Iress: Shamed

After releasing their early material under the name Iris, the LA-based doom metal quartet composed of Michelle Malley (vocals, guitar), Alex Moreno (guitar), Michael Maldonado (bass) and Glenn Chu (drums), changed their name to Iress and released their previous EP, Soaked, on Plag Records in 2017.

The band's upcoming album, Flaw, was produced by Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties, mixed by Collin Pastore, and mastered by Jett Galindo of The Bakery, and it's expected out in 2020, introduced now with first single, Shamed.

Implementing elements of shoegaze to the band's already compelling, heavy sound, and reliant on intricate instrumentals, detailed production and a crystal clear vocal delivery, Shamed is not a typical piece for doom metal. Instead it benefits from the mixture of its overall dejected concept and genre fusing qualities to come out as something ethereal and esoteric, if not cutting edge.

Iress' doom metal is of that transcendental kind that hooks the listener right off, and something that emits balanced amounts of sadness and profundity, without overstepping its bounds and yield to over-complication.

Cover art by Lauren Griffin

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