|Review: Invasion - Orchestrated Kill Maneuver|
|Orchestrated Kill Maneuver|
Label: Rotting Corpse Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: August 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Orchestrated Kill Maneuver
Eight fucking years it took for Invasion to release a follow up to the excellent Berserk Artillery Barrage. I recently gave that one a couple of spins and it still sounds as good as it did when I got it more than seven years ago. Orchestrated Kill Maneuver follows in the same thematic vein – war! War speeches and sound samplings are around every corner, and that's about as quiet as the album gets.
This is more Death Metal-oriented than its predecessor, both musically and vocally – so much so that I was tempted to throw this right into the Death Metal category. The vocals have turned into throaty growls, occasionally more guttural, while the music is definitely busier and faster – not much relief for the ears on this puppy, folks! The Thrash elements are still there, but more discreet. Invasion's URL says "Saturation Bombing" and I think that's pretty much the best two-word description for their music.
With that said, this is not as cool as Berserk Artillery Barrage was. Not only did it come before Death/Thrash got a little saturated, but it still stands out in the genre today. Orchestrated Kill Maneuver is a good album that has its killer moments, but overall it lacks variety and doesn't sound all that different from what's out there. But it's still a worthy addition to a death-thrashing maniac's collection.
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