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Invicta / Bio


Invicta began rather loudly in a college dorm room with guitarist/songwriter DJ Adkins and singer Mike Schii both combining musical talents and influences to create a sound clearly distinctive from the stagnating confines of the metal genre as a whole. Complex melodies and multi-faceted harmonies reminiscent of Alice in Chains and the Deftones combined with intricate guitar riffs in the vein of Between the Buried and Me, adding crushing breakdowns influenced by metalcore staples like August Burns Red to round things out. The final effect is a style of metal that can be many things to many listeners; brutal for the heavy fans, melodic and beautiful for critics of metal, intelligent and multi-layered for the sophisticates, and meaningful and uplifting for those awaiting a message.

God’s hand was at work in and with Invicta, and soon after completion of the group’s first set of songs they added Theo Carnavos on bass, Michael Thompson on guitar, and Bryant Lowry on drums. Shows were played, faces were melted, and music was made.

Over the next couple years though, members came and went, with DJ and Schii remaining firmly at the core as always. Two music videos and two EPs stemmed from the extended touring hiatus, Split by the Sun and A Portrait of Home. Now Paxton Williams’ technical mastery of the bass and Ian Nagy’s crushing drum skills have joined to finally round out the group, and the metal community is taking notice. Invicta believes in the power and purity of hope amidst adversity, and through tackling difficult subjects like suicide and child abuse within their music, ultimately strives to impart a message of assurance.

Our influences are diverse, spanning genres ranging from funk and jazz to classical, to prog and metalcore. They include: Mudvayne, Between the Buried and Me, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, August Burns Red, Sky Eats Airplane, It Dies Today, Godsmack, Alice in Chains, Disturbed, Slipknot, Deftones, Incubus, Meshuggah, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, P.O.D., Tool, Pantera, Underoath, King Crimson, As I Lay Dying, The Arcane Order, Born of Osiris, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Metallica, Linkin Park, Threat Signal, Woe Is Me, The Word Alive, Switchfoot, Kamelot, Symphony X, Necrophagist, Amon Amarth, Abiotic, Corelia, and many others.

We aim to be the bridge for the average listener, between unfathomably complex technical prog and boring commercial metal; music that the musician can appreciate for its intelligence and intricacy, but, simultaneously, music that the average listener can find compelling, engaging, and interesting.

General Info

Band Members
Mike Schii - Vocals, D-J - Guitar/Backup Vocals, Ian - Drums, Paxton - Bass
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Metal / Progressive

Contact Info

Nashville, TN

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