Sunday, April 30, 2017

Single Review: BESTIAL INVASION Repudiating The Power (single 2017)

Shellfire Attack
Repudiating The Power is one of two singles released by the Ukraine’s Bestial Invasion for 2017. The other single is Camera Obscura. I haven’t listened to that single yet, but this song is an improvement for the band in every way. The technical prowess and sophistication of this single has developed bit by bit in three years, and it sounds recorded by musicians who have worked together for much longer. It serves as further testimony that a band can start from a rigidly defined genre (that was cutting edge to begin with), embellish on the resources they had in the beginning, discover new means to express them and finally surpass expectations and evolve, all the while being constant in observing their roots. Listen to the guitar transitions in the first thirty seconds of this song and you should see what I mean here. Following this with energetic riffs and solos that mingle thrash, classical and prog-metal with Testament’s dexterity and Kreator’s velocity, Repudiating The Power advances into ultramodern stomping grounds, magnifying the band’s boundaries. The lead vocals, comparable to Bruce Dickinson and John Cyriis of Agent Steel, are as top notch as the lead harmonies they exchange places with. Traveling further into this territory you’ll hear shades of Fates Warning and Manowar. The chorus separating the verses and time changes pushes the intensity along without becoming too repetitive. There is a section mid-song that depicts a fierce battle complete with sword clashes and explosions, and adds an unexpected theatrical edge. A lead harmony with experimental time signatures comes after this, then we hear a brief section with new note progressions that weren’t heard previously before returning to the chorus and a final harmony section. These arrangements show the thought and inventiveness involved in composing this song. Some tightening of the musicianship is in order but the ideas are spot on when it comes to showing how much the band has progressed in a short amount of time. -Dave Wolff

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