Tuesday 6 October 2015

Irata - Sweet Loris (Album Review)

Release date: October 09th 2015. Label: Retro Futurist Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Sweet Loris – Tracklisting

Lion Slayer
Sweet Loris
March By Tens
Teeth Of The Arctic Storm

Band Members:

Jon Case - Bass, vocal
Jason Ward - Drums, vocals, synth
Cheryl Manner - Guitar


Purveyors of fine smokey riffs and a dense groove, Irata are back with their new album Sweet Loris. Whether you were a fan of their free flowing brand of stoner-esque rock before, you will find plenty of things that you will adore here and if you weren't a fan before, you will be after listening to Sweet Loris.

The band started their musical life off as an instrumental act and it is their loose jam style of making their groove laden rock so free flowing that makes them stand out, the addition of vocals turned them into a fine band and Sweet Loris ups the ante tremendously.

The thundering likes of the title track, March By Tens and Teeth Of a The Arctic Storm are an eager indication of even bigger things to come for Irata and for now we can listen and embrace how good the band sounds.

The thundering guitar of Cheryl Manner enhances the Irata sound here, at times monstrously heavy and others heartbreakingly beautiful while the bass/drums combo of band founders Jonathon Case and Jason Ward create a tribal rhythm that rumbles along perfectly.

The first track released from the album, Lion Slayer is a fine indication of the new streamlined Irata sound. This song is a snaking behemoth of a track that slithers into the listeners consciousness and doesn't let go and the hypnotic groove will be stuck in your head for days.

The rest of the album is no less mesmerising, with the likes of the aforementioned March By Tens and Skin coming across as the very definition of spellbinding and relentless rock fuelled energy joined together with a deeply melodic twist.

Irata are touring the U.S with kindred spirits and labelmates Kylesa upon the albums release and fans of the band in this country should pray that this tour will come over to the U.K and if there's any justice in the world, it will.

Words by Gavin Brown

Thanks to Earsplit PR for the promo. Sweet Loris will be available to buy on CD/DD from Retro Futurist Records from October 09th 2015. Vinyl will be released at a later date.