Monday, April 21, 2014

Featured Band - Iris Divine

Iris Divine

"An immense amount of raw musical and songwriting talent...this band can
grow into something truly special and unique that transcends anything we know
today....they're just really good." 

"Iris Divine meshes fiery guitar riffs with soaring, radio-friendly vocal melodies...creating vocal textures as layered and intense as the instruments beneath." -

In a modern rock and metal scene in which the word "progressive" can mean almost anything, Iris Divine crafts a sound equal parts heavy, beautiful and accessible. After two well-received and positively reviewed EPs, Iris Divine (2008) and Convergence (2010), the band's first independent full-length release, slated for 2014, will hopefully introduce this vision to a wider audience.

Alternative/metal guitar riffs, melodic vocals and harmonies, and complex rhythm changes converge onto song structures with hooks and emotional impact, but without meandering solos or pretention. Lyrical themes explore the personal and spiritual, confronting the conflicts and dualities that divide and define us.

The three-piece began in 2008 with a different lineup, and has evolved its sound into a voice that approaches both writing and performance with an attention-getting mix of musical precision and raw emotion. Recently voted onto a 2013 list of the 50 Best Emerging Artists in DC by indie music site The Deli, the region has started to take notice.

Fans of metal, alternative, progressive, radio rock and electronic music will all find something to connect with in Iris Divine's upcoming 2014 release, as the band readies its next and best chapter.

The following is an interview with Iris Divine by PopVulture, a global entertainment magazine about music, movies, gadgets, gear, science and style.

popVLTR: You've been making moves in Virginia, how'd you get into music?

We've individually had experience in other bands and projects before Iris Divine, spanning music styles including ska, emo/ punk, cover bands, solo acoustic, instrumental piano/ keys, and even some choral and a cappella haha :) Iris Divine started in 2008 with a different lineup, and we've been fortunate to weather the member changes and emerge again in 2013 in our present format. We've all loved music from an early age, and once you start creating and performing music, it just gets in your blood! We've had a slow build regionally, but our fans are wonderful…hearing from someone that a song or performance affected them emotionally is a very gratifying feeling, and just makes you want to keep moving forward. In particular, other musicians in the local metal community have been very supportive of what we do (which means a lot to us) - perhaps we bring a little bit more of a melodic and progressive feel that is a change of pace.

popVLTR: Congrats on the upcoming record, who are some of your influences?

The common factor for the three of us is progressive hard rock and metal, so bands like Dream Theater, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Rush etc. The cool thing is the other musical influences that each of us bring to the table… OSI, Dredg and Radiohead on the mellower side, to Meshuggah and Pantera and lots of other metal, and definitely a 90's influence from bands like Alice In Chains as well. One of us *may* also have a soft spot for catchy radio singles by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry! The upcoming record will hopefully reflect the diversity of our influences, but we are definitely rooted in a hard rock/metal sensibility, with rhythmic changes and odd meters that make the music challenging and very fun to play as well.

popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music? (events, accomplishments, recognition)

Iris Divine was a finalist in the "No Label Needed" unsigned band contest by Metal Insider a few years back, and we've also received some much appreciated support and recognition from, one of the best metal blogs out there. We've opened for some cool nationals (Fates Warning was definitely a highlight), and we've had some amazing local shows as well, with an awesome exchange of energy in the room. Personally, hearing feedback after a show that it felt like "a spiritual experience", or that we played with feeling and "soul", means everything to me. Just recently, online indie music magazine voted us tied for #15 out of over 50 best Emerging Artists in DC.

And honestly, just the fact that we lost two band members in 2012 and nearly fell apart, but were able to rebuild by 2013 with a new lineup, down from a four piece to a three piece, with all new music, and STILL maintain the support of our awesome regional fans. It feels like we haven't lost a step and are actually continuing to progress, despite all of the changes.

popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Iris Divine? (events, accomplishments, recognition)

First of course is our upcoming record… Iris Divine has recorded a few EPs, but we are excited to finally be recording a full-length of all new material, and to release something that hopefully sounds awesome, both creatively and sonically. Other than that, to hopefully extend the reach of our music… we feel that we have a unique voice in the progressive rock/metal world, and hopefully we can keep creating and connecting to share that voice with as many people as possible.

Meet the Members of Iris Divine

Navid Rashid
Vocals, Guitar

Photo credit: Jamal Ahmed PhotographyBrian Dobbs
Bass, Vocals

Kris Combs
Drums, Keys/Programming

Listen to Iris Divine's 2013 Demo above or download the new tracks "The Everlasting Sea" and "Prisms" (2013) FREE via Bandcamp or ReverbNation!

Upcoming Shows (from the Local Metal Calendar):

Friday, June 6 @ 8pm
A Sound of Thunder
Iris Divine
Midnite Hellion

The Pinch
Washington, DC
get directions

This lineup is fucking killer!! Featured Band/prog masters Iris Divine will be there, along with the awesome power metal (and chick-fronted) bands MindMaze and A Sound of Thunder. I fucking detest DC, but I'll drag my ass up there to see this insane lineup! If you love power/prog like I do, you need to be there!!

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