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Greensboro’s IRATA drop new album ‘Tower’

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Since its 2007 genesis at the hands of founding members drummer Jason Ward and bassist Jon Case, IRATA has mutated restlessly, moving from its initial morphine-infused heavy fusion through math-y metal and finally to the soaring, technical heavy rock of its current approach. Over those dozen years, IRATA has made its presence known in metal and hard rock circles throughout the Southeast and beyond. Thanks to its growth from a trio with guitarist Cheryl Manner to a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Owen Burd, IRATA is evolving yet again.


With Burd’s talents on guitar, vocals, and trumpet added to what had already felt like a complete equation, IRATA is pushing itself to new vocal and instrumental heights. Accordingly, its upcoming LP Tower applies impressive musicianship and complex textures to increasingly approachable tunes that teeter between hard rock and prog-metal. It’s like the sports car version of Don Caballero. Fans of Jane’s Addiction, Mastodon, Kylesa, Helms Alee, Sandrider, All Them Witches, and King Buffalo pay heed.


IRATA will join Weedeater for a short run of shows later this month. The band are also confirmed to appear on the Golden Haze Fest in Golden, Colorado as well as Descendants Of Crom III Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with addition live performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.


IRATA w/ Weedeater:
5/29/2019 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/30/2019 Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH
6/01/2019 Turnbuckles And Brews – Dayton, OH
6/02/2019 Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
6/03/2019 The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
8/30/2019 Golden Haze Fest @ Buffalo Rose – Golden, CO *
9/22/2019 Descendants Of Crom III Fest @ Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA *
* IRATA only


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