|Echovirus – ‘Invictus’ (Casket Music)|
|Written by David Whistance|
|Wednesday, 03 March 2010 08:00|
During my formative years of musical appreciation I have embraced many different great genres, Heavy Metal, Punk, Alternative Rock, you name it I have rocked to it. There was however one sub genre of Heavy Metal that somehow evaded me throughout most of those years and that was the ferocious, in your face, guitar shredding, head crushing sound known as Death Metal.
In more recent years my comrades in arms have been educating me in all things Death Metal, and thankfully as a result I've got to see blinding performances from the likes of Carcass, At The Gates and Arch Enemy to name but a few.
So as I've now passed the entry test and am an official card carrying member of the Death Metal Brigade, imagine my delight when 'Invictus' the new album by Brighton's Death Metal crew arrived on my doorstep.
And not to put a too finer point on it, this is one motherfucking beast of an album.
Just like the band's name, this album is a virus in it's own right, the moment you hear the opening drum intro of opening track 'Fragments' the album infects you. Getting inside your skin, pulverising every inch of your being until you reach the final moments of 'Once The Hero' where you will be bouncing off the walls whilst spewing up green bile, instantly reaching for the repeat button, wanting to repeat the experience again and again.
For any novices to the genre there is the more accessible Arch Enemy inspired number 'New Gods' featuring some mighty fine shredding by guitarists Andy Slade and Dimitri Savathrakis, a great number and less of a face tearing moment than Cannibal Corpse for instance. But don't underestimate this album as it is no less brutal than its counterparts and that is thanks to vocalist Daniel Kennedy, whose ferocious deathly roar doesn't let up across the eight tracks featured, and crushing the listener into total submission.
Take one look at the bands promo shot on the album sleeve, and you'll understand that this is one band that is not prepared to take any prisoners.
My only criticism with the album, albeit a small one, is at times I feel they could have done with a better production, and you never know after listening to 'Invictus' they may get Andy Sneap knocking at the door next time around.
With the current main stream Heavy Metal magazines seeming to only champion bands more concerned with their floppy fringes and fashion statements, real Heavy Metal bands such as Beholder, Fell On Black Days and Scream Allegiance risk getting ignored by the wider crossover market they ultimately need to sustain long term careers, and I'll tell you now it will be a crime against real Heavy Metal if an album as ferociously brilliant as 'Invictus' gets overlooked.
So, as Carcass are happy just doing the selected festival date these days and have no intention of recording any new material they have left a gaping hole in the British Death Metal scene, and maybe just maybe Echovirus are the guys to fill it.