Torn between the simplistic structures of metalcore and the djent worship that comes with the twangy recordings of seven string guitars, Ghost Iris makes a fresh start on a genre that really needed it. As bold as the statement above is, there’s something great in the fact that some bands will still try to break away from ‘tried and true’ soundscapes and still deliver something that’s admittedly no too unique, but definitely in the right direction.
For Ghost Iris it’s all about the contrast within their music. Just because the boys swing seven string guitars doesn’t mean they’re going to spend all album chugging away in the instrument’s lower register. I mean, you got the extra string just to ignore the other six? The tonality of the album is that of a melodious Meshuggah, without the intense poly-rhythms and snap-change timings. At least for Ghost Iris they can be their own band. The album itself is light, spacey and as much as there’s contrast there’s also a hugely cohesive all-together sound. ‘Anecdotes Of Science and Soul’ sounds like its title; atmospheric, synthetic, raw and yet manages to maintain a real sense of forward thinking metal. There’s something left for the listener to find out by themselves as well as a flat out response to be found within every track. Hailing from Denmark, Ghost Iris bring a fresh air to what would normally be considered from a “typical” metalcore record. ‘Anecdotes Of Science and Soul’ probably won’t make too many “Best Of The Year” lists but it certainly deserves a mention for this bold, forward thinking display of progressive metalcore.
For most, it’s hard to look past first impressions. The production is ballsy, spot on, clean and you can actually hear the bass (how weird is that?). It’s even weirder that listeners these days can find fault in the things that they wish they heard more of in modern albums. Hypocrites make hard critics sometimes. Ghost Iris maintain a top performance throughout their 2015 release. Everything is crystal clear and focused.
Highlights emerge, bands these days will write single after single in the hopes that everything ‘clicks’ into place. Ghost Iris are no exception, every track tells a story. Now I might be working backwards but the album’s final track “Everlasting Bliss” (video below) is an excellent indication of everything the band has to offer. Just long enough to push all the band’s points, close the book on the band’s contextual motifs and more importantly it’s a great song. It’s not the only track that draws attention to itself. The album’s two part “Magenta” is another highlight. The second part actually features one Mirza Radonjica. “Astral Projection” doesn’t just continue on the album’s momentum, it builds it. The spacey element of the record doubles and the atmospheric layering only draws the listener in.
As for the rest of the album there remains a lot to talk about. The noodling solos pop up and disappear as much as you want them, never out-staying its welcome or turning ‘Anecdotes Of Science and Soul’ into an album of guitar ‘wankery’. It’s hard to condense just how well done this album is in a review of 500 words. So do yourself a favour and follow the links below, it’s more than worth your time.
01. Dreamless State
05. Dream Catching A Nightmare
06. Magenta Pt. 1: Perfect Symbiosis
07. Magenta Pt. 2: Astral Projection (feat. Mirza Radonjica)
08. Parallel Passage
09. Euphoric State
10. Everlasting Bliss