As December drew 2013 to a close it saw the CD release of the In Death EP from Swedish death metallers Invidious, a release which had already worked its spiteful caustic charms on a great many with a digital appearance in 2011 via Imperium Productions. The four track slab of sonic brutality and unrestrained malevolence is a merciless cruel confrontation but one which deceptively infests the imagination to offer solace within the corrupting vicious storms. Raw and punishing the release and its sound is ripe for the death metal purists but equally ventures with plenty for more varied extreme metal tastes to find an appetite for and though it is not exactly a release to ignite the genre and new fans to feverish proportions, In Death is definitely a venomous encounter which warrants full attention.
Emerging in 2007 from the fallout of Katalysator founded two years earlier, the band changing its name to all extend and purposes, Invidious consists of vocalist Pelle Ahmann (Katalysator and ex-Katalysator), guitarists Hampe Death ( Degial / Unpure / Malign (live) and ex- Katalysator/Watain (live)/Degial Of Embos) and Andreas Meisingseth (ex-Katalysator / Graveless / Vindicate), bassist Gottfrid Ahmann ( In Solitude / Repugnant and ex- Katalysator, ex-Immaculate/Obscene Infinity), and drummer J. K. (Ensnared and ex-Gravehammer). Through their first EP as Invidious the band rampages across the senses, the Sepulchral Voice Records released CD at times a muggy consumption which literally mugs the ears and senses but there is that something about In Death which makes you simply want and welcome the violation time and time again.
The release opens with a distant setting and sound which creates a menacing ambience aided by sonic squalls across its scenery. As soon as the vocal squalls of Pelle Ahmann sends the introduction into the shadows Black Blood and band erupt in a torrential scourge of exhaustive riffing, bone splintering rhythms, and a melodically honed sonic tempting which niggles and seduces as potently as the emerging infectious groove. Into its full height the track stomps and prowls with predacious mastery whilst switching with adrenaline lit charges which easily enlist a growing taste for the track. The bass of Gottfrid Ahmann is a constant threat and treat throughout the song, its dangerous rabidity adding extra menace to the already rapacious brute of an encounter.
The following Dead Salvation Spawn accosts the ears with spirals of sonic abrasion; flumes of venom which enjoyably reappear across the length of the track within the thunderous and malicious maelstrom savaging the senses. Again bass and guitars recruit a hunger for their intensive presence and sculpting, whilst drums and vocals bludgeon the listener with a nastiness and confidence which you can only eagerly indulge in. Like the opener the song twists and lurches into magnetic endeavour though as across the whole EP it often takes focused ears thrust deep into its toxic chasm to reveal all the impressive turns in place.
Throne of Death is a tsunami of acidic hostility which without quite finding the same appeal as its predecessors still corrodes the air with inciting bitterness musically and lyrically whilst some of the guitar invention and classically bred melodies are virulently enthralling. Its climax is slightly messy and dare one say slightly indulgent before the final thrilling scurrilous assault from the track, but it still leaves you breathless and hungry for more which the closing Visions provides with unbridled severity, if pleasingly speared by kinder grooves and melodic imagination which explore and stretch the track to greater heights.
Hopefully the CD release of In Death implies new material from the Uppsala quintet is on its way, something the EP certainly raises a hunger for. Invidious may not have created a classic with their EP, though each deep fall into its mordancy does make you rethink that a little, but you sense they have that triumph in them and if not plenty more releases like In Death will not be unappreciated.
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