As Spectres Wither
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
1. Dead Dialectics
2. Mitral Genesis
3. We Who Wander
6. Mechanical Gods
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.
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.
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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