RingMaster Review Interviews – Invoker

Who started the band, where and when?

Raphael Meyer, Drums – When Andy Meier’s and Peter Lukas old band split up in 2012, their desire for a new music project grew, and that’s when David Lukas, Peter’s brother, who played in different bands before, got involved. Shortly after, they asked me if I wanted to join them. Although I wasn’t playing the drums for long, it just took a quick audition and I was in.  We’re all from the same village in the back country of Lucerne, Switzerland. Our rehearsal room was in a barn, and I’m quite glad that these times are over as we moved to a nicer place, haha!

Shortly after we started rehearsing our first songs and we began looking for a bass player. That’s when Patrick Goncalves, a good friend who we knew from the Swiss hardcore scene, joined the band and completed the line-up.

Who plays in the band now and what are they playing?

RM-Nothing has changed, we still play in the original setup, David is the singer, Andy and Peter are the guitar players, Gonzi plays the bass and I am still the drummer. It’s great to be able to play in a band with my best mates.

Who has inspired you?

RM-I guess a big part of the inspiration to keep on doing music is the hardcore scene here in Switzerland which is like a big family, it makes you love being part of it and keep doing what you are doing.

Musically we are influenced widely; really various genres have always been big parts of our lives, starting at Post Rock up to Black Metal and Melodic Hardcore of course. I personally would call bands like Counterparts, Brutality Will Prevail, Broken Teeth, Windir and Wolves In The Throne Room my biggest influences.

Why this name? And tell us the meaning of it.

RM-Andy our guitarist works in IT and the word “invoke“ was showing up in his codes frequently. The meaning, relating to music and a band, “to invoke sth“ worked quite well for us, so we decided to go with that name.

Have you released an album? If so, when and what’s the name of it?

RM-Actually just last year, we dropped our debut album called ’Four Wall Nightmare’, and we are more than happy with all the positive feedback we received. It deals with the topic of depression and anxiety, which means a lot to all of us.

The album is not our first record though. We released an EP ‘Loose Lips Sinks Ships’ in 2013.

Have you played with some famous bands?

RM-Luckily we were able to play some shows with great bands, such as Counterparts, Being as an Ocean, Landscapes, Napoleon, and Break Even amongst others. Those shows have brought us some very inspiring and enjoyable moments.

What’s the plan for the future?

RM-I’m very excited about our new EP ‘Cursed to feel’, which will be released this year. A short time ago we released the first song of the EP which is called ‘End me’, and the next single will follow soon. We are looking forward to the upcoming live shows and our tour next year. There are many exciting things ahead of us.

Check Invoker out further @  https://www.facebook.com/weareinvoker   https://www.instagram.com/weareinvoker/   https://weareinvoker.bandcamp.com

Questions by Elliot Leaver

Invoker – Cursed To Feel EP

As thick in emotional intensity as sonic ferocity, Cursed To Feel is the new EP from Swiss hardcore outfit Invoker. It is the successor to the band’s acclaimed debut album of 2017, Four Wall Nightmare, and a tempest taking the uncompromising intensity of the band’s previous offering as well as its sweeping post rock turbulence and soaking it in a whole new squall of heart and imagination. The result is a physical and emotive trespass which is unpredictable, impassioned, and mercilessly compelling.

Since emerging in 2012, the Lucerne quintet has increasingly made their mark and built a potent reputation with their release and hardcore/post hardcore fusion. As Cursed To Feel proves there is plenty other hues to a proposition which they honed and have evolved since their first release, the Loose Lips, Sink Ships EP of 2013. Similarly their hungry and rousingly intensive live presence has grown and flourished, Invoker sharing stages with the likes of Landscapes, Being As An Ocean, Counterparts, Napoleon, and Break Even amongst so many along the way. Through each release Invoker has pushed their songwriting and sound, it all leading to their new triumph.

Cursed To Feel stirs into life with a single guitar lure, a melodic string which barely has time to breathe before the storm inside Black and Blue violently erupts. The throat raw fury of David Lukas sears ears and air as a maelstrom of sonic animosity ignites around him, guitars nagging but equally inciting the senses as rhythms pounce with little restraint. It is a potent mix yet the track really blossoms as small but strong ebbs in the maelstrom intrude, that attention grabbing enterprise subsequently sparking further imagination bred twists and creative insertions drawing diversity in sound and voice.

The excellent start is surpassed by the emotion charnel house of Cursed though in no time the song aligns melodic elegance and infectious grooves to devouring angst bursting hostility. As all tracks, it swings through moments of unsettled calm and ferociously harsh expulsions of heart and noise to intrude and beguile before The Novel unveils its own collusion of raw and harmonic dexterity drenched in pain and corroded but certain hope.

With Cease To Exist a brief but ravenous and invasively captivating onslaught and End Me providing the EP’s darkest and for us its most poignant not forgetting emotionally relatable and quarrelsome moment, Cursed To Feel continues to expose scars and understanding within a pleasure  inspiring tempest.

Invoker already has a fervour driven fan base but it is simple to expect Cursed To Feel to spark its bold growth and thrust the band towards major recognition.

Cursed To Feel is out now via Grim Reality Records and available @ https://weareinvoker.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/weareinvoker/

Pete RingMaster 20/10/2018

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Lucky Thir13n – March Of The Young

With a fresh attitude and equally vibrant sound Lucky Thir13n step out from their homeland of Greece to release their debut album March Of The Young. The quartet from Thessaloniki have already won over their Greek fans with their classic/melodic hard rock sound earning impressive reviews for their EP Far From Home, unplugged radio show appearances, and their live shows and festival appearances. Now with March Of The Young the young band look to impress further afield and with deeper effect.

The music is firmly for fans of traditional and modern hard rock though there are moments that invite fans from other genres to take a listen. The album is bursting with strong melodies and harmonies and favoured catchy and engaging guitar hooks over thrusting and incessant riffs, though again there are parts where the band also employs a little force into their attack. The band consisting of Elias Elias (lead vocals, rhythm guitars), Nash (lead guitars), Alex “Tze” (bass), and Tsaky Dee (drums) sound confident in their ability and songwriting skills with the album giving no evidence to dispute that and though it is not without flaws many are down to personal taste on the type of the music they play rather than any actual ingredients within it.

For the hard rock fans tracks like the opener ‘Alibi’ with an intriguing orchestral like intro and strong guitars throughout, the inviting catchiness and firmness of ‘Feels Like Coming Home’, and the melodic hooks of ‘Get In My Way’ make a satisfying start to the album. Using classic sounds and hard rock flavours mixed with a modern feel they make a strong invitation to discover more.  

Admittedly if you are not really into the hard rock sound the songs might not trigger much more than an appreciative nod but ‘Rivers Run Dry’ is the first track to show a variation from other areas and another aspect to the band. Featuring the guest vocals of Invoker (Dimlight) the track hits immediately with a death metal like vocal and force before merging into a firmer and direct hard rock sound. For those with a penchant for harsher noises it is a very agreeable track and gives an extra intrigue to the band than maybe the previous songs.

That also applies to the other two standout tracks on the album in ‘Forever Free (March Of The Young)’ and ‘Yeah, I Want It’. Loaded with a pop punk/punk  essence and urgency, the songs are two striking slices of good lively rock ‘n’ roll and again suggest the band are stronger when bringing varied influences into their core sound.

There is the almost obligatory anthemic track in ‘R’n’R’ and features Vivian (Realiez) and DJ Space (S.M.A).  Often these easy songs are obvious, lazy and formulaic but Lucky Thir13n infuses theirs with a youthful fun that is hard not to take a shine to it.

Mastered by Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) the album is clean with a production that lets the music and members reveal ability and passion. The one element that did not work as well as expected was the vocals of Elias. In the pacey parts and the group harmonies he flows very well and is strong but there is an inconsistency to his voice that shows in the slower and parts more focused on his delivery. It is not enough to drive one away from the release but there is room for improvement for sure.

March Of The Young is a good album that hard rock fans will certainly find lots to enjoy and get from, for those not so enamoured with the genre there are a few tracks to make it worth an investigation but not really anything to fully convert them to the bands rock sound. The album also shows and suggests great promise for the future sounds of Lucky Thir13n and for the bands rise in popularity.

RingMaster 01/10/2011

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