Following the success of their single ‘Shade Astray‘ which was released earlier this year, Texan collective Invent Animate has been riding out a successful 2022, which has included multiple United States and European tours. The UNFD signed bunch aren’t done just yet though; they are due to close out the year by performing at a bunch of Christmas-themed shows alongside the likes of Lorna Shore, Shadow of Intent, August Burns Red and ERRA, just to name a few.
Luckily for fans based outside of the United States that can’t make it to those shows, this four-piece is leaving one last gift under the tree for us; this time, Christmas has come early! The gift is a new track is titled ‘Elysium’, and it is wild!
The new track ebbs and flows between chugging verses and a melodic chorus. Vocalist Marcus Vik switches between harsh uncleans and soaring cleans with relative ease while guitarist Keaton Goldwire flourishes in the spotlight with his groove orientated riffs.
“When my grandfather got sick, I was a 15-year-old boy with no emotional grip on my world,” offers vocalist Marcus Vik, pulling back the curtain on the song’s inspiration and sharing how it helped him exorcise a personal demon he was dealing with. “We were close, but his sickness was something I didn’t see. It might’ve been because I didn’t want to see it or that I was too scared. When he passed, I didn’t comprehend the mourning, I didn’t feel it, and that made me feel shame. It took me 12 years to wake up one day and embrace it, and it hit me like a wave of odd emotions that I’ve never felt before. Grief is upon me and this is the story of me looking back, searching my inner self and looking forward.”
This next era of Invent Animate is already shaping up to be an exciting period of the group’s existence.
Words by Adam Rice @_spicyyricey_
Stream ‘Elysium‘ here
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