York based metalcore outfit InVisions have only been around since last year, but they’ve created a big name for themselves in a short space of time. The band have gone full in and released their debut album ‘Never Nothing’ independently, however, perhaps it might’ve been better to take their time on this one.
Opener ‘Torment’ starts with a haunting instrumental and electronic introduction. At first the album gains an interest and sounds rather unique, kind of like a Cradle Of Filth vibe, but that’s one of the only interesting and different points of the album. As soon as the track kicks off, it’s heavy, brutal, loud, and completely generic. To pan the common phrase, “there’s nothing new to see here”. It’s a decent opener, but it doesn’t really grab your attention.
On the other hand, ‘Turn Up’ sounds like it could’ve been a b-side off of Bring Me The Horizon‘s ‘Suicide Season’. It’s just a fun, party filled anthem. Unfortunately, after the first two tracks, it’s just more of the same all the way through. Programmed synthesisers, heavy guitars and breakdowns, and the standard screamed verses/sung choruses combo. The whole record follows a formula that has been done one too many times.
The only point on the record where the band try something different from the tried and tested metalcore blueprint is ‘Serenity’; a 1 minute and 23 second instrumental track that has an emotive jangly guitar creating an atmospheric ambience. It’s a lovely track and a great break of pace from the rest of the record, but if the standout is a 1 minute and 23-second-long instrumental track, then it shows how much this record is lacking.
Unfortunately, the basis of this album is a stereotypical metalcore-by-numbers record. There’s nothing here to make you turn your head; it’s a run of the mill, and bog standard. There are a few stand out moments – the guitar riffs and the haunting instrumentals mostly – and if they find a way to expand that, they could be on to a winner. Having said that, there’s just enough about this album to warrant anticipation for another release.
InVisions are inevitably going to amass a very loyal and dedicated fan base off the back of ‘Never Nothing’, both in the UK and overseas, however, it remains to be seen whether they have the ability to warrant that kind of attention.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)