The Static And The Noise

by Iris Divine

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1.
Catalyst 05:21
There is no justice There is no justice in a court of lies In broken silence Unspoken cycles as the victims victimize Empathic breakdown To understand is not to sympathize Human reaction When elemental tensions burn then catalyze Their poison cadences aloud Blind accusations twisting serpents in their mouths They desecrate a hallowed ground So conjuring defiant Dance until they drown Seven hours in the rain Seven days under a darkened sky Seven embers turn to flame Seven seconds for the dead to rise chorus: In a moment something gave Letters cut like daggers off the page For revenge or dignity Setting fire to their graves Dancers in a ritual serenade Till there's nothing to save In a moment something gave Letters cut like daggers off the page Taking back humanity Setting fire to their graves Dancers in a ritual serenade Till there's nothing to save
2.
I will take back You never wanted Deceiver You bleed unseen You took it from me Negativity To summon my soul A resurrection from beyond Can I drink from ancient waters Heal the fractures of my soul Turning tears to fire Taking back the fall chorus: The pain is not enough Doesn't matter anyway Doesn't matter anyway Poisoning the cup Nothing more that I can say Doesn't matter anyway Drowning alone This failure killing me Can't understand who's really my enemy The shadows creeping through my mind Of coronation and control In a bloodless revolution I reclaim my throne Ashes in my eyes I no longer recognize The mirror lies Turning tears to fire The alchemy of sacrifice We surrender to arise From ancient waters The lifeblood of a second chance Reclaim the fire Confront the doubt that I have cast Taking back the fall
3.
Silent souls on walls engraved A siren's woe, reminding me With every passing hour to wait A sorrow I will recreate The fading eyes, the pallid skin A fallow heart that died within The fading line, the pain enshrined The human heart a cruel design Tell me how it came to be That I am here - a hell between Monument and effigy A temple of what I believed Taking all I had from me (I) I was awake I was a vigilant watcher An angel waiting for the call (I) I was ashamed A spirit dead in the water A shadow cast upon the wall (Two) The enemy Another living inside me Redemption soaked in blood revenge (Now) I lay the guilt For all the bodies around me At the feet of my own effigy Daylight drowns in disbelief Taking all I had from me Stain the temple, painted lies Ignorance the alibi Callous eyes will watch them die (Lost) A soul adrift Ideological failure Slaughter the dehumanized (Fade) Into abyss Into a valley of ashes A bleeding conscience euthanized (Fate) Or consequence Was I the pawn or the preacher The demon or the demonized (Now) I know the truth A criminal not a savior A man I do not recognize Daylight drowning disbelief Something so unknown to me Stain the temple, burn the shrine Darkness bleeds to save these eyes Facing light from wounded sky chorus: Remembering who I am Like an echo surrounding me I'm trembling at what I have become The faces are staring back at me Another horizon comes Like an echo surrounding me Breaking through all I have become Facing the light where darkness bleeds You can never go back You cannot exonerate yourself You can never go back Absolution does not change your guilt
4.
Fractures 04:54
When the colors divide There is no space for grey The collapse of a lie Leaving only the stain Of a wound in your pride And the fractured remains Now awakened from innocence We could never be one again Love cannot breathe without respect I could never surrender to the lie Now you're making me choose again Is it redemption or giving in? An eye for an eye or to forgive? I could never surrender to the lie Resetting the sun And letting the blood from the silence - what's done is done Resetting the sun And letting the blood run from slaughter to save the son chorus: How did a promise become a lie? Broken in fragments internalized Silence between us - a fracture in the sky Poisoning the well Intoxicate with pain until Your shoulders bear the weight of sacrificing In the shadow of forgiveness Waits the scavenger - the martyr For a graceless crucifixion Graceless crucifixion pulling at my soul A self destructive martyr Spite becomes your home The carrion of vengeance Scavenging the bones Wrestling with angels To leave the past alone Leave it alone (Destructive martyr) How did a promise become a lie? Broken in fragments internalized Silence between us - an ocean between us Fractures in the sky
5.
I will not go to a place where no one Knows what it means To bleed To break out of the role A thirteen year old boy Thirteen years of finding a new voice Through the static and the noise A resonating sound A revolution - a spirit chasing light Underground chorus: In a world of lesser things We survive In the words and broken strings We leave behind In the love you give away With no return In the truth of who we are That can't be learned I will make my truth And escape this tomb I will come alive From electric womb I will not be you I will make my truth And escape this tomb Through the power of a groove Awakening the boy Searching for a solitary voice Through the static and the noise Waking from the void The language of a calling not a choice Calling out In the coming of the flood Bound together - ceremonial blood In the cadence and the chord Is the coming of the Lord
6.
Like Glass 04:08
When the colors make you blind The intoxicating high When you break and compromise And your wings are paralyzed In the towers of your mind You are so one-of-a-kind Till your circumstances bind And you fall back into line Illusion of control Shatter the fragile Illusion of control Like glass we shatter You walk the Earth a god Seduction of the stars So bitter and insatiable Is the heart of a man Can you even stand to face your world With a steady hand? You can only run so far ahead (Fear is a dead end road) You can only run so far ahead chorus: Follow your heart to ruin Winning until you lose it Swallow the bitter medicine Swallow your pride and mean it We live in a world divided A lover so unrequited Swallow the bitter medicine And open your eyes When the lies you tell yourself Playing out the hand you're dealt Disconnect you from yourself In the tower that you built And when the snakes and monsters come The highest walls won't keep them out Creatures whispering your doubt And all of the seeds you're sowing Become all the fears you're growing To hide all the tears you're stoic Behind all the lies
7.
The Acolyte 06:26
Serpents and thieves in the market Peddling illusion for wares Ritually dispossessed Trading hope and selling death Tearing the pages away Sync up the hammers Unfurl your banners Adversary eyes Running paranoid Empathy devoid Fading slowly Breeding discontent Thought experiment Venomous dissent Fatal schism Chaos underground Chaos in between Seeding enemies Leaving no one Shoot 'em down tonight Foolish acolyte When you crowned the king You became (a mockery) chorus: Fires on the ground Descending crosses fill the sky Stone saviors crumble with their bones The acolyte No slave or servant to become To this Armageddon Your saviors crumble in the light The acolyte When the truth cannot be sold for gain When reality is just a game When a god by any other name I will not deny I will not deny I will not defend Devils that defy Seeding enemies Schism of belief What is blasphemy Without Deity? A thousand disillusioned eyes Answering the seekers, flesh to flies When deceiving stars align Into constellations of the mind A thousand disillusioned eyes A thousand willing hearts to sacrifice Calling to belief The servants of a paper crown One more century The broken and the burning down
8.
Waking up Waking up to realize I’m facing my last breath At the end I am severed by the thought Just close me down and share my faults Time to go Wither, die, and still denied Drifting, insignificant, and it’s all mine No surprise I was too proud to feel your stares And it's the most devastating weight I know No surprise Still alive No surprise Coming to Eyes on buried truths Complicated only by my selfish views A damaged you Incomplete and bruised "Life withstands neglect in ways you can’t abuse" I came from anger, (fighting) swinging away Until I couldn’t be (I never learned to be) I called him “father", (biting) chasing away He’s here still blaming me (Why do you blame me?) I caused the sorrow I left for tomorrow I broke my promise (You were my silver lining) I made you hollow You’re not to follow Don’t break your promise (Become a silver lining) Falling on me My hope is forever Find me dying I know it’s now never A serious silence As my day draws near A reflecting surface This pride is only so sincere Fleeing as the scene of lost souls pulled me near Frayed by love, so close yet sudden A simplistic life caused my weight to disappear See me now, just battered and bludgeoned Coming to Too late to turn The knife cuts my spine as you've wanted Time to go I have to learn The truth calls me, lifeless and daunted Falling on me Resolving Your hope was forever Find me dying Dissolving You know it’s now never "Asking for answers with no compromise One more lie shows just how much time can fly You faced your father but you couldn’t face me I'm not the silver line. i don't believe!" "You were the ocean i drowned myself in But I’m not your problem now that you’ve given in How can you leave when there's nothing resolved? Why can’t we live and love before we all dissolve?"

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"Iris Divine is another one of those bands that I’d heard of and been meaning to check out, but just never got a chance to do so. That’s one of the reasons I am still doing reviews! And after hearing their latest album “The Static and the Noise,” I am really glad I got a chance to hear this band. “The Static and the Noise” is one of those albums that plays like a band’s greatest hits album.

The album starts out with a killer one-two punch with “Catalyst” and “Taking Back the Fall.” Both songs have incredible hooks, tight musicianship and great vocals. This is how you start an album! When you have to listen to albums to see if you’ll review them, it’s great when a song like “Catalyst” jumps out and punches you in the face. This is the kind of modern prog metal that has you driving faster in your car than you realize.

And Iris Divine never take their collective “foot” off the gas. The band seem to have an endless supply of wicked riffs. “Echoes/Effigies” has a driving riff and a sweeping chorus that work so well together. “Fractures” might be the heaviest and tightest track on the album. EXCELLENT bass work on this one by Brian Dobbs. The title track is next and it has a relentless verse with yet another powerful chorus.

“Like Glass” is a GREAT change of pace track that comes at exactly the right moment. It’s more mid tempo and has one really apeshit-prog section in it for those who need something that usually is reserved for Dream Theater. Iris Divine really don’t sound like DT though but I can hear a bit of an influence. Vocally, Navid Rashid sounds more like the guys from Heaven’s Cry, especially since Rashid harmonizes with himself a lot through out the whole album (love that) which is very much like what Heaven’s Cry does. I also hear some Byzantine in their more groove metal moments, I love that too.

“The Acolyte” showcases the band’s playing along with their songwriting talents. Drummer Kris Combs deserves mention too since as I always say, a band is only as good as their drummer, and Combs kicks ass. “We All Dissolve” is the moody closer and it’s yet another great vocal from Rashid, who by the way is a great guitarist too. My only criticism is the use of samples on the track. As most people know, I am not keen on hearing people talking over music and while the sample is fine at the start of the track, I wish that was all there was of it. I just prefer not to have the distraction.

“The Static and the Noise” is one of those albums that as you hear each track, you find yourself saying “oh wow another great song!” And that’s important here. Iris Divine can definitely play BUT the song is clearly the most important thing here. Too many prog bands are worried more about the cool things that they can do rather than making a song memorable to the listener. The song is what matters to Iris Divine and because of that,”The Static and the Noise” is one of the best albums of 2017." - Progressive Music Planet

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released October 6, 2017

Navid Rashid: Vocals, Guitar

Brian Dobbs: Bass

Kris Combs: Drums, Keyboards, Programming

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