Kin Beneath Chorus – Invia

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: Straight From The Heart Records
Distributor/Label URL: http://straightfromtheheart.gr/
Released: 2017
Buy Album: https://kinbeneathchorus.bandcamp.com/album/invia
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/kinbeneathchorus

Band line-up:

Thanos M – Vocals,
Anestis Sydiropoulos – Guitar,
George Papas – Guitar,
Alex Psaras – Bass,
Nash Makridis – Drums.

Tracklistings:

1. Intro
2. The March
3. Higher than Man
4. Session XII
5. Invia
6. White Light
7. Those Days
8. Mariner’s Compass
9. Atticus
10. Farewell

Review:

There’s never been a better time for music – debate. There’s a wide variety of music out there (to put it lightly), so the opportunity for splicing of genres together is at an all time high. Additionally, the focus on eras can also factor in – old school, new school, middle school, high school, etc. So how do KIN BENEATH CHORUS approach their sophomore?

These Greeks certainly have brought a modern edge to their brand of death metal on “Invia”. It’s a simple blend of death metal aggression with metalcore melodicism that forms the core of the KIN BENEATH CHORUS’ sound. Inherently, that doesn’t lend itself to too much in terms of innovation but there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. “The March” operates as the curtain raiser and sets the stall out promptly: beastly, double bass-laden drumming sits beneath chunky riff-and-go guitars, all revolving around Thanos’ growls, screeches and croons.

The rest of the album circles around these three cornerstones. “White Light” bristles with menace and the sort of dual guitar harmonies that would make old school IN FLAMES fans happy, whilst “Atticus” carries an achingly despairing finale that begs to be heard – it’s focused and lean, with no fat to be found. The chorus of “Higher Than Man” sees Thanos attempting to ape the likes of Mike Patton with his slightly wild cleans, but it carefully avoids becoming gimmicky or too try-hard – it’s still all within the band’s confines.

However, those confines do somewhat negate the effort. There is a certain degree of “heard it before” on display on “Invia”, with the riffs borrowing heavily from the melo-death and metalcore realms. Whilst they’ll certainly start something in a pit, it doesn’t offer much hook or much uniqueness.

Nevertheless, KIN BENEATH CHORUS will keep fans of modern metal more than happy with “Invia”. The razor-sharp focus on songwriting ensures the album sticks to being crushingly heavy and equally melodic, whilst the dependable production gives it the beef needed (whilst avoiding becoming sonically exhausting). It lacks a little adventure, but the danger there would be in sacrificing songwriting for experimentation. As it happens, “Invia” is a strong entry for the band.

Review by Lee Carter
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