INVOCATOR
Thrash Metal • Denmark

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Formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hansen, guitarist Jakob Schultz, bassist Jesper M. Jensen, and drummer Per Möller Jensen, Denmark's Invocator released a series of thrash metal albums infused with slight progressive touches during the first half of the '90s. 1991's Excursion Demise debut and its 1993 follow-up, Weave the Apocalypse, were both released by Sweden's Black Mark label, after which the group jumped to Nuclear Blast for 1994's Early Years (a collection of old demos) and 1995's third album proper, Dying to Live (featuring new bassist Carsten Mikkelsen). But fame and fortune proved far too elusive in the end, and the band wound up breaking up a short time later. Drummer Jensen eventually hooked up with The Haunted, but the rest of the bandmembers remained silent until 2001, when frontman Hansen and bassist Mikkelsen reconvened Invocator with the help of guitarist Flemming Lund and drummer Jakob Gundel. Signed by read more...
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.. Album Cover 3.98 | 6 ratings
Excursion Demise
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 4.44 | 4 ratings
Weave the Apocalypse
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Dying to Live
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Through the Flesh to the Soul
Thrash Metal 2003

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Live 87
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Genetic Confusion
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Alterations
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Promotape '92
Thrash Metal 1992
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Demo 2002
Thrash Metal 2002

INVOCATOR boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Early Years
Thrash Metal 1994

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INVOCATOR Excursion Demise

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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"Excursion Demise" is the debut full-length studio album by Danish thrash metal act Invocator. The album was released in June 1991 by Black Mark Productions. Invocator had been around since 1986, releasing a couple of demos ( among them the "Alterations (1989)" demo, which sold nearly 2000 copies) before entering the Montezuma Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in early 1991 to record "Excursion Demise". The album was generally well received and Invocator toured quite a lot in support of the album. Most notably they secured the job as opening act for Dark Angel on the latter act´s 1992 European tour.

The music style on "Excursion Demise" is extremely aggressive and very, VERY fast-paced/ played thrash metal. The musicians are very skilled and pull off breakneck speed riffing, screaming Slayer style soloing, technical drumming ( just try and count the number of times drummer Per Jensen hits the snare drum on an off beat count during almost any of the ferociously fast played sections on the album) and some caustic rabid dog high pitched snarling to perfection. Invocator are often labelled a death/ thrash act because of the style they play on "Excursion Demise" ( as opposed to the more technical and mid-paced thrash metal variation they would play on the next couple of albums), but while there are a few excursions into death metal territory, they are very few and "Excursion Demise" is generally just a fiercely aggressive thrash metal album. The high end production ( the bass isn´t very audible) provides a caustic edge to the tracks that´s greatly enjoyable. I could mention any track from this album and it would be a highlight, but if I have to chose a few that are slightly more memorable than the rest it would probably be the title track, "Forsaken Ones" and "The Persistence From Memorial Chasm".

"Excursion Demise" is one of the most furiously fast-paced and fiercely aggressive thrash metal album out there. Throughout the 44:28 minutes long playing time Invocator rarely lifts the foot from the pedal. Invocator are relentlessly energetic in their delivery and you´ll have to look long for a breather on "Excursion Demise". Oh well the short acoustic "(...To A Twisted Recess Of Mind)" probably counts as a breather, but other than that, this is quite an exhausting album. That´s meant in a very positive way though. There are references to other brutal/ technical thrash metal acts like Dark Angel, Gammacide, Demolition Hammer, Devastation and Sindrome on the album, but Invocator have a unique style and they don´t really sound like anyone but themselves. With just a little bit more variation "Excursion Demise" could have been what I would have called a masterpiece thrash metal album, but even with some minor flaws this is still a killer album that deserves as much attention as possible from fans of the more aggressive fast-paced part of the thrash metal genre. A 4 - 4.5 star rating is deserved.

INVOCATOR Dying to Live

Album · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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Dying to Live is the 3rd full-length studio album by Danish thrash metal act Invocator. The album was released in 1995 by Progress Records. The lineup that recorded Weave the Apocalypse (1993) is nearly intact. Bassist Per Jakobsen has been replaced by Carsten Mikkelsen though. So once again we´re treated to the technical and adventurous drumming by Per M. Jensen ( The Haunted), the intricate bass playing by Carsten Mikkelsen ( who enters the lineup with style) and the impressive technical guitar riffing by Jacob Hansen and Perle Hansen. The latter plays some excellent solos on this album. Shredding at times yet melodic and memorable. Just the way I like it.

The music on the album is technical thrash metal. Since Weave the Apocalypse the band have incorporated a lot more groove into their sound but the music is still unmistakably the sound of Invocator. Jacob Hansen´s "love him or hate him" vocals are still an aquired taste and if I have to point out a minor weakness on the album I would mention the vocals. When they are best I think they work really well, but at times they are a bit monotone IMO and lack a bit of power. As mentioned that´s a minor flaw though and other than that Dying to Live is a nearly perfect technical thrash metal album. The above mentioned excellent musicianship is a great asset, but the songwriting is also on a high level. The songs are mostly mid-paced and the incorporated groove means that most songs are more accessible than most of the band´s earlier material. Dying to Live very much feels like the natural successor to Weave the Apocalypse.

The production is sharp and powerful. It´s the kind of sound that brings out the best in the music.

Dying to Live is a great technical thrash metal album by Invocator and definitely one of the best thrash metal releases to come out of Denmark in the nineties. Invocator never really got the attention they deserved IMO and sadly this incarnation of the band split-up in the years after the release of Dying to Live. A 4 star rating is fully deserved.

INVOCATOR Alterations

Demo · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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Alterations is the 2nd studio demo tape by Danish thrash metal act Invocator. The demo was released in 1989 and is a self-released affair. While the original tape version of the demo is probably very hard to track down, Alterations was made available on the Early Years (1994) compilation where the band´s first demo tape Genetic Confusion (1988) was also featured.

The 4 tracks on Alterations are technically challenging death/ thrash. We´re talking high quality and fiercely aggressive thrash metal here. Tempo changes, breaks, breakneck speed soloing and a caustic vocal delivery. Both Occurrence Concealed and The Persistence From Memorial Chasm appear in re-recorded versions on the debut album Excursion Demise (1991) and the Alterations track appear in a re-recorded version as a bonus track. The only track from Alterations that doesn´t appear on Excursion Demise is Pursuit Of A Rising Necessity.

The sound quality is excellent considereing that this is a demo tape from 1989. Very impressive.

Alterations is a step up for the band and an obvious positive development of the band´s sound since the Genetic Confusion demo. A 3.5 ( almost a 4 star) rating is warranted.

INVOCATOR Genetic Confusion

Demo · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Genetic Confusion is the first studio demo tape by Danish thrash metal act Invocator. The demo was released in 1988 and is a self-released affair. While the original tape version of the demo is probably very hard to track down, Genetic Confusion was made available on the Early Years (1994) compilation where the band´s 2nd demo tape Alterations (1989) was also featured.

The 4 tracks on Genetic Confusion is fast-paced thrash metal in the vein of 1986 - 1989 era Kreator albeit more technically challenging. Lead vocalist/ guitarist Jacob Hansen has a voice that´s somewhat similar to Miland "Mille" Petrozza from Kreator, which of course doesn´t make the comparison less obvious. The tracks are generally fast-paced and fiercely aggressive.

The production is very good for a demo release from 1988. Raw and intense but all details are audible.

Genetic Confusion is a very impressive demo release by Invocator and while the band would develop their style further on subsequent releases Genetic Confusion is definitely worth a listen. A 3 star rating is warranted.

INVOCATOR Early Years

Boxset / Compilation · 1994 · Thrash Metal
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Early Years is a compilation album by Danish thrash metal act Invocator. The album was released in 1994 by Progress Records. Early Years features all tracks from the band´s two demos Genetic Confusion (1988) and Alterations (1989) plus the Artillery cover The Eternal War and the Dark Angel cover The promise of Agony.

The music style on both demos is fiercely aggressive and pre-dominently fast-paced death/ thrash. Lead vocalist/ guitarist Jacob Hansen has a voice that´s somewhat similar to Miland "Mille" Petrozza from Kreator just to make a comparison that most people can relate to. His delivery is caustic to say the least. The songs from the Genetic Confusion demo can also be compared to how Kreator sounded around 1986 - 1989 allthough Invocator´s style is a bit more technically challenging.

Dark Angel was always the number one influence on the early Invocator releases and that influence is quite obvious on the tracks from the Alterations demo. Breakneck speed, fast screaming solos, tempo changes in spades and songs that certainly don´t follow regular vers/ chorus patterns. On the tracks from Alterations, Invocator gave a taste of how their debut album would sound. Both Occurrence Concealed and The Persistence From Memorial Chasm appear in re-recorded versions on the debut album Excursion Demise (1991) and the Alterations track appear in a re-recorded version as a bonus track. The only track from Alterations that doesn´t appear on Excursion Demise is Pursuit Of A Rising Necessity.

The production is really great sounding considering that these are demo tracks. Powerful and raw. Actually the sound quality is better than many studio albums I´ve listened to.

The two cover tracks were recorded in 1994 and have a much more professional production compared to the older demo tracks. I´m not terribly familiar with the original versions of the songs, but Invocator do exactly what you should do when playing covers. They make the songs their own. I find the Dark Angel to be pretty interesting allthough it´s a bit monotone but that´s also how I remember the original, while the Artillery cover is a bit more simple but also a bit more memorable.

Early Years is a very good compilation album by Invocator, and the quality of the material as well as the sound quality are surprisingly high considering that most of the material were recorded in the late eighties. A 3.5 star rating is warranted. Early Invocator is a must for fans of aggressive death/ thrash.

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