|Death Metal, Thrash Metal
May 24th, 2010
Release length: 45:56
Invocation brings both the band’s signature intensity and the complex guitar work that many have recently come to love of the band. While this release still features the band’s ability to play really fast and keep the Death Metal brutality alive, this speed is mixed well with complex chords. The only thing that is different about this release from many others is the inclusion of instrumental tracks. Some may say that Incinerate, the previous Dew-Scented album, was the first to introduce these as of late, and you would be late, as it did introduce the band’s first album intro, but this album features not only an album introductory track with the song “Downfall”, which is actually an instrumental track that bleeds into the following track “Arise from Decay”, but a purely instrumental track called “Totem”, which comes in mid-album and does practically nothing for the album whatsoever.
So, aside having an element to the album that in the fourteen years of prior band experience Dew-Scented has had has never popped up once, there really is nothing else negative to speak of. Musically, Invocation is another great album with plenty of great tracks, and more that seem to stand out from each other then on previous albums. Practically every track on here has it’s own sense of individuality, whether it be through speed or just complexity. “Rivel In Contempt”, for example, is a faster paced Thrash heavy track that brings in some great musical change up throughout the release that seperates it from earlier songs like “Arise from Decay”, which really just hammers away at your senses with a great mixture of technical presentation and brutallity. “A Critical Mass” and “Global Hysteria” really stand out against the rest of the album as they are much slower songs that focus primarily on technical guitar work. However, “A Critical Mass” really seems to be more of a Hardcore inspired track then anything.
The slower tracks seem to really be concentrated more towards the end of the release, with a few popping up around the start of Invocation. A good chunk of the faster material appears here, like the title track “Invocation” and “Artificial Life”. The problem here is that there is a serious lack of really fast songs. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but one thing that made Dew-Scented a good band was the brutal fast paced songs they were able to bring to life. The closest we get to that on this release is “Artificial Life” and “Condemnation”, the latter being the closest thanks to the faster guitar riffs being utilized and the slightly haunting guitar riff used during the closing of the chorus to the song, and the electronid distortions to the shouting of the track’s title works very well in the song.
Invocation is a solid album, even if it is a bit devoid of the faster material the band is able to create. There’s plenty of songs on here that change things up as far as the pace of the song goes, the structure, and overall song atmosphere, that there are practically no repetitive moments on this release. It’s great to see a band try to stay somewhat consistant while trying to expand without coming up with a sound that completely alienates their already established fan base, as well as sounds as heavy and catchy as this release is. While it may not be as fast as the younger days of Dew-Scented, or as brutal, Invocation still keeps the intensity that has been the corner stone of their style, and clearly have a strong future still ahead of them.
01. Downfall (Instrumental) – 1:47
02. Arise From Decay – 4:38
03. The Invocation – 3:38
04. Have No Mercy On Us – 4:37
05. Artificial Life – 3:45
06. Condemnation – 3:05
07. Totem (Instrumental) – 1:06
08. Torn to Shreds – 3:48
09. Revel in Contempt – 4:01
10. A Critical Mass – 4:43
11. Global Hysteria – 4:29
12. Slaves of Consent – 6:19
|Overall Score: 7/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Prosthetic Records.