finest, revered heavy bands like MASTODON, BARONESS, KYLESA, BLACK TUSK, SEVENDUST and the latest breakout group, celebrated newcomers IRIST. In a new video, ‘At Home With The Band…’, posted today, IRIST discuss their hometowns, Atlanta and Athens, and how the scenes and places have influenced their sound. The trailer comes just three weeks ahead of the release of their highly anticipated debut album, Order of the Mind, on March 27th from Nuclear Blast.

Bruno Segovia (bassist) comments on the local scene:
“The local Atlanta scene has impacted us creatively. I think community in general is a very important thing and as a band the community here has championed us and pushed us. We’ve definitely been influenced by being from here.” 



Pre-order your copy of Order of the Mind here: nuclearblast.com/irist-ootm

Stream / pre-save / pre-add ‘Burning Sage’ and the album here: nblast.de/IRISTpreSave

Watch the video for ‘Burning Sage’:


Watch the video for ‘Severed’:


IRIST will celebrate the upcoming record release with a Listening Party at The Porter in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 26th, that will feature the band’s newly announced ‘Order of the Mind’ craft beer collaboration with Orpheus Brewing.

Visit theporterbeerbar.com for more information.

Rodrigo Carvalho (vocals) comments on the collaboration for the signature ale:
“We were hanging out at The Porter Beer Bar when our friend Chris Sanders, who manages the place, had the idea of doing a collab beer. When he asked us about what brewery we would like to reach out to, we immediately answered, “Orpheus!” We have always loved their beer, and owners Jason Pellet and Leslie Campbell are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Together, we decided that the name ‘Order of the Mind’ is as appropriate for the album as it is for the beer – it will be hard to say no to a session IPA that comes out just in time for spring.”

The release party will continue the following night when IRIST will perform a hometown, album release show in Athens, GA at Caledonia Lounge on Friday, March 27th.

Tickets are available here

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.

RIST are:
Rodrigo Carvalho | vocals
Adam Mitchell | guitar/vocals
Pablo Davila | guitar
Bruno Segovia | bass
Jason Belisha | drums

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