June 15th, 2010
Release length: 25:24
First of all, the vocals on this release simply are not consistant, which really highlights a bit of a production problem then anything. While the vocals seem to be slightly in the background on many songs, on the first three tracks of the album, “Massacre of the Graceful” has vocals that are significantly higher most of the time, almost like they are right in your face, as well as podded down just enough that it sounds like there was an attempt to make certain parts stand out and others go into the mix, but still not at the same level as the rest of the release. Atop that, “Oath of Blasphemy” has a decent amount of distortion to the vocals, which seems to be omitted on “Invert Christ”, even though on the radio sampler they were present. “Massacre of the Graceful” and “Eternal Mockery” also have vocals that sound practically crystal clear, with “Eternal Mockery” using a nice effect during it’s slower part, as well as supporting background rhaspy vocals.
While the vocals on the original material just sound inconsistant, the music remains exactly the same, being that of a rather low sound associated with a somewhat raw production quality. Either way, musically the album is good, and even the vocals, despite their problems, work well with plenty of the songs. The only moments that really leaves you scratching your head would be on “Oath of Blasphemy”, which is really the only bland song musically on the album, being a much slower paced song with riffs that can become repetitive after a while, and just boring all together after a while. Aside the simplistic and rather repetitive guitars, the opening shouting of “Satan” which is obnoxiously loud, almost like a group chant, but has an echo to it that doesn’t do much to show emphasis during the song as it does to kind of startle you since it just comes out of nowhere and is never repeated during the song again. There also winds up being a section prior to the guitar solo where the vocals are the rhaspy Black Metal type of vocals. Xaphan of the band Kult of Azazel does guest vocals for this song, and it’s more then likely his vocals during this bridge, but they unfortunately come off a bit weak in the final mix, as if straining to get them out. While the changing of vocal styles for this kind of bridge was the best thing to do, a deeper version of the vocals performed normally would have been nicer.
While “Oath of Blasphemy” really isn’t the greatest cut off the album, and there are clearly some production issues, Invert Christ is still a good Death Metal romp for it’s money. The title track “Invert Christ” is still very catchy, though it will take one or two listens to welcome the off-beat placing of the vocals that appear through the song, but in the end they work out very well. “Massacre of the Graceful” is also an enjoyable track with music that switches between a faster pace with a hint of Thrash intensity, to a much slower straightforward Death Metal tone. The guitar solos on the release are generally very well done, and with this track is no exception, but the only problem here is the sound that solo has, being a rather muffled distortion that hides the solo moreso in the back, when it would have really done wonders being distorted to make it heavier and brought to the front of the music.
The EP also includes two covers, which were also available on the sampler single that came out not too long before this. Among them is the cover of the Death classic “Evil Dead”, as well as a cover of Venom‘s classic “In League With Satan”. Both of these covers sound great, especially “In League With Satan”, which features a vocal performance that is actually top notch and really seems to have more power behind it then any other track on here, and the accompanying deep gutteral vocals during the chorus sound phenomenal backing up the slightly higher pitched vocal style use throughout the album. This track happens to feature guest vocals by Matt Korr from the metal band Korr, and it really does give the song a strong kick that, hopefully, the group will pick up on and utilized in future recordings.
The audio sample that starts off Invert Christ perfectly sets the tone for what the band manages to achieve, as well as attempts to achieve, on this release, and that is outright evil sounding Death Metal with no god present. This Satanic release features some great songs with only one that feels a bit like filler material. With a very production issues aside in the vocal work, Invert Christ shows some great promise for NeldÃ¶reth. With such a successful transition from Black Metal to Death Metal, there’s no denying that, in time, this two piece will be able to come up with some very impressive material as they mature as a group.
01. Invert Christ – 3:52
02. Eternal Mockery – 3:30
03. Oath of Blasphemy – 5:41
04. Massacre of the Graceful – 6:14
05. Evil Dead (Death cover) – 2:58
06. In League With Satan (Venom cover) – 3:06
|Overall Score: 8/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Neldoreth.