Invictus - Burst The Curse - (5/10)
Published on April 5, 2019
Genre:Heavy Metal / Power / Speed Metal
Everything on the exterior of this EP told me to sit back and enjoy a face-melting good time, courtesy of some good old fashioned German speed metal – perhaps in an early Blind Guardian vein? After all, check out that almost thrash-esque album cover, the wonderfully angular logo and the great band name: INVICTUS. This was almost to be. Not quite, but almost. I’m not quite sure what the German quartet were thinking when they chose to launch this oddity as a debut release. It’s not terrible, but it makes all the wrong choices and ended up deterring me as a potential fan, rather than hooking me in and making me beg for more as good EPs should.
The opening title-track welcomes the listener well enough with some pounding, speedy riffage chock full of NWOBHM flair. A nice gang-shout chorus will have you headbanging and yelling along with joy. But before you know it, we’re down to an ambient acoustic section and all the well-developed energy is gone in under 90 seconds! This is just the first of the bizarre songwriting choices on this EP. Next up is “Gaia”. You’ll never guess – this one’s a ballad! And not a good one. Directionless and almost devoid of dynamic contrast, with a dodgy wailing performance from Nicolas Peter whose vocals are otherwise pretty spot on. That’s something positive, at least. The band members are all performing at a solid level and the production quality is pleasingly gritty.
The final track, “Someone Out There”, is the only one that really holds its own and shows true potential for where the band might go on a full-length LP. Substantial songwriting and a great solo section make up for unmemorable vocal patterns. Overall, this EP could do with a little more – just one more track like the closing number would have upped the score greatly. Unfortunately, this is a weak example of a taster session for an up-and-coming band. Not a firm step forward and declaration, more of a shy kid in the back of class, sheepishly raising his hand. Keep trying, lads – I wanna hear a full album of ”Someone Out Theres”.