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Apr
13

Music Review: Devoid – The Invasion (2013)

devoid-invasionBeing hailed as the most promising thrash metal band out of Mumbai’s pitiable underground music scene which didn’t (and still doesn’t) have any other thrash band obviously didn’t encourage Devoid to push the subgenre further. After A God’s Lie – a debut that made a mark perhaps only because it was and still remains the only thrash metal album to come out of Mumbai, Devoid has released an EP titled The Invasion, and going by the promos I was half expecting to find Darth Vader in the artwork.

The 5-track EP is, going by the guitar tone and the production, a step into the thrashcore bog.

The clean notes of the opener don’t make for an intro grandiose enough, but the listener is in the mood for a massive thrash attack, only to be scratched by the sterile guitar tone. The excitement can be had from the programmed drums (well, they don’t sound real), but they’re way louder than the thin guitar tone, and all over the place. The vocals, aggressive throughout, move back and forth irregularly between being nasty thrash screaming and the ‘core’ style. The songs would have had some staying power had they been stretched a little, and that would have made the band sound more in control without the music losing its conciseness.

The riffing is effective but produces no memorable results, and Devoid could very well have been the thrash/death monster is was originally meant to be, but such is the lure of a wider fanbase and college-event-headlining gigs that come with being a metalcore/deathcore band in these times.

If you’re looking for doses of thrash metal from India this year, turn to Mortar and Chaos.

RATING: 2.5/5

[This review was originally published on Old Disgruntled Bastard.]

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21 Responses to “Music Review: Devoid – The Invasion (2013)”


  1. April 2, 2013 at 14:29

    Chuck Schuldiner started core vocals, I guess. That’s what I think the reviewer would agree with.

    The reviewer doesn’t sound like he knows what he’s talking about and/or wants to just piss Devoid off. It’s a pitiable feeble attempt. Also, I hate it when reviews completely ignore art and concepts like they’ve never even heard of them. A little research always helps. The concept of the album is a little farfetched according to me and could’ve made for better fodder to poke fun at. I just reviewed your review (reviewception, bhenchod) and I give it a 3/10.

    The album seems to be moving in a tech death direction IMO. Very Decapitated influenced. Favourite tracks are The Grand Design and Pandemonium is now. The EP doesn’t really disappoint in any way other than the fact that it is not a full-length record. Oh yeah, dumb concept Devoid. Only Voivod can do such weird concepts in Thrash.

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    • 2 Troydon
      April 2, 2013 at 15:13

      You better get your facts straight, son. Unless you want your ass ripped to shreds, don’t ever even fucking think of writing Chuck Schuldiner and Core in the same sentence. It’s pretty evident who knows how much so don’t question Mehta’s knowledge of Metal. The only “concept” this EP shows is how trends can change an epic Metal band into a bunch of wimps writing songs like they’re 16 year old emo Core fans.
      As far as research is concerned, pause the tranny porn for a few minutes and listen to “A God’s Lie”. Then, watch the live videos of the band pre-Ganju Aguiar era. Get appalled by the raw and intense Thrash assault. Don’t think of writing here till you know what you’re talking about, pussy.

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      • 3 aa
        April 2, 2013 at 16:44

        I have to agree, A God’s Lie was something, and I was surprised for very long why they didn’t get enough recognition for that. That cd was like 200-300 bucks, and was totally worth it, this EP was 150 (waste), and I thought it was a step in the wrong direction. Fuck tinny AxeFx tones and programmed drums.

        Also, you know the metal is turd when NH7 takes pains to promote it. True story.

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      • 4 anon
        April 9, 2013 at 15:03

        “The Invasion” definitely isn’t as bad as the reviewer says it is. One can hear the change (progress, IMO) in the bands music with this EP, and quite obviously, YOU don’t like it. The songs are engaging, groovy and there are some pretty brutal sections in there; but of course, you can’t see beyond the line-up/style change. Do yourself a favour, and just stop being THAT guy for once. Sit the fuck back and enjoy the banter, asshole.

        And if you don’t like the music, stop slagging off people who do.

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    • 5 Major Chuck Fan
      April 3, 2013 at 04:33

      Someone needs to kill this ass hole. I wish I could whoop your ass right now for even bringing chuck schuldiner up in this review.

      As for deviod’s new EP goes,the only bummer was the drums and 150 bucks was totally worth the buy.

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  2. 6 dolan
    April 2, 2013 at 14:34

    Accualy is dolan

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  3. 8 Vinay
    April 10, 2013 at 12:45

    You are not only a bad reveiewer with fuckall opinions, a narcissistic asshole, but probably an extremely inconsiderate human being.

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  4. 10 Kedar Kamath
    April 10, 2013 at 13:26

    It seems like an uphill task for almost any band to please aditya mehta and for them to get a good review. This blog should be renamed to ” mehtabahutbrutalkehta “

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  5. April 10, 2013 at 14:10

    You better get your facts straight, son. Unless you want your ass ripped to shreds, don’t ever even fucking think of writing Chuck Schuldiner and Core in the same sentence. It’s pretty evident who knows how much so don’t question Mehta’s knowledge of Metal. The only “concept” this EP shows is how trends can change an epic Metal band into a bunch of wimps writing songs like they’re 16 year old emo Core fans.
    As far as research is concerned, pause the tranny porn for a few minutes and listen to “A God’s Lie”. Then, watch the live videos of the band pre-Ganju Aguiar era. Get appalled by the raw and intense Thrash assault. Don’t think of writing here till you know what you’re talking about, pussy.

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  6. 14 roydon
    April 10, 2013 at 14:14

    Truestory 😀 ! 10/10 for the review

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  7. 16 Metalloid
    April 21, 2013 at 11:09

    Devoid is totally bullcrap. Kudos to the reviewer for such an honest review. Mortar & Armament from Kolkata are examples of what true 80s thrash metal stands for. Devoid my ass

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