|Photo credit: Rob Fortenberry Photography|
As I mentioned in my entry last week, there must be something in the water around Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and its surrounding area, because there is such an abundance of great music coming from the vicinity, that I keep finding myself returning there to review yet another regional talent.
This week, my attention turns to Iris Divine, a progressive metal band whom I'd initially heard about through MindMaze, a band who is not from this particular locale, but has worked with so many of these bands and played in the area enough to be considered adopted members of this tightly-woven musical community.
Deemed by critics as a “modern-day Fates Warning”, Iris Divine has grabbed the attention of the prog-metal world with their melodic yet heavy-as-fuck sound. To be honest, I think comparing them to Fates Warning sells them far short! But, if I must make a comparison to a known band in the genre, to say they are an amped-up version of King's X? That's still selling them short, but a lot nearer to the mark, if one is looking for such comparisons. Personally, I only find such comparisons useful when trying to describe the music to someone who has never heard it, using examples of music they might already know.
For their video of “Taking Back the Fall”, Iris Divine keeps it simple and low-key—just three talented guys, jamming in a dimly-lit warehouse, allowing the music to be its own adornment, and just rocking their asses off. Sometimes, you don't need a lot to get your point across, and Iris Divine has no trouble conveying that message with the same precision as their music!
For more information on Iris Divine, or to pre-order their upcoming album, The Static and the Noise, visit their official website.