Swiss crew Invoker are living in the confines of a four wall nightmare on their debut full-length and it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotion and collapsed lung vocals that blurs the already muddled lines between post-hardcore, metalcore and modern melodic hardcore.
While outbursts of aggression are tempered by the perhaps expected outpouring of human emotion – via often highly personal lyrics – this is still an album overflowing with chest-beating moments and it culminates in a damn near perfect amalgamation of metal and hardcore.
It’s heavy as fuck basically but it’ll also make you think….and more importantly, it’ll make you feel something.
You can reel off notable influences such as The Ghost Inside and Poison The Well – while the ironically idyllic closing track “Idyll” recalls Defeater circa Empty Days & Sleepless Nights – but Invoker are their own beast; one that can be tamed given the right circumstances or unleashed to devastating effect. 8/10