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Review: Attic - The Invocation
The Invocation

Label: Van Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 16, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Invocation

Rated 4.55/5 (90.95%) (42 Votes)

Germany's Attic have generated some buzz with their debut full-length The Invocation. The band are unashamed Mercyful Fate/King Diamond devotees as you can see by their face paint, satanic lyrics and singer Meister Cagliostro's high-pitched singing. There are even some "evil" sound effects like horses' hooves and minor-key pipe organs to help set the mood. Musically, I find The Invocation sounds more like the modern Heavy Metal of A Tortured Soul, singing included, than it does the NWOBHM/Power Metal of Mercyful Fate or King Diamond. Cagliostro throws in some low growls and demonic laughter, a la KD, but spends 90% of his time singing up in the stratosphere. After a while I found this grating as his voice lacks depth at the higher registers. Most of the songs are forgettable; especially the vocals which sound the same on almost every track. Attic do manage a couple of winners at the end of the album with "The Headless Horseman" and "Satan's Bride." Despite being repetitive, they came up with some catchy choruses and interesting vocal lines to go along with the guitar work, which is good throughout the album. Cagliostro varies his singing more effectively on these tracks, facilitating a smoother flow.

I can see what Attic is shooting for and I wish I found The Invocation more enjoyable, but I don't. Cagliostro's singing wears me out and the songwriting and playing aren't old-school enough. Well played but tiresome.

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