So, here is Invicta with Halls of Extinction.
First things first: I knew Kyle has been playing for Invicta – Kyle Edissi, who is also the guitar masterming in Æpoch‘s Awakening Inception, my album of the year 2018! So knowing that, I was sure this new project simply cannot turn out to be bad. However, since I’m not that much into Thrash Metal, I had my doubts if I was going to like it.
As it was released then, my very first thought after I saw the cover was “okay, this looks a lot more ‘Death Metal’ than I thought it would”. And yeah, that’s exactly what it is: a fantastic mix of quality Thrash Metal and somewhat Oldschool – like – Melodic Death Metal.
It’s not hard to tell – the heavy Thrash influence is a fact, there are a lot of galloping riffs, playful, fantastic solos (my favorite aspect about the record) and a lot of Thrash beats / skank beats on the drums. The solos I mentioned are all very melodic – some of them remind me of the solos from Bloodshoot Down or Scar Symmetry, others are more in the Oldschool Metallica / Iron Maiden vein, but they all have something in common: they are melodic, really well-written and definitely not easy to play – and they’re always placed on the 100% right spot in the songs. The last song “The Rapture” is a huge plus and my favorite song on the record. This is a 9+ minute long instrumental epos!
So I would say that if you like late 80’s and early 90’s Thrash Metal as well as Death Metal + always wanted to hear those genres in a perfect sound quality: Invicta is the right band for you! And if anyone is interested to see what I think their logo should look like, go visit Arpkor Design, I updated their logo a little bit.
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