Label: TSM/SLW 2011
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Groovy bass-lines, vivid guitar riffing, and crashing drums, the main ingredients of Lucid Recess. They're from Guwahati, Assam, India, however, don't expect to find any homeland references on their latest album as we're talkin' about a modern power-trio influenced by the likes of Coheed & Cambria, System Of A Down, and slightly alternative acts such as the old Radiohead. "Engraved Invitation" is in fact a blend of alternative routes and classic metal tunes where the compositions range from heavy and fast to slow ballads and sort of memorable hooks. Nope, this isn't catchy as cold, the musicianship is however top notch and the line-up consisting of Siddharth Barooa (vocals/bass), Amitabh Barooa (guitars) and Partha Boro (drums) are all very professional lads (well, at least in the studio). Very dark and depressive at times, but that's where the Radiohead influences kick in, I guess? Final verdict: So-so! I need stronger hooks to feel the need to hand out a better rating next time.