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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Heavy Rotation-Super Invader

Welcome back to a feature I call "Heavy Rotation". I started this feature in the summer and kind of forgot about it, but after a few e-mails I got from readers telling me to bring it back that is what I decided to do. If this is your first time reading this article, the feature is pretty much self-explanitory. It is basically going to be a mini-review of an album I have been listening to pretty solidly for the past week. This week that album happens to be the self-titled debut by Super Invader.


SUPER INVADER consists of ex-Bullets for Baby, VUAL and Super Zoediac people. The band formed in Omaha Ne, 2009. In late 2010, Mike Siebels of the Omaha based band, Tendead, recorded the debut SUPER INVADER album in less than four months. The band plays heavy riff driven rock n roll that will crush you.

"The lead track "The Many Ways To Burn"off of Super Invader's debut album begins with what sounds like a spaceship landing and sirens going off in a panic, it then blasts into a slow metallic stoner groove. Vocalist Adam's raspy voice calmly sings "you can run, and you can hide, do you know where the beast lies?". I was expecting more crushing riffs, but a nice little acoustic track called "Shallow" took me by surprise, being the first of four on the album. What follows next are two crunchy, heavy as hell tracks with the tune "Aquarius Bleeding" being my favorite of the two. Next up is the third acoustic track called "Into Madness". I am always a sucker when it comes to acoustic tracks if done right and if placed correctly within an album. It can make the song that ensues sound that much heavier (i.e Planet Caravan/Iron Man) which is what I believe Super Invader is attempting to do. Job well done! The riff on "Dopedick" is sick! The third acoustic track "Hand Rolled Blues" once again leads into an unforgiving riff on "A Long Walk To Nowhere". The album closes with the fourth acoustic track "Howl About America" played along to Peter Finch's  famous lines from the 1976 flick "Network" screaming at the top of his lungs "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Although some may say that there may be too many acoustic tracks for a Stoner metal album, I found them to be rather enjoyable and played out very well leading into some crushingly heavy tracks. Super Invader has taken influences from Black Sabbath to High On Fire and created a very promising debut. This album is in my Heavy Rotation!


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