I thought it was a good stab for what they were attempting. Many catchy melodies, crunching riffs and a cool sound. Vocals had good melody and interesting lyrics although could have been brought up a bit in the mix. Nothing to totally blow your mind but it was good. I enjoyed it. Im also fimilar with the bands that Phil wrote about down below some of which I like but nothing any better then the iris. Some of those bands sound like the same song through the whole record. Guess its a matter of opinion. To say the least Phil just sounds like a poor hater trying to slash the enemy of his local hero. I think they have a word for that, oh yeah its called man groupie. Your not going to find anything to much different with the other bands they all share a common ground. Listen yourself, if you like this style im sure you will find some songs by the iris that you will like and some from the other bands as well.