Kyle Edissi - Guitar/Vocals
Jonah Kay - Guitar
Shareef Hassanien - Drums
Steven Rowlands - Live Bass
Metal from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Carnality and brutality collide, creating Invicta. But they are not your typical Thrash Death Metal band, they have genuine substance to their music that makes you feel its raw power.
Hamartia was perfect to set the tone for the EP, at the beginning it has this creepy sinister vibe and then comes the power, after that just hold on for the ride. The riffs are spot on and almost play with your emotions because you feel empowered while at the same time cautious since it has his sinister undertone to it.
Forbidden Scriptures has everything you could possibly want in a Metal song. Especially one killer guitar solo, add in the hard cadence of the drums, and brutal growl. I think one of the things I really respect about their artistry is that often times in the genre of Death Metal, it is hard to understand the lyrics or really get into the song because they can be too chaotic. But with Invicta, even though the vocals are a growl, you still understand them, it is almost like a demon speaking those inner dark thoughts. The way the song is done is so excellently executed you can’t help but be drawn into the darkness of this song.
Prehistoric Suffocation is all about speed. It is a perfect representation of how music can be somewhat chaotic in sound but still evoke a powerful surge of adrenaline within the person listening to it. You find beauty in the chaos if you are willing to listen to the actual feeling of the song. The drums give you that fast heartbeat, the growl is like the demon of the song is chasing you and you are trying to find your escape. But who is to say the demon is chasing you and isn’t actually within you and it has somehow got out and wants you to finally face your own darkness. The human psyche can be a dark and disturbing place, this song makes you face that and basically say, it’s ok, we all have that demon within us.
If I had to pick my favorite song on the Invicta EP, it would be The Executioner. I am not sure why this song spoke to my soul in the way it does, but it did. In a strange way you can find solace in the line, “Evil cannot be reborn because evil never dies”, so to me, all the evil that is in the world is here right now and it cannot continue to manifest itself. Evil may be immortal but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be altered, even hatred can turn into love. Darkness eventually becomes light. It is strange that a song called The Executioner can bring about a sense of hope in a person. The rhythm of the song reminds me of an army uprising, but not just dark legions, but at the same time legions of good can be forming as well. The Executioner doesn’t necessarily mean that evil wins or the dark legions will rule, rather I like to believe it’s the execution of barriers and misunderstanding. That both can co exist in a world that respects the dark aspects of life but somehow changes its energy to become something good. You get wrapped up in the music that you want to conquer this evil and not allow it to take control, if it be within yourself or within others. Evil might not die, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be stopped. But the only way you can stop it is by understanding it and executing the source of the pain, which might be as simple as forgiveness or letting go of something painful that was just there to teach you a lesson in life.
Overall, I would have to say this is a fantastic EP and one I can see any metal aficionado getting into. The intensity is a constant from the first song down to the last. The vocals are a growl but has a crispness where you can hear the stories of the songs and interpret them as your soul sees fit. The guitar solos, riffs, and drums keep you in that state of being flooded by adrenaline and power. I honestly can’t wait to hear more from Invicta and curious as to how others will feel their music as well. They are certain to be a dark horse in the music industry.
Isaac Kent - Guitar
John Scotto - Vocals
Jaad Stewart - Drums
Cyrus Robertson-Orkish - Bass
Devon Roberts - Keyboard
Dali Van Gogh are a guitar driven hard rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. With a sound that has been described as "rugged and rugged and vibrant, reminiscent of early years AC/DC and Led Zeppelin" (Stewart Rankin). The band has received worldwide radio play, and have officially released 4 records: Verbal Warning (2010), Mask Identity (2012), Wild Blue City (2012), and most recently From Ashes (2017)
Dali Van Gogh creates music that gives you the energy fix you need to either get through the day or even begin it. Each song has its own story but together creates an auditory illustrative novel for the senses.
God Help Me I Like It is a perfect song for provocation and how someone feels when they are being seduced. It becomes intoxicating and you can’t help but feel like you are being seduced as well by the music. The guitar is playing cat and mouse with your senses while the vocals capture you within the game.
God Help Me I Like It - Dali Van Gogh
One of the songs my soul was most drawn to was Sunshine, because it was musical sunshine. It has a bit of a metal edge with the cadence to headbang but still has that gritty hard rock vibe. I can picture this song being a huge hit during the summertime and in an outdoor venue, since it has a pretty mellow vibe too. It really does have you all over the place emotionally and mentally but sometimes within that confusion comes beauty. You are getting lost in the moment and just feeling the rhythm and melody. Not every song has to be profound, sometimes its nice to have music that just makes you feel good. And who doesn’t feel good when they are surrounded by sunshine?
Stand Up, Wake Up is their call to arms song. The song that makes you rethink how things are going in the world and makes you see society in a new perspective, then most importantly makes you want to take action and change it. You are lacing up your boots and taking to the streets to make sure your voice is heard and won’t stop until the powers that be listen to you. Or it could be your own personal battle, to make peace with something that has been chasing you for your lifetime and restraining you from being the person you were meant to be. That sometimes you have to stand up for yourself, against yourself. Who hasn’t experienced those moments where we are our own worst critic and we get in the way of our own dreams because we listen to doubt or we listen to what others say about us. Just listen to this song and wake up, take a stand for yourself, even if the enemy is your own mind. You have the power within yourself to change anything you don’t agree with. This song could very well provide you the motivation you need to do so.
And for all of your ballad lovers out there, don’t worry, even you have your beautiful moment on the album, with Torn to Pieces. Where the focus is solely on the vocals and lyrics. If your heart is breaking, you can find solace in this song. Just close your eyes and know you are safe in your sadness because within that song, you are understood and someone is feeling that same way too. Sometimes all it takes to mend a broken heart is knowing someone else has had one too, then you never have to wonder if it was only you. Then the guitar solo sweeps in and changes the energy of the song where you no longer want to lie in bed and cry your eyes out, its still a ballad but now you have found some strength that you will eventually be whole once again.
Overall, a very solid album that has many layers of emotions and thoughts. No matter what you are experiencing or feeling in the moments while you listen to this album, you will come out with a sense of being complete and free. Music really is a powerful tool and Dali Van Gogh has shown they know just how to use it and create something for the world to heal to.
Rop Van Haren - Vocals
Rick Bouwman - Guitars
Marcel Heesakkers - Guitars
Vinnie Wassink - Bass
Wilfried Broekman - Drums
During the five years that Martyr was alive and kicking (1982-1987), the band released two albums that are considered cult in the Metal scene today. ‘For The Universe’ (1985) and ‘Darkness At Time’s Edge’ (1986) are classic Metal, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.
In those years, Martyr appeared on compilation albums from Roadrunner and Metal Blade, was voted Holland’s best new Metal band in Aardschok magazine, has toured with several international acts and appeared on Sky Channel’s Monsters Of Rock.
Martyr disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later, the band revived almost the complete 1982 line up to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festivals. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also the years after that MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam , Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey a.o. on different tours.
In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years has been released . That’s when the new EP ‘Fear’ was coupled with a re-release of the classic ‘For The Universe’ album as a double digipack entitled ‘Fear The Universe’ on Rusty Cage Records (RCR0017).
MARTYR has releases a new record "Circle Of 8" November 2011. This album is released worldwide by Metal Blade Records and has great reviews.
March 2016 MARTYR released a new album "You Are Next" by Into The Limelight Records / Pure Steel Promotions. The album is very well received and brought MARTYR to many international stages.
September 2017 MARTYR kicked of their 35th anniversary year with a headliner show at the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival after which they toured Japan.
If I had to briefly describe Martyr, I would say its power metal personified. They really have their own unique sound and style but at times you can hear glimmers of some of Metals powerhouses like Iron Maiden and Megadeth.
They released the album You Are Next back in 2016 but it is having some staying power within the music community. Once you listen to Infinity you will understand why, that song is unbridled seduction in musical form. The intro of the song really draws you in with the almost operatic vocal style which reminds me a bit of Bruce Dickinson. When you add in the cadence of the guitars and edgy riffs you have a killer song to get your blood flowing.
Infinity - Martyr
Souls Breathe is intoxicating, it plays with tempo and vocal style that keeps you hypnotized. You really don’t know what to expect but you are so wrapped up in the music you really don’t care that you have been swept away. I love how there are moments where the rhythm is fast and has a thrash metal feel but the vocals are very melodic and haunting. The mark of a true artist is when their music sounds effortless to the listener and Martyr has certainly done just that, not only with this song but all the songs on the album as well.
Now Crawl takes you to a whole different realm with an almost Type O Negative feel to it. It opens with slower vocal style that renders you unable to do anything but focus on the lyrics. It is really hard to articulate into words just what this song makes you feel because its a song of emotion and one I know nobody would have the same interpretation of. When music makes you feel emotion rather than stir your thoughts, it becomes part of you and a personal experience. Sometimes articulation is just not possible, rather you blast the music and let others feel what you feel.
All in all the album You Are Next is solid from start to finish. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and thoughts where it’s almost a cathartic experience because you are purging any negative or angry emotions through the music. It makes you want to get up and mosh or sing at the top of your lungs, which is the most beautiful aspect of music, it heals the soul. And each soul feels and speaks a different language, this album just happened to speak to mine. They have reminded me of what real power Metal sounds like and certainly something I will never tire of.
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