Invoke (NC)
No Law Beyond


3.5
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Review

by Kenneth Timper USER (15 Reviews)
September 5th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deathcore by any other name.

It has been interesting to watch the landscape of metal and hardcore change over the years. Not too long ago, the marriage of the two had been renounced by purists on either side of the fence. The fusion of death metal and hardcore got particularly poor reception, but not without good reason. Deathcore often lacked the technical virtuosity of death metal and the grit and vigor of hardcore. However, like most fleeting trends, enough time has passed for people to reflect on deathcore with a particular fondness. Once nostalgia settles in, it becomes a treat to hear these influences reemerge among newcomers. New York’s upstarts Sanction succinctly summed up this renewed attitude toward metalcore and its offshoots in an interview with Aggressive Tendencies: “mosh parts are the only thing that matter.”

It’s a simple statement that effectively describes the objective of bands like North Carolina’s self-described “heavy hardcore” hitters Invoke. No Law Beyond is a blistering EP with no shortage of mammoth sized breakdowns and dizzying death metal riffage. Brutal gutturals are punctuated by gang vocals and palm-muted chromatic sorcery on cuts like “Common Grave” and “Dominant Life Form.” The title track dazzles listeners with soaring leads before mutating into a slugfest that would make slam kings like Ingested green with envy. On their latest outing, Invoke successfully merges confident metallic bravado with brazen lizard-brain throwdowns. No Law Beyond isn’t a spectacular reimagining that pushes deathcore into new territory, but it functions as a fun detour for those yearning for simpler times.



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ktjammin
September 4th 2018


289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shouts out to suppatime for recommending this EP on the Jesus Piece thread.



Big thanks to accompliceofmydeath for proofreading this.

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accompliceofmydeath
September 4th 2018


4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another great review for a great album. Thanks for adding it to the database so I didn’t have to.

Digging: Full of Hell - Weeping Choir

ktjammin
September 4th 2018


289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We're doing the Lord's work.

MotokoKusanagi
September 5th 2018


1802 Comments


nice review, this is a pretty fun release. will d/l when i get home

suppatime
September 7th 2018


1421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yooooo nice review, this is a bop!!!

ktjammin
September 7th 2018


289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks playa. These guys are local to me, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of them before.

Casavir
September 7th 2018


3452 Comments


"Deathcore often lacked the technical virtuosity of death metal and the grit and vigor of hardcore. However, like most fleeting trends, enough time has passed for people to reflect on deathcore with a particular fondness."

lol don't know about that.

Good review though. I'll probably check it out soon.

ktjammin
September 7th 2018


289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. Idk, it is weird for me to hear all these new bands sounding like deathcore from the early 2000s, but maybe I’m a bit off on that. This EP is super fun though.

suppatime
September 11th 2018


1421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i think i just found this guys in the related artists to chamber from nashville. or bandcamp, i forget which. these guys are fun as fuck though, i hope they do a little east coast tour soon cuz i'm not far away in virginia.



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