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Irata: Tower

Tower is the latest Small Stone release from North Carolina four-piece heavy rock unit Irata, the band recently adding a second guitar player to beef up their sound a bit as they move into more psychedelic, stoner directions. Lots of pummeling riffs to be found on Tower, with the title cut and "Waking Eye" kicking things off in fine fashion as the band twist & turn through proggy arrangements mixed with boiling psychedelia and a doom laden vibe. "Weightless" is one of the more intriguing tracks here, rampant with fat riffs but also chock full of soaring Janes Addiction meets Mastodon vocal passages. The longest track is "Innocent Murmur", a melodic slice of psych/prog/stoner with some catchy vocals and plenty of light & shade textures, while "Leviathan" offers up some lethal riffs and complex arrangements, the comparisons to Mastodon again apparent. Irata again show their penchant for bringing together intricate prog with crushing stoner riffing on the haunting closer "Constellations", another 6+ minute track that also has a lot to offer the listener.

Much more than just your normal stoner rock/metal album, Tower contains plenty of musical elements that cross a few different genres, and judging by this release, Irata are going to be a band that I'd advise you to keep a close eye on for the foreseeable future.

Track Listing
1. Tower 02:45
2. Waking Eye 05:56
3. Weightless 04:20
4. Innocent Murmur 06:26
5. Leviathan 05:10
6. Crawl To Corners 04:36
7. Golden Tongue 03:49
8. Constellations 06:04

Added: May 26th 2019
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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