Invicta / Press

“Nashville, TN progressive outfit Invicta was poised for success with debut EP, "Split By The Sun" but have since upped the ante even more with "A Portrait of Home." Like wild dogs keen to the scent of a kill, the band charges out on the first song with a quick rhythmic attack, unleashing the power of the almighty riff. [...]The breakdown in the song is absurdly well-placed and compelling, with chopped guitar and vocal lines over syncopated drumming with fast footwork. "Driven Into the Ground" follows and vocalist Schii's voice overtakes the track like a sinister wind. The band's first use of blast beats works to make the track hit harder, echoing the mental freak-out of the lyrics.[...]The band has elevated itself to a new level of concise and elegant writing aside from sinking their teeth into the heavy bits even deeper. With few pretenses, the band has managed to put out a visceral second EP worthy of everyone's attention. Rating: 4 out of 5 Skulls”

“By taking the Latin-based band name of Invicta, meaning "unvanquished," the band has already introduced an over-arching theme to the music.[...]The riffing and drumming involved, especially in "Edge of the Shore" is anything but simple, speaking to the members' technical abilities. Schii utilizes false chord death growls to great effect, and even maintains clarity through admirable pronunciation. With the extremely punchy mix being handled by Tony Gammalo (Chimaira), his growls have been used in accent positions throughout the songs, much like the style of Impending Doom. There are noticeable song structures at work behind him, although the song can change tempo and time signature at a moment's notice, sometimes culminating in a fulfilling breakdown.”

“(This Press piece is an extended front-page interview with Metal Underground. Read the whole thing!) Along with the music video for “The Peripheral Sound,” the band also announced the addition of two new instrumentalists to the band in an exclusive interview with MetalUnderground.com’s Frank Serafine. The band’s first album, “Split by the Sun,” was recorded in Cleveland by acclaimed producer Tony Gammalo (Chimaira, Drowning Pool, Misery Signals) and the band has since undergone several lineup changes with regards to their drummers, bassists, and second guitarists. Now solidified, the band looks to break through to a larger audience with an even more progressive sophomore release, detailed by vocalist and co-writer Mike Schii.”

“Melodies and harmonies reminiscent of Alice in Chains, Opeth, and Alter Bridge fuse with guitar riffs in the styles of Mudvayne and Between the Buried and Me to make up Invicta’s sound. Further, breakdowns in the vein of August Burns Red mesh with softer passages similar to Incubus and Switchfoot, making for a real ride of a listen.”

“Invicta is a very different band which brings both power, and intelligence that is lacking in many bands in the progressive genre. Hailing from Nashville, TN the band which came together in a dorm room, blasts out a much more melodic fair than most of the bands we cover. They do however mix this style with raw energy which will crack open your skull. This mixture highlights the extreme of each side and comes together brilliantly.”

“At a Crossroad - if the band reads this: You probably already know what I’m going to say about that song. Without the intention of sounding like a fanboy or something: This song is a masterpiece. This is the reason why I said that you can’t describe Invicta with just one prefix like “Progressive”. The song starts with a Jazz- or Funk-like guitar riff and when the verse kicks in, you can hear some truly great bass slapping. For a few seconds, it seems like Invicta are a Funk band with no metal background. But then, a heavy-as-fuck riff hits you like a wrecking ball, showing you that the band is capable of playing both Funk/Jazz AND brutal Metal authentically. At a Crossroad is best described with the adjectives heavy, groovy, sophisticated, diversified and catchy. This sounds like I’m talking about some really long progressive song, but it’s not. Invicta managed to arrange such an eclectic song without stretching it to a length of 20 minutes. That’s some serious talent if ”

“The Peripheral Sound is a masterpiece, hands down. And by masterpiece, I don’t mean compared to other unknown bands; I mean compared to bands like Mnemic, Meshuggah or even Opeth. All these bands have mastered the art of creating unique soundscapes and Invicta did the same thing with this song. The harmonics in the chorus, the choir part in the middle of the song, the whole arrangement of the song, the guitar solo and everything else in this song is just … I don’t know. All I can say is that this song is part of my ‘All time favorites’ playlist. Let’s summarize: 'A Portrait of Home' is one beast of an album. Well, actually it's just an EP, but that EP has more substance to it than many full-length albums nowadays. It has deep lyrics, intelligent concepts, a dark and still beautiful vibe and is too complex to understand it after listening to it once. Pick it up and you'll have countless hours of musical joy! Rating: 9.5 out of 10”