The beauty of any new DEW-SCENTED album is that, probably since their second album, the band has rarely changed. Their Death/Thrash attack of density and riff focused pummeling waves in how tightly it’s executed, but generally speaking the band has rarely faltered even on this. “Invocation” is no different.
At this point though with eight full-length albums under their belt, a bit of change might be nice. “Invocation” brings a bit of that just in how the album is crafted with some nice slower melodic sections including a brief mid-section moment in “A Critical Mass” and the acoustic intro to the album entitled “Downfall” but beyond these deviations from the core – this album gives the listener the old one-two.
This one-two punch of Death Metal intensities and Thrash Metal foundations is still the same form and ideology the band has utilized since the late 90s. Riffs pummel with triplet furies occasionally chunk out in modern style like on “Global Hysteria” and the brief appearances of overlaid leads or solos quickly burst out for a few sweet seconds before reforming back into the dense rhythm work. The snare snapped and double bass lead drum work keeps the general energy flowing for the album and the all but barely apparent bass work keeps it all grounded down. Vocalist Leif Jensen barks and roars his way with a slightly Thrash tinged guttural performance that has been present for the entire life of the band.
Fans of DEW-SCENTED are sure to find something to love on this latest slab of Metal called “Invocation”, but the band still hasn’t found a way to rival their early 00s albums in tightness of writing and performance. Still a solid way to get your daily mosh in, but mostly for those who already follow the band. Nothing all that original, but certainly nothing to lose fans with.
Songs to check out: “Arise From Decay”, “Condemnation”, “Slaves Of Consent”.
(Online November 26, 2011)