Invictus – Eden

Invictus – Eden
Iron Shield Records
Release Date: 24/01/2020
Running Time: 39:23
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Invictus, who were founded in 2017 in Bavaria, released their first E.P “Burst The Curse” in March 2019 (Mark did a review of that). Now they give us their debut full-length album “Eden”.

The band, which consists of Nicolas Peter on vocals, Fabio Winter and Andreas Honsberg on guitars, Fabian Scharf on bass and David Knobbe on drums come across as a group from days gone by with their sound of Judas Priest/Helloween style Traditional Heavy Metal. This isn’t a bad thing, by any means, but something just isn’t gelling for me. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good listen with strong guitar riffs and great drumming plus the voice of Peter, who has so much energy in his delivery, cranking out some great lyrics, but they seem to be trying to cram so much into the album it gets a bit much for me, personally. It’s almost like putting a Mentos into a bottle of fizzy drink; it overflows so much I cannot get a grip of what’s going on. Tracks, when played individually, seem fine but put them all together and I’m like “stop the world, I want to get off” although ‘Styx’ is a track I was completely not expecting, a classic Power Metal ballad that is well executed.

The guys in Invictus are obviously very talented and this is only their debut, but I think with hindsight, they have fallen into a trap. Rather than sounding like Invictus they have taken a load of bits that worked for other bands and have used them in their own music. Yes, of course you will be influenced by others, but I shouldn’t be sitting there thinking to myself “that bit is from Priest, that bit is from Accept, that is by Helloween/Gamma Ray oh and that bit is Blind Guardian” It sounds like a collection of 80’s Metal clichés that have already been overused.

Every review that Invictus receive is going to be a learning curve for them and I’m sure their fanbase will stick by them, but to gain a wider audience they need to find their own voice and not mimic others quite so much!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. The Hammer
03. Inside Your Head
04. The Garden Of Eden
05. Through The Storm
06. Thought Of An Idea
07. Livin’ In The Future
08. Styx
09. Break The Chains
10. Insomnia
11. Burning Empire

LINE-UP:
Nicolas Peter – vocals
Fabio Winter – guitars
Fabian Scharf – bass
Andreas Honsberg – guitars
David Knobbe – drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/InvictusHeavyMetal
www.instagram.com/invictus_metal_official/
www.invictusheavymetal.bandcamp.com/
www.soundcloud.com/invictusmetal
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2vXotrzz7JPAa7M2JLE5VW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvNHGJU8lZJvZ6UzHCWSaA

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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel

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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel
MetalMessage
Release Date: 14/10/2019
Running Time: 56:59
Review by Mark Pritchard and Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone, it’s Rick.

We don’t often get asked to review a Label/PR Company compilation and if we do receive them they often get put to one side as there are just too many other albums arriving, but they are definitely not pointless. Personally, I tend to listen to them in car going to or from other gigs and have discovered some really great bands on them that I would otherwise have missed.

German PR Agency METALMESSAGE are one of the many companies we deal with to bring you news, features, interviews and reviews and their owner Markus Eck is one of the nicest people you could wish to deal with so when he asked Mark if he could write a few words about the latest compilation album he had put together called METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” I said it was fine.

The following paragraph belongs to Mark and I have to say I pretty much agree with him on everything. You could certainly do a lot worse than checking out any one of the bands on this sampler, even the artwork by Serbian illustrator Dusan Markovic.is fabulous, and you should definitely check out METALMESSAGE too, a company that does things the right way!

Mark
The other day I was asked by METALMESSAGE owner and friend Markus Eck to have a listen to a compilation album he has spent months putting together with the possibility of me writing a small review and I can only say that I jumped at the chance! Ladies and Gentlemen, what we have here is an awesome album called “METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” which is comprised of thirteen tracks from thirteen different metal bands who come from various countries and there isn’t just one genre of metal being portrayed. ”VII: Respect The Steel” is, in my own words, a masterpiece of metal combinations all rolled up into one awesome album. With the likes of Invictus, Hell’s Guardian & Atrium Noctis, to name but three bands featured, ”VII: Respect The Steel” just entices to be heard and listened to. My album rating is an easy 9 out of 10 and I want to say a huge thank you to METALMESSAGE main man Markus for the huge amount of time he put into making the compilation and for asking if i would like to write a small review.

Below is a tracklist and links for all the bands and for METALMESSAGE.

01. ASH OF ASHES (Germany) ‘Down The White Waters’ (Unreleased Single Edit)
https://www.facebook.com/AshOfAshes/

02. HELL’S GUARDIAN (Italy) ‘Blood Must Have Blood’
https://www.facebook.com/hellsguardian.official/

03. INVICTUS (Germany) “Burst The Curse”
https://www.facebook.com/InvictusHeavyMetal/

04. REVEREND HOUND (Germany) “War Of The Wolves”
https://www.facebook.com/ReverendHound/

05. DAWN AHEAD (Germany) “Sinister Thoughts”
https://www.facebook.com/dawnaheadofficial

06. WOLVES DEN “Nachtmahr”
https://www.facebook.com/wolvesdenband/

07. AFTERMATH (USA) “Diethanasia”
https://www.facebook.com/AftermathChicago/

08. ONTBORG (Italy) “Within The Depths Of Oblivion”
https://www.facebook.com/Ontborg/

09. HOLLOWED (Germany) “Sick Society”
https://www.facebook.com/Hollowed.FFM/

10. MISANTHROPIA (Germany) “Mirror”
https://www.facebook.com/MisanthropiaArea/

11. ATRIUM NOCTIS (Germany) “Leviathan”
https://www.facebook.com/atriumnoctis/

12. HANGATYR (Germany) “Blick aus Eis”
https://www.facebook.com/derGehangene/

13. FORGE (Switzerland) “The Death Of A Warrior”
https://www.facebook.com/forgemetal/

 

METALMESSAGE
https://www.metalmessage.de/
https://www.facebook.com/metalmessage.pr/

https://www.instagram.com/metalmessage/
https://metalmessage.bandcamp.com/
https://metalmessage.tumblr.com/

https://www.youtube.com/METALMESSAGE

 

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Invictus – Burst The Curse

Invictus

Invictus – Burst The Curse
Self-Released
Release Date: 15/03/2019
Running Time: 11:09
Review by Mark Pritchard
10/10

I was recently asked to review an EP called “Burst The Curse” by German Heavy/Speed/Power Metal Band Invictus. I have actually heard of these guys but not much of their material and that is definitely something I regret. ‘Burst The Curse’ is only three songs but what a three songs they are. Being somewhat of a ‘newcomer’ to their music I am awestruck. For a first introduction they have made one hell of an impression on me. These three tracks, personally, sound completely different to each other which I really enjoy.

The first thing that pops out to me when listening is that you don’t just hear their passion but feel that passion. Their intensity and playing skill as well as the awesome vocals makes this band and my ears a ‘match made in heaven’. With the EP being short, it has allowed me to listen to them more times than I can count, most would say that I have been listening too thoroughly which isn’t the case, I just really enjoy this EP and It is one of those releases, for me, that is a hidden gem. Most fans of music look as hard as they can to find an album or EP that satisfies their craving for music from a band that they might not have had the chance to listen to before but I was lucky enough to be asked to review it and I am definitely grateful that I agreed!

Dave on Drums, Fabi on Bass Guitar, Both Andi and Fabio on Guitar and capped off with Nico with Vocals makes for an amazing combination and for a band that have been together since 2010 shows that they know what they are doing and where they want to go. To be in the game for nine years shows the dedication they have for not just making music but to push themselves onwards and upwards which is awesome and to be able to review this EP has been out of this world.

Now for the part of the review that is the toughest and that is its rating. Well I say toughest but deciding a rating for this was not close to being tough. I have listened to this EP numerous times, actually for the last three days straight it’s the only thing I have listened to and I couldn’t rate it anything but a 10/10, this EP is absolutely magnificent to listen to and I also have a favourite song out of the three which is the second song called ‘Gaia’, this song is more slow paced but I love it a lot and I rate that song a 10/10 on its own, an absolutely amazing EP.

I would like to thank Markus at METALMESSAGE PR for giving me the chance to review this awesome band and EP as well as the band members Nico, Fabi, Fabio, Andi and David for the hard work they put into this and I would suggest for any fans of metal to go and check these guys out!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Burst The Curse
02. Gaia
03. Someone Out There

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/InvictusHeavyMetal/
https://www.instagram.com/invictus_metal_official/
https://invictusheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMvNHGJU8lZJvZ6UzHCWSaA?

 

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