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Invicta

10 Nov. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Nov. 2012
  • Release Date: 10 Nov. 2012
  • Label: Operation Seraphim
  • Copyright: 2012 Operation Seraphim Ltd.
  • Total Length: 52:50
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B009ZVU2L2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,026 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The 21st century Enid have pulled off a clever trick with Invicta. It manages to sound like an Enid album, whilst avoiding self parody.

Significant credit for this must go to new vocalist Joe Payne, who brings a new, distinctive style. Theatrical with a dash of eccentricity, for instance the first epic length song being mostly in falsetto. Villain of Science reminds me a little of the melodrama of something like Jesus Christ Superstar, in the vocal delivery. Just right for the Enid. I think they miss the bizarrely arresting tones of Steven Stewart's unique lead guitar. But Payne's veneer of wackiness redresses the balance nicely.

Guitarist Jason Ducker maybe suffers from some expectation to recreate the Stewart sound, but to me is at his best when bringing his own style. Reflected best I think again on the VOS track - at least on first few listens.

Like most Enid fans here it seems, for me this album is a joy, and in the unpredictable world of the Enid, a blessed relief! Personally I always liked a good dose of vocal tracks on an Enid album, e.g. I rate Earthborn as easily the stand out track on Seed and Sower. Invicta makes me think of it as a kind of fulfillment of the promise for a proper vocal album hinted at by the direction Something Wicked was taking, three decades ago, which never quite came to pass with what came after. 2010's Journey's End was great, I really like Max Read's vocals there. But without wishing to be unkind sounds a bit like a Read suite with a RJG makeover. Invicta has 'band' written all over it.

I suppose the quirkiness of the Enid appeals to my own trait in that dept. Perhaps that is why I am enjoying listening to the Invicta tracks in reverse order! (Try it, don't mock it.
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When I got the CD, I immediately ripped it to FLAC, put it on my portable player, put my headphones on, and lay down, ready to hear what The Enid had to offer this time round.
Upon hearing about Joe entering the fray, I wasn't really excited, but I have to say he is amazing on this album, and my conceptions were false. His operatic vocals really do shine with vast falcetto vocals, especially on the likes of the first track, One & The Many. He has no issues singing in standard vocal ranges either. This track also happens to be my favourite.

I'm now on my second listen through, as it ended in my opinion too soon, which only goes to show how much I enjoyed it.

The entire album has something to it which wasn't on the last 'Journey's End' album. Something a lot more magical, and inspiring. Don't get me wrong, Journey's End had some great tracks, including my personal favourite of it, Terra Nova.

The orchestral nature of the album is to die for too, with the whole orchestra placed almost at your finger tips, with simply breathtaking reverbs and clarity, and as always, fantastic piano playing, producing a truly fantastic sound stage, amist the choirs and Joe's singing.
If you have listened to the album, thinking the orchestra is a real one, you have been fooled!

If I have to produce out of a hat a negative point, it would have to be the fact only one complete instrumental track exists with no vocals, called Heaven's Gate. I enjoy vocals, but with The Enid, I tend to love the instrumental stuff. Robert really knows his stuff when it comes to creating compelling music that shines, creating beautiful melodies, with amazing synth sounds and orchestra intertwined. It's something different, and I love that.
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I listened to the whole album after hearing the snippets, hoping that it would indeed be the masterpiece that was hinted at.

After several listenings I think that the whole album is totally stunning, a complete tour-de-force and so imaginative in its composition, delivery and production.

Masterpiece is a very apt description.

It blew me away with its sheer dynamism, contrast and complexity.

Joe Payne's vocals integrate superbly with the whole concept and create an ethereal atmosphere in sharp counterpoint to the faster heavier passages.

Jason Ducker's guitar work is smoothly delivered, skillfully intricate and sends shivers down the spine in some pieces.

Dave Storey and Nic Willes deliver such energy on rhythms to drive the album along.

Max Read's layered vocals and production are superb, complex and multivalent. To sat that the band record and engineer their music in their own studio is testament to Max's skill as an engineer, achieving astounding a sound quality often only produced by major studios operating on huge budgets

All parts of the album bear Robert John Godfrey's guiding hand and hallmark keyboard talent. His composition and musical ethos permeate the whole, linking this album of the Enid's future to the best of their past.

I can't single out a favourite at this stage, they are all so wonderfully different.

This is a magnificent effort from all concerned. The current line up have all raised the bar and taken the Enid to a level that couldn't even have been dreamed of in past years.

Having followed the Enid since 1975 I can say with some authority that this is absolutely their best offering to date and will give years of listening pleasure.
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