|Review: Dew-Scented - Invocation|
Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: June 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.2/5 (44%) (5 Votes)
I've been seeing this name around for years – the first review of their material here dates back to 2001 – but based solely on the name, I never bothered checking them out. I mean, "Dew-Scented"? Anyway... With the platitudes out of the way, Invocation is a mish-mash of Death/Thrash, Death Metal and Melodic Death Metal (Gothenburg style), modern for the most part though it does have the occasional and very welcome old school passages here and there, making this sound less plastic than it otherwise would. The band is pretty tight and this is played admirably; a couple of problems though – there's nothing that memorable here and it's not very original either, it all sounds a little "been there, done that" despite the mix of genres, and the screamed vocals are a real hindrance. In fact, a less "screaming kiddo" approach would have easily made this sound much better. I always find it hard to concentrate on the music when there's this type of screaming burying everything.
Despite this being relatively unoriginal, there's a lot of cool stuff here musically – precise drumming, some really good guitar passages – gotta love the "machine gun" approach they use on occasion – plus a few screaming solos that call for attention. Add some mid-80s Thrash-style riffage (I wish they had more of that in here) and the day has been saved, making this entertaining overall. In terms of purchase you could do better, but you could do worse too.
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