ALBUM REVIEW: Invent, Animate – Greyview

Release Date: March 13th 2020
Label: Tragic Hero Records


Returning for third record, ‘Greyview’, Texan quartet Invent, Animate continue to hone their progressive and cinematic blend of metalcore.

With ‘Greyview’ being the first record with new vocalist Marcus Vik, the group push further beyond their own parameters.

Ambient textures battle against roaring and grinding riffs on opener ‘Dark’, showing no signs of slowing down with Vik growling in tandem with Keaton Goldwire‘s bouncing riffs. Injecting clean chorus melodies and moments of gentle reprieve against the lunging riffs, the track re-establishes the new iteration of the quartet.

Building on their own blueprint, ‘Reflection Room’ sees Trey Celaya drive the track’s pace via double kick patterns and intrinsically accented patterns to avoid similarities to previous records. Alongside the nuances employed via Goldwire‘s riffing and Celaya‘s pattern choices, the inclusion of choral elements during the bridge showcases the ambitious scope of the record.

The ambition on display here is yet again highlighted in the aptly titled ‘Shapeshifter’. Cramming in a plethora techniques, the track hurtles through twisting melodies, unrelenting aggression, and an irresistible chorus. Working as a tight unit, Invent, Animate display not only technical prowess but also deliver a song that hints at a new soundscape for the group.

After the soft textures of ‘Heaven, Alone’, urgent and lurching riffs dominate ‘Monarch’, and whilst the first half is rooted in thick slabs of distortion, the push and pulling bridge elevates it. Not content with creating a track that moves away from conventional structure, Celaya‘s fills at the end create additional layers to the already dense composition.

Moving towards a more mainstream sound with ‘Fireside’, clean vocals and swinging choruses show another side to the group. As Goldwire‘s finger-picking and the cinematic textures of the group lend themselves to the song, crunching distortion ensures that it sits comfortably within the track list.

After the tightly wound and juddering ‘Eden’, the sonically fraught ‘Brightwing’ boasts a shimmering melody that defies the throat shredding screams of Vik. As the quartet utilise the back end of the record to stretch out, it becomes clear that Invent, Animate can move in almost any direction that they choose.

With ‘Greyview’, instead of rehashing the same formula, Invent, Animate have developed their sound towards more melodic avenues. Whilst tracks such as ‘Halcyon’ prove that crunching riffs are still present, the dynamically richer numbers such as ‘Nova’ hint at a group ready to move beyond progressive metalcore.