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Invisigoth: Narcotica

First Alcoholocaust and now Narcotica. Sense a theme? No wonder the two members of Invisigoth Cage on all instruments and Viggo Domino on all vocals call this their "headphone record." And while hearing it under the influence of something might enhance the listening experience, it's already pretty potent.

More melodic and less gothic than its predecessor, Narcotica presents nine songs that echo Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and the Flower Kings while still retaining their originality. This is tough music to slot into any neat category, making for adventurous and rewarding listening. Five shorter pieces including the groovy rocker "Scars and Dust" and the seductive, thought-provoking "Pornocopia" allow Domino to stretch his voice and Cage to work within more structured musical settings. Those songs are sandwiched between a four-part epic called "Dark Highway." Two parts each begin and end the album, and they each average about 10 minutes, pulsing with Middle-Eastern swirls, symphonic elements and dramatic sonic imagery, The entire piece easily is this duo's most ambitious work, brought down only slightly by some strange spoken-word passages.

Taken as a whole, Narcotica emerges as a moody and textured album. It's at once complex and accessible, dense and sparse at the same time, and wholly intoxicating.


Track Listing:
1) Dark Highway Part 1: Transmission
2) Dark Highway Part 2: Before First Light
3) Shine On
4) Scars and Dust
5) Pornocopia
6) Narcotica
7) A Beautiful Disaster
8) Dark Highway Part 3: New Rome
9) Dark Highway Part 4: Take the Blood

Added: May 15th 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
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Invisigoth: Narcotica
Posted by Scott Borre, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-09-10 07:00:54
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When you create no boundaries you allow true art to be created. Invisigoth seems to create no rules for what styles of music are allowed to enter their creative realm. No doubt, Invisigoth won't be for everybody. But this is one of the best albums I've heard this year. "Scars and Dust" is one of the better songs on the album, and it can be described as a meeting between King's X and Pink Floyd. Invisigoth seems to be all about textures and atmosphere. The music feels like an organism that wraps around, you oozing out various melodies and entrancing you as it slowly strangles you.

The music can be haunting, beautiful, aggressive, sinister and at times just downright strange. Highly enjoyable. Viggo Domino is a fantastic singer that is able to move across styles and the spectrum of notes to do exactly what he wants to do with the music. Cage provides all of the instrumentals and while he avoids technical theatrics, his competence in various instruments and in composition is clear. Go to their myspace, check it out, and if you like any of it buy the record. If you have the time to read this review then certainly you have the time to listen to the free songs available. The rest of the album is as strong as what is currently on their myspace account.



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