We’ve long passed the time where djent-inspired, progressive metalcore feels fresh (jaded ears would unfairly call it rotten from the start), but Danish act Ghost Iris offer up an answer in the form of the delicious, ripe Apple of Discord. What separates this record from the more standard-issue prog metalcore is in the execution. Sure, the band’s approach falls somewhere between Erra and Heart of a Coward in its feisty, ethereal style, but this record is so damn solid from start to finish that it’s impossible not to be impressed. It also doesn’t hurt that, like the best apple orchards, Ghost Iris offer up a solid variety of sonic flavors throughout. Each song contains similar elements, but songs vary in style and execution. To compare the soulful, airy “Beauty in Expiration” to the straight-to-the-jugular “The Rat and the Snake” is to hear how well-balanced Apple of Discord is.