CD Title: “Narcotica”
Band Website: www.myspace.com/invisigothmusic
Label: ProgRock Records
Label Website: www.progrockrecords.com
It was with great relish I inserted the new release from Invisigoth entitled Narcotica into the CD player. From the
opening notes I could tell it was not going to be a disappointing listen. The duo known as Invisigoth came together in 2006 consisting
of Cage who deals with all the instrumentation and Viggo Domino who handles the vocals. But the sound here is a long ways from any
kind of one-man-band.
The CD Narcotica, their second release consists of 9-tracks with the focus being the four part epicDark Highway. The music created by Cage is extremely varied, incorporating everything from prog-metal riffs, mainstream rock, symphonic
prog, and even some dance-oriented moments. The arrangements of the compositions allows for some rather interesting musical change-ups
where the compositions go from one extreme to another and yet hang together amazingly well. Narcotica starts off with the first two-parts
of Dark Highway, “Transmission” (9:35) and “Before First Light” (11:59) and here the music is at its most exotic, mixing middle-eastern
influenced rock with huge symphonic arrangements. Not lost in all of this is a certain aggressive touch, but it comes off less as
prog-metal and more as a heavy prog like older Gerard. For me one of the neat things about the way Invisigoth write is their penchant
for going from fast to slow, loud and soft, complex to simple with their arrangements. This is a technique they use to great effect
in songs like “Scars and Dust” (5:25) but it really is heard throughout the disc. For the most part Narcotica is a CD built on a myriad
of well crafted hooks and riffs deftly joined together to make a very satisfying whole. There is something hooky coming around each
corner, every few minutes the composition morphs into another clever segment. The disc ends with the last two parts of Dark Highway;
“New Rome” (11:03) and “Take the Blood” (10:09). What I said about their first release applies here in spades; these are compositions
of great contrast, incorporating more aggressive moments along side elements of majesty, drama and moody atmosphere. In many waysNarcotica is even grander than their first.
This CD has a lot of staying power. Because of the complex arrangements it transcends
becoming boring after repeated listens. My guess is this will appeal to fans of bands such as Carptree and the softer side of Therion
but by and large if you’re into heavy symphonic prog Narcotica is a disc you’ll love. Invisigoth have taken their game to the next
level. I have no hesitation recommending this disc to a wide range of music fans.