Irata
Tower
(2019)
Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre:
Stoner rock, Progressive, Metal
Sounds Like:
Indian Handcrafts, Floor
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Irata from North Carolina are becoming a staple in our heavy rotation. With three solid releases now under their belt, Tower feels like a natural progression of the band. While continuing with their signature progressive stoner/metal vibe, the foursome seem to be evolving. Prime example is “Innocent Murmur” with its uplifting tone and laid back vibe providing welcome contrast among the heavy. “Crawl to Corners” is another tune that shows growth, the trumpet and synths are subtle and amazing additions. Irata do have influences stemming from bands like Kylesa and Floor, yet they make it feel original, not an easy feat to pull off. With constant change ups and various vocal techniques, they deliver something fresh with each very listen. 

Tower is a refreshing album and could be our favorite of the three. There is a more patient feel as Irata lets the music breathe. It’s not pure stoner or full on progressive metal; it carries a nice balance and Small Stone has yet another solid release within their massive library. 

Tracklist:
1. Tower 02:45
2. Waking Eye 05:55
3. Weightless 04:20
4. Innocent Murmur 06:25 
5. Leviathan 05:10
6. Crawl To Corners 04:36
7. Golden Tongue 03:48
8. Constellations 06:04

Standout Track(s)
”Waking Eye” has it all. It’s heavy and mellow with a touch of stoner-like math rock with great change ups, what more can you ask for.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Double Dry Hopped Vapor Ringz by Other Half Brewery in New York. This 8.4% Imperial IPA is a strong with a citrusy taste. A great brew if you can get your hands on it… highly recommended. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.4 of 11

Captivation and Variety
9 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.8 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.9 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.8 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.9 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.7 of 11

Production Value
8.9 of 11

Final Thoughts
We love seeing bands progress without losing their signature sound and Irata are doing just this. We are witnessing a band in their prime and we are excited to see what they have in store on future albums.

Irata are:
Jon Case: bass guitar, vocals
Jason Ward: drums, vocals, synths, percussion
Cheryl Manner: guitar
Owen Burd: guitar, vocals, trumpet

Follow Irata: Bandcamp / Facebook
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