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Invisigoth: Alcoholocaust

Forget the NWOBHM band name, CD title and cover art: Invisigoth's Alcoholocaust is not New Wave of British Heavy Metal. In fact, it's the antithesis of that. And it's actually quite terrifying, in a laid-back, arty sort of way. Think Porcupine Tree or Blackfield providing the soundtrack to slow torture. Yet, this is an engaging and imminently listenable spin.

Consisting entirely of two members Cage on all instruments and Viggo Domino on all vocals Invisigoth sets out to make a primal musical statement with foundations in esoteric philosophy, hedonism and psychedelics. Domino takes his voice in so many multiple and moody directions that he often sounds like more than one vocalist, and Cage deserves a drink for his ability to make music epic, dense and sparse (and then somehow piece it all together effectively). The duo throws in a Led Zeppelin cover at the end, for some reason.

Ultimately, this is one for goths, proggers and rockers that will leave them with a sense of uncomfortable satisfaction.

Track Listing:
1) Strip Search
2) Ancient
3) Talitha Cumi
4) Serpentine
5) Poison Drip
6) The Everlasting
7) My Absinthe Lover
8) Soft Asylum
9) No Quarter

Added: May 16th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: ProgRock Records
Hits: 4097
Language: english

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Invisigoth: Alcoholocaust
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-16 16:45:31
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This is a rather odd one to pin down. Alcoholocaust is at times intense darkwave along the lines of Braindance, occasionally dipping into the maniacal aspects of Devin Townsend, as well as quick visits into soaring, melodic progressive metal ala classic Queensryche, many times within the framework of one single song. It's these characterists that make Invisigoth's debut an intriguing listen. Performed almost entirely by a guy named Cage and sung by Viggo Domino, this is pretty dense yet appealing stuff that will often times have you scratching your head trying to figure it all out. The symphonic, proggy stuff really works the best, especially tunes like "Ancient" (with its catchy hooks, Geoff Tate inspired vocals, and tasty electric & acoustic guitar work), and the Rush-meets-Strapping Young Lad mayhem of "Poison Drip", featuring some intense drum work and loads of intricate guitar & keyboard interplay. Singer Domino is a real find, as he throws all sorts of styles at you, injecting plenty of drama into these tunes, and really helping out the ones that tend to meander a bit. That seems to be the only problem here, that many of the songs tend to follow a similar path, rarely popping out of the moody abyss that they seem trapped in. An interesting yet questionable cover of the Led Zeppelin classic "No Quarter" closes the album with more melancholy, not that it really needed any more. Overall this is solid stuff, but let's see if these two can take their obvious vocal and instrumental chops and spice up their songwriting a bit to include some varying tempos and moods next time around.

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