Iris Divine has found its groove. Our critically praised Karma Sown set the template with accolades including MetalReviews.com Surprise Of The Month, DPRP.net Album Of The Week and 9.5/10, Sea Of Tranquility 4.5/5, Hard Rock Haven 9/10, NovaMetalReview 10/10, described as "perfection in fifty minutes" by Background Magazine, and several 'album of the year' mentions, to name a few.
And now, THE STATIC AND THE NOISE promises to crank up the raw energy and continue the progression.
Metal fans can rest assured knowing that the drop-tuned heavy guitars and gut-level grooves are intact. Elements of alternative/ indie rock, industrial and pop add new dimensions to our progressive metal foundation on this record, and every killer riff and hook is balanced by our trademark rhythmic shifts and sense of atmosphere.
The lyrics dig deeper, and the emotions are intense. Building on our core lyrical themes of conflict and redemption, we take on political violence, personal empowerment, self deception, painful personal relationships, and other complex manifestations of the human condition.
The album is 'progressive' not only in the sense of genre, but because we are truly progressing and developing our sound. Our conceptual inspirations this time around include White Pony, Angel Dust, and other records that take a band's signature sound and add twists to challenge their fans, creating a new statement in the process.
You can expect the same professional quality production that we achieved on Karma Sown - we are working with Drew Mazurek, Kevin Gutierrez and Brian J. Anthony to deliver a powerful, organic and big sound.
We've been through some interesting 'firsts' since the release of Karma Sown, including our first experiences with management, a label, and proper PR, as well as a mid-Atlantic/ East Coast mini-tour...
Which brings us now to THE STATIC AND THE NOISE. The record will be fully funded by us (and hopefully you!), and we are counting on you to help us make this journey into the next phase of our musical career.
Recording a great-sounding album, up to our standards, requires significant resources. Interestingly, when a band wants to retain a somewhat organic sound, as we do, it is actually more costly in some ways. Capturing real guitars, played through real amps, and real drums, require real studios and engineers!
When all is said and done, the total budget for the album, inclusive of recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, merchandise, pressing and related costs, will likely fall somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000.
The Kickstarter goal we have set is extremely modest, considering this, and we have already invested thousands into starting the record. We hope to meet and exceed our goal, so that this band can complete the record while remaining sustainable and able to move forward.
In additional to the standard and popular T-shirts, CDs etc., we have chosen to highlight our approaches to our respective instruments, and various glimpses into the songwriting process that gives Iris Divine its sound. For all you musicians out there, this is an awesome way to connect and 'talk shop'!! And, if you wanna create a combo of rewards that pull from different tiers, pitch it to us and we'll try to make it happen!
Risks and challenges
We are well into the recording process, and intend to see it to completion. Technical difficulties may create delays, but with our professional team, there is no reason why the album would not be able to be completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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