Bestial Invasion
Trilogy: Prisoners of Miserable Hate


3.7
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
April 16th, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tech thrash from Ukraine that reeks class.

Through the entirety of tech media outlets, digital or hard copy (whichever of them persists in that format, anyway), journalists and corporate moguls can be found, vividly advocating for the world wide web’s increasing efficiency in terms of human interaction and all sorts of data exchange. And while the multifaceted progress in that tenet is undisputed, bits of information deemed important for fundamentally different groups of people, still slip through the cracks or become denigrated in the smorgasbord of pipelined information. From the solution of previously undecipherable problems by efficient, yet perpetually ignored scientists, to the recreationally mundane task of disseminating the merit of promising music releases, there are more than a couple tales to be told on the matter. For example, less than a handful of strictly underground metal blogs, rightfully pinpointed the positive pledge made by Bestial Invasion’s debut album Act of Retribution. What also went unnoticed was the collaboration of these Ukrainian tech thrash prospects with acclaimed peers like Kenn Nardi (Anacrusis) and Alan Tecchio (Watchtower). Not more than a year after their debut, Bestial Invasion released an EP which intensified their effort in setting a much sharper tech thrash shop.

Act of Retribution album, while adamantly painting the portrait of a band whose instrumental prowess stands well above average, was a bit of a mess, in terms of song writing. On par with the tendency of new bands cramming all their available ideas into their first album, these Ukrainians included every musical aberration they could conjure, which resulted in an entertaining, yet perceivably incoherent listen. In contrast, Trilogy… sees Bestial Invasion tiding up their sound and their arrangements, the latter for the most part; EP closer, a tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien (and the LOTR soundtracks) which picks the baton from “Numenor” in Act…, rekindles the band’s knack for convoluted affairs, albeit in a more structured undertaking. Therein, seasoned tech thrash fans will sense the band’s respect for Mekong Delta’s legacy regarding the matrimony of progressive/thrash metal, and classical music. That’s not to say though, that Bestial Invasion are exclusively affiliated to the sub-genre’s European school. Rather, additional know-how is ported from the other bank of the Atlantic (namely Watchtower), with the hybrid sound fleshing the EP highlight “Zodiac: Crime World Mystery”. The said duality is evident in Vakhtang Zadiev’s vocals, an alloy of Bruce Dickinson, John Cyriis, Alan Tecchio and Leszek Szpigiel (the voice of Mekong Delta in Lurking Fear).

For years now, the realm of tech thrash feels like a desert with a restrained number of oases quenching the thirst of the relatively few fans still roaming its wilderness. In that picture, this Ukrainian outfit is a welcome addition, given that prospective listeners will go past the band’s name (which may equally hint to a slamming/brutal/technical death metal outfit), and that progression in future releases, will take place in a timely fashion.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

EP stream:

http://shellfire-attack.bandcamp.com/album/trilogy-prisoners-of-miserable-fate

http://open.spotify.com/album/0YUDEjk5l8a4FgVuBfrPIL









As always, constructive criticism is most welcome.

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brainmelter
April 16th 2017


4570 Comments


nice

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zaruyache
April 16th 2017


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I took the name as more war metal, tbh. And now I'm disappointed it's thrash :-(

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Yeah, their name giving the wrong impression about the music, should be anticipated.



In any case, it's the music that counts, and the band is worth checking out, to say the least.

kingdedethefifth
April 16th 2017


4250 Comments


I don't know why but that whole intro paragraph seemed somewhat unnecessary but it was really interesting so it's fine. Band certainly sounds decent though.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 16th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

^^Intro paragraph serves the purpose of arguing about how a talented yet obscure Ukrainian band, signed in an equally obscure Ukrainian label, wound largely unchecked.

kingdedethefifth
April 16th 2017


4250 Comments


Yeah I got the point of but I guess I just prefer when a review dives right into the music, you know? Although to be fair if every review copycatted each other it'd get pretty lame eventually.

CompostCompote
April 16th 2017


808 Comments


Bestial Invasion is having a mouse in the house?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

^^Among other things, Bestial Invasion could be the raid of a giant piece of Greek mouzaka, as this 1999 cult Greek sci-fi film will tell you.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287320/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl





So jam the EP first, see the movie later on.

parksungjoon
April 18th 2017


5382 Comments


"I took the name as more war metal, tbh."

aren't they named after the track from destruction's 1985 godtier album infernal overkill?

parksungjoon
April 18th 2017


5382 Comments


gonna check this, thx voivod!

tempest--
April 18th 2017


20576 Comments


i fucking love your knowledge of all things random and obscure Voivod. will be checking this out, and wondering if you've heard the new Trial album?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

^^To be honest, most of the obscure stuff I recommend (sic), comes from trial-and-error which is the case for these Ukrainians.



I didn't know them, but I saw them being briefly described as tech thrash and as I'm particularly fond of the genre, I went through the details.



As for the new Trial (SWE) album, first few listens deemed it not as good as Vessel, but I need to listen to it more for a more "objective" assessment.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2017


10877 Comments



Great review man, will check this for sure, you've sold me.

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kingdedethefifth
April 18th 2017


4250 Comments


The artworks pretty bloody cool that's a given

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2017


1809 Comments


I have a moral obligation to check out anything that has Mekong Delta in the recommended section

StrikeOfTheBeast
April 24th 2017


1311 Comments


do they sing about vodka and communism and stuff

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2017


10877 Comments


Да

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2017


7605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

In regard to lyric content, the song titles are pretty explanatory.



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