I had the pleasure to talk with drummer and programmer Kris Combs of Iris Divine recently. Check out our discussion about Karma Sown, instrument malfunctions, and how the band approaches the creative process.
When Evan Brewer (ex-The Faceless) and Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals as Leaders) teamed up with their former bandmate from Animosity, Frank Costa, and “that girl wearing mom-jeans who auditioned for Veil of Maya”, Chaney Crabb, Entheos was born and tech-metal fans were pushed to the edges of their seats in anticipation for their face-melting debut.
We’re only a couple of months into 2015, and there have been a few Progressive Metal releases of note, but none that really grabbed me. With Northern Virginia-based trio Iris Divine’s album Karma Sown on Sensory Records, I’ve found an album that has me in its clutches.
To be considered progressive you must do something new that moves the genre forward… at least in my eyes. There isn’t really a sound associated with progressive in my eyes. If you’re new, exciting, and experimenting with the fundamentals of metal, you are progressive. Outrun the Sunlight fits my definition of progressive perfectly.
Vancouver based progressive metal band, Of Modern Architecture goes full Pacific Northwest on their second EP, Wilderness. With its clear concept and imagery, Wilderness possesses a savage bestial nature that dwells in the deepest of woods.
Long albums have become common of late. Today’s is a double album from Australian Progressive Metal band Arcane. Known/Learned on Sensory Records is two full hours and 16 tracks of outstandingly executed music, taking us on a journey through a masterful concept album.
Chicago, and Northern Illinois, has a vibrant music scene, as you may have read here recently. One of the younger bands in the city, Outrun the Sunlight, has a DIY ethic and play the music they want to hear on their second full length album Terrapin released late last year on Rogue Records America.
I, along with numerous Metalheads, loved Anacrusis long ago when they were active. I still spin Screams and Whispers every once in a while. When I saw the name Kenn Nardi on an upcoming release, I was immediately interested to hear what he had been up to for the last 2 decades.