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.
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