|Review: Bestial Invasion - Monomania|
Label: Nocturnus Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 17, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
Sometimes, the world just decides to take you completely off guard and give you something awesome. In this case, it came while looking online for bands worth talking about and coming across Ukranian 5-piece Bestial Invasion with their third album, Monomania. They seem to have fourth one in the works at the time of writing, so now is as good a time as any to play catch up and talk about how fucking awesome they are.
If the Destruction-inspired name didn't give it away, these boys are all about Technical/Progressive Thrash in the vein of Forbidden, Atheist, Watchtower, and the like. Pulling off a sound like that requires both high-caliber musicianship and excellent songwriting chops, and Bestial Invasion have that in spades.
The songs themselves are highly complex and innovative, often flaunting genre conventions while never overloading the compositions and letting the songs flow between one another effortlessly. They even nail a cover of Atheist's "Retribution" without sounding out of place, which speaks volumes about their capability as songwriters and musicians.
Speaking of, this album is aided by some first-rate performances from the band themselves. Vocalist Vakhtango Zadiev in particular is an incredible find, as his versatile and high-octane delivery brings to mind such greats as Russ Anderson, Sean Peck, and Harry Conklin without being strictly imitative of any of them. The rest of the band are equally impressive, be it the relentless guitar duo of Alexander Klaptsov and Denis Shvarts, the Steve DiGiorgio-worthy bass playing of Sergiy Bondar, or the drumming of Andrey Ischenko that blasts out like a fucking artillery barrage as he puts his experience in over 100 bands to good use (go look it up if you don't believe me).
As far as blind discoveries go, Bestial Invasion are absolutely among the best I've had in a long while, and I'll be eagerly awaiting whatever brilliance they'll bring with their next album. An amazing album from an amazing band.
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