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Inverted Serenity – As Spectres Wither Album Review- 8.9/10 \m/

Inverted Serenity

As Spectres Wither

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Releases October 6, 2017

Inverted Serenity is:

Benjamin Deveau (Moira) – Drums
Drew Peacock (Parasitism) – Guitars, Vocals
Marc-André Simard – Guitars, Vocals
Tomas Ingham (Madeira, Deterrent) – Bass, Vocals

Tracklist:

1. Dead Dialectics
2. Mitral Genesis
3. We Who Wander
4. Cornerstones
5. Paragon
6. Mechanical Gods
7. Grave
8. Lunar Cradle
9. Mountains of Stoke (Hidden Track)

Inverted Serenity began their journey back in 2009 to create an eclectic blend of all things metal to be molded into a form of heavy music that will appeal to the masses, from the black metal, death metal, and even some hardcore and thrash mixed in. They are like an eight headed beast ready to rip through all barriers and norms to deliver an album that can be played start to finish without hearing the same thing twice.

Inverted Serenity had this to say about the album:

“For us, this album represents a great leap forward both in terms of production quality and song writing. We were more familiar with the process of writing and recording this time around and that experience went a long way in making this album better sonically and musically. With that said, we don’t really have a consistent formula for writing songs nor do we really limit ourselves to a specific genre or style. This translates into a varied album that pulls a little something from our diverse influences. It’s eclectic but cohesive, at least we hope so!”

With that said, lets get listening and break a few tracks down.

Dead Dialectics

This track starts out with a really good solid melodic acoustic guitar and around the :30 mark you get a little bit from another guitar and then the drums join in and it just slowly builds and builds until you reach roughly the one minute mark with vocals at 1:06 in and this song has a bit an extreme metal feel already.  what a cool build up to listen to and it really gets the listener ready for whats to come (or so I thought). The vocals are chaotic and you can hear there’s multiple vocalists at this point sounds to be about three,  all handling their respective ranges and I really dig how right around the 1:50 mark the song starts to build up and then as soon as we reach the two-minute mark things have gone even more chaotic.Right around the 4:30 second mark we get a little bit of a guitar solo and it sounds like the guitar solos are swapping and they’re just building off of each other.  Right around the 4:53 mark I like how the drums follow the particular guitar solo riff. The song is not bad, and clocks in around 6:11 minutes long. The song ends just as melodic as it began,  such an  interesting track to start the album with, but next we got to check out Mitral Genesis.

Mitral genesis

This song starts out with some heavy fuzz on the guitars and some heavy drums sounds almost like its going to be heavy on the extreme metal spontaneity.  When the vocals join in around 20 seconds in, it just sounds as if two of the guys or trading off lines and shortly after they build up a little bit more. However the sound of this song is not like the previous track, it’s got almost a different feel to it, and a different sound but I’m interested to see what this one plays out to be like. Around the 1:10 mark, they play this section where they build up until what sounds almost like a chorus up to the 1:30 mark. This is a really catchy section it’s similar to extreme or blackened melodic metal sounding with a guitar solo that comes out of that right around the 1:40 section. I am  really digging the sound of that guitar during that solo also its captivating to listen to,  it really grabs my attention. Coming out of the(roughly)  2:30 mark they come out of that infectious section and then go into a different sounding section altogether where the vocals are like almost rapping the lyrics yet still maintaining the vocal characteristics for a heavy hitting song. The song is actually pretty good, I like this so far better than the previous track it’s a little catchier, though I do find that these guys are a little bit out of the norm with their sound in delivery. That is what is compelling me to keep on listening.

We who Wander

This is the third track and this one has a slow chugging guitar riff with drums that follow nicely with a double bass roll. They play out a few bars of this rhythm, and then coming in right around the :23 mark they get into the next section with vocals joining in at the :36 mark. Again this song doesn’t sound like the last one, so far in three songs I’ve heard about seven different styles of metal played. It really is quite interesting to see a band that’s really an amalgam of all different styles of metal and even some hardcore characteristics in their music. Blending the extreme sound that they’ve got with what sounds like a hardcore/metal style from the early to mid 90’s. They come out of that with a guitar solo starting around the 1:45 mark that’s actually surprisingly melodic doesn’t even sound like it fits the same song but yet it does fit. In how they placed it and how they play it. This song is pretty badass and right around the 2:20 mark they get a little bit melodic and then they they bring up the speed with some fucking blast beats right around that 2:40 into it where it’s almost like a blackened melodic death metal sort of chorus and it is very catchy. This is going to be one of my most played songs off this album I’ve found myself to be spinning this track the most I just really dig them a lot exception in the middle it’s captivating in chaotic yet soothing.

Cornerstones starts off like a hardcore metal song you got the the floor tom to snare that classic sort of hard core build up beat and then they go into a hardcore grinding sort of rhythm. Again another track that’s nothing like the previous ones. I wanted to break down all the tracks, but I want the listeners to check this album out themselves. If you find yourself to be a fan of any metal genre, you’re going to find a characteristic from Inverted Serenity that you will like. They appeal to so many different listeners with all the different styles that they are fusing within their own music. Cornerstones starts out with that hardcore sound then they get into radio rock similar to like clutch or  something bluesy and then right around the 3:20 mark they throw in these clean vocals that are  not like pop sounding clean vocals at all. They’re not like emo sounding clean vocals either,  these are essentially cleans and they’re also being yelled at points so while they are clean vocals they’re not your typical cleans and as odd as I thought they sounded at first I’ve spun this track a few times and it fits I don’t know how these guys develop their music but they piece so many things together and make them fit and it’s quite impressive the only way I can describe it as they are essentially a band of organized chaos.

Paragon starts out with a slower and heavier feel to it, but i love the accents on the cymbals during that beginning sequence. when the first set of vocals come in they hav a direct approach and maintain a specific range before the second set of vocals join in and set up the next vocal segment. i am loving the vocals on this album so many different styles and sounds. This song is yet another one that still sounds nothing like the previous track, and that really excites me because I  don’t know what the next song will be like either.  Not to mention the absolutely best moment of this song is around the 2: 38 mark where they pull of this Iron Maiden sounding riff with some echo  to it, and then boom guitar solo and then the vocals come in an join in the melodic metal fashion to match with the guitars.  I am not sure what is my favorite track now just because of the similarity to an Iron Maiden song.  That pretty much bumps things in a positive direction for me as a huge Iron Maiden fan. So, bonus points go to Inverted Serenity for bringing that to the album.


This album has been a trip to listen to, I’m not even sure what song I like most because every song is so damn different you know I mean? The last song on this album which is Mountains of Stoke is a completely acoustic track and again absolutely nothing like any of the other tracks this has made this album to be so interesting for me. Or Paragon which has moments of brutal death vocals. yet melodic guitar sections that sink the hooks in you deep.  I take pleasure in listening to things that make me want to think, that make me curious and often perplex me. If the music is simple, and anyone can do it, then it’s not really that talented, and it’s not really that enjoyable to listen to. When you have bands like Inverted Serenity that are pushing the boundaries and basically taking little bits of every metal genre and some other non-metal genres to make their sound unique. It’s quite pleasurable to listen to. I would strongly recommend to anyone who says that they are an extreme metal fan to check out Inverted Serenity because you’re going to have extreme metal, black metal, death metal, technical metal, hardcore, and a few  bunch of other genres strewn about in it. I’ve got to give this album and 8.5/10 \m/ rating because the music is on point, these guys are very talented.  I mean it’s very odd how well these guys play together with all the different sort of styles that they are playing. From multiple vocalists with multiple vocal ranges and styles, different funky things from time signatures to sounds in the middle of songs. All the while having the three guys with the guitars are doing vocals. I’m not even sure if the drummer joins in for any of the vocal duties but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. At any rate, Inverted Serenity are talented, they are unique, and they’re going to play a blend of metal that just about anyone’s going to like. I did find that most of the songs were quite enjoyable considering how different they are from each-other. 8.9/10 \m/

 

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Interviewing Vehemence from Arizona. Pre order their new album! @vehemenceAZ

Back when I was in college I went to a metal festival near where I live. Bands , promoters, labels they were handing out cd samplers left and right. I came across a 25 song sampler CD with a song by a band that would blow my mind. The Band was Vehemence and the song was ” I Must Not Live”. After listening to that song, I immediately bought their album ” God Was Created”, and it forever will be in my top ten best metal albums of all time. After that album they put out another titled “Helping The World To See” which was also a solid album. Then the unexpected happened, they split up. That was devastating news, one of my favorite metal bands breaking up.

Flash forward ten years later and they have gotten back together. They recently announced they are putting out a new album. With incredible news like that I made it a priority to get in touch with them and set up this interview.

Welcome back guys I first heard God was Created in college and it absolutely blew me away. That is one hell of a brutal metal album. And will always be in my top ten best metal albums. Every element about it, Andy on drums , the guitars were sick. I mean just the song writing for the guitars was incredible.  I would say textbook in the sense that wish other bands had taken notes. Mark doing backing vocals while playing bass. And of course Nathan’s sinister brutal vocals.  So, I am just pumped for the band to be back making new music.

  1. Since you guys split, years back it looks like now that you are back together you have a newer member to the group. Does he bring an element to the mix that was not there before?

Bjorn – Definitely! Kyle originally joined the band when we first regrouped, back in 2007. He left in 2009 but came back in 2012. He adds a new dimension for sure with his lead playing. He also wrote a track on the album called “It’s All My Fault”. He brings a more technical lead style to the fold. He is really a great player. Also was a major contributor the the recording process of this album.

  1.     What brought you guys back together in the first place?

Bjorn – Well, basically we are all really good friends. We all live in the same city, and enjoy just hanging out and jammin songs. Why not you know? It was difficult carrying on when Nathan originally quit to focus on family. We tried to continue on, but just weren’t feeling it. For a while, we started focusing our energy on different projects, but eventually we got that itch again to continue.

  1.   God was created always felt like (for lack of better words) a concept album, and it was just amazing. Is the new album going to have that same vibe/feel to it?

Bjorn – The new album is not a concept album, however it definitely has the Vehemence “vibe”, but I feel it just comes across as more refined this time. It has elements of all our albums I believe, with some new things brought to the table as well. It does not sound out of place in our catalog. Most of the material was written between 2007 and 2011, with the exception of 1 song, which was written during the Helping The World To See touring cycle.

  1.   Mark had been doing backing vocals before I mean  you can see that in the video for “ By your bedside”  will Mark still be doing backing vocals?

Bjorn – Mark doesn’t do vocals on this album. His voice has changed over the years, and it was decided that Nathan would handle all the vocal duties on this album.

  1.     I have to say his delivery and sound is just a perfect contrast between Nathans vocals, and his. It really adds another layer to the songs in my opinion.

Bjorn – I agree! But it wasn’t going to sound the same this time around. Age happens, and hitting those high screams aren’t easy!

  1.     You guys were on Metal blade records before, now you guys are on Battleground Records. In the ten years that has passed, do you feel that Battleground has really gotten you guys where you want to be as a band coming back?

Bjorn – Absolutely! We are really happy with what Battleground has shown us so far. They really are like a 6th member of the band. This is such a simpler deal, less middle-man, if that makes sense. And we still own the rights to our music, which was very important to us in signing a new deal.

  1.     What has the general (public/ fans) reaction been regarding the return of Vehemence?

Bjorn – So far, so good! We will see what they think of the new material! But overall, its amazing that we even still have fans after this much time off hah!

  1.     Will we see Vehemence do any touring in the near future?

Bjorn – Hard to say. Lengthy touring, no. We all have families and jobs to keep. I’d like to think we can do a short run of dates, and some one-off shows for festivals and things like that. Time will tell!

  1. What’s the metal scene like out in Arizona, are you guys getting some good shows in?

Bjorn – Metal scene is great out here! Lots of great bands, and super talented musicians. Bands like Lago, Through The Earth, Sorrower all of which are playing our album release show. Its been a couple years since we have last played a show. We took time off from shows so we could focus on this record. It was hard to focus on getting this album finished when we were always playing shows and concentrating on practicing a set list. But we’re excited to get back out there, and finally have a new product to share!

  1. Will you be playing any of the new material  at shows leading up to the release, or are you saving that until the album drops?

Bjorn – Nope, our next show is the album release on Oct 24th!

  1. What are the  musical influences you guys have ( does not need to be just metal)?

Bjorn – Hmm. Well that can go from Black Sabbath, to Propagandhi, to Carcass, to Sunny Day Real Estate hah. We all love a variety of different music. Not strictly just death metal 24/7 ha.

  1. What are you listening to these days?

Bjorn – Honestly, its been a while since I’ve been totally captivated by a record. It bums me out! I need some goddamn new music! The next 2 albums I’m getting though are the new Cattle Decapitation and the new Faith No More.

  1. How did it feel to be back in the studio again as a band?

Bjorn – It was really good to be productive again. This time we approached the recording process in a completely different way. Home recording has come a long way since the last album we put out. We did the drums in a real recording studio, but everything else we did in our homes. We took our time getting it done, and spent countless hours tweaking it. Its one of the great things about home recording, however having all this unlimited time makes it hard to finally stop fucking with it and call it a day ha.

  1. In the past it seemed like Bjorn did the majority of the writing and Nathan Did the lyrics. Has the formula changed or is it still that winning combination of Bjorn’s musical talents, and Nathans brutal vocals and grizzly vocabulary?

Bjorn – For the most part, that formula hasn’t changed. There is a song on the album called, “It’s All My Fault” that Kyle wrote, but his influences are heard throughout the album. There is also a song written by our old guitarist Jake, who was in the band from 2010 – 2012 called “In The Shadows We Dwell”

  1. Going from huge label like Metalblade to a more independent label like Battleground records. DO you feel like with the small roster, that Battlegrounds is a more involved with you guys?

Bjorn – Bigtime. Metalblade obviously is a huge name, and has great distribution. But at this point in our lives, the expectations a label like that would have would not fit with our needs, or theirs. Battleground has been such a pleasure to work with, and David and Ryan (the guys who run the label) are so up front, and honest. Its very refreshing. They want the best for you. Its not about money. They have passion behind their bands. And another thing going into this, we wanted to own the rights to our music. That was very important to us. We don’t have goals of being a huge band. We just want to get this record out to the people that appreciate what we do. And we are so grateful that Battleground believes in us and this album.

  1. It looks like you guys are putting out a video later on this month, are we going to see other videos for this album in the future?

Bjorn – Not sure. Its not impossible. I’d like to do another one, but we will see!

  1. The new album is a long awaited album, would you compare it to God was Created, or Helping the world to see? Or both?

Bjorn – Definitely both. It seems like the natural progression, having elements of both albums along with something new. Some parts and some melodies will definitely stand out and sound like GWC era, or HTWTS era for sure.

  1. With the time that has passed since Helping The World To See was released. Would you say the music for the new album is a more mature in how it will sound?

Bjorn – Yes it is definitely a more mature effort. We scrutinized the fuck out of these songs ha. This is really the best that we could do. Of our entire catalog, this is the album I am most proud of. It is us firing on all cylinders, delivering the best performance and the best songs that we possibly could.

  1.   something I like to ask all the bands I interview, especially with new music coming out. In five words ( if all members contribute I will take the top 5 used) describe the new album?

Bjorn – passionate, dark, diverse, evolved, melodic.

  1. And lastly is there anything you want to tell the fans, about the band, the album the future of Vehemence?

Bjorn – I just hope its well received by people that enjoy our previous efforts! We put a lot of hard work into getting this done. And it’s still hard to believe that we actually did it, because we talked about it forever hah. Hope you dig it! Out October 24th on Battleground Records!

It was great to talk to the Bjorn, I personally will be getting on that pre ordering asap. I can’t wait to hear the new album. It will be brutal.

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