Invisible, The Dead
Label: NIGHTMARE RECORDS
From Down Under, here's a traditionally progressive-leaning power metal band -- early Queensryche being their clearest role model -- that might also appeal to contemporary radio rock or screamo fans. Or Trivium fans, anyway. Their prog parts never get lost in space, their thrash parts never get too terribly bloodthirsty, their backup harmonies seem to have had plenty of Christmas carol practice, and Mark Kennedy's tasteful vocal bombast easily slips into self-reflection: "Everything I see is poisoning my reason," he frets in "Lucid Dreaming." It's all tolerable, too, just never quite bracing.