Album review: Invasion - 'The Master Alchemist'
A thrilling ride through the cybermetal hinterlands of London’s hottest trioMore on Invasion
It’s exciting then, to stumble upon London’s [a]Invasion[/a]; three people of whose like rock’n’roll has never seen before. Encompassing a soul singer who dresses up like TV monk Cadfael starring in [i]Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[/i], a guitarist almost seven-feet tall who plays his guitar like non-EU-endorsed butchers kill cattle and a female drummer who, when she’s not playing topless, sets fire to her cymbals with lighter fluid, their brew of skunk-scented, metal-slanted rock lurches between the disparate worlds of dance, thrash, stoner, doom, rave and prog. Their album, while failing to live up to the challenge of capturing the energy of their live show (you can’t help thinking someone in marketing has missed the trick of including a Bic lighter within the gatefold) is credit to their esoteric brilliance.
Opener [b]‘Follow The Smoke’[/b] may be a mere minute long, but it wails like someone throwing a cat into a volcano, while [b]‘Moongazer’[/b] is an apt showcase for the girder-like lungs of singer Chan, who fills the spaces guitarist Marek doesn’t pack with guitar sludge with a voice that soars above and beyond. But it’s closer [b]‘Chaos And The Ancient Night’[/b], a loose-fit instrumental piece built with idea upon idea, and sounding like a sci-fi take on [a]Black Sabbath[/a] at their most primeval, which lingers longest in the mind. Who knows what Alan Freed would have made of them, but we might hypothesise he’d say something like, “GAH WAH GONK DIZZ WOW”.
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