New York based Progressive Death Metallers INVIDIA have arrived with their second demo "Reflections Of The Shattered Glass", a well executed offering displaying the obvious talents possessed by the individuals who make up this five piece.
Reminiscent of the Canadians INTO ETERNITY, INVIDIA refuse to stick with any one given style, but rather pride themselves on incorporating elements from traditional, melodic Death, and Thrash Metal. Though mixing styles can give birth to fresh sounding material, the risk of sounding disjointed is always there. However, INVIDIA prove that they are no strangers to writing solid compositions, and therefore never succumb to the above mentioned traps apparent in genre shifting.
Beginning with an uncharacteristic acoustic/instrumental piece, the band truly enters the fold in full force on "Rise Of The Unborn" and manages to carry and sustain their momentum up until the demo's conclusion. Throughout it's duration, the band demonstrates that they are extremely capable musicians with varied drumming, soaring yet melodic leads, speedy, technical solos as well as frequent time changes. Vocally the band incorporates the traditional Death growls but also throw some tortured screams into the mix for effect. While musically this demo far exceeded my expectations, the unfortunately low quality production job does detract from the overall listening experience. However, considering this is a demo, I can look past the muddy sound as the music itself more than makes up for it.
When all is said and done, "Reflections Of The Shattered Glass" is definitely a worthy depiction of a band that has what it takes to make a name for themselves. I truly hope that INVIDIA keep up the strong work because I can't help but imagine how much better these songs would sound professionally produced. Keep yours ears open for these guys in the future, and when their record label debut is unleashed, you'll know what I mean. (Online May 29, 2004)