Reviewed: May 2016
Released: 2015, n/a
Hailing from my hometown of Philadelphia, Prosper or Perish has been around for 10 years now, playing local gigs and festivals. Their brand of metal is hard to classify, there are deathcore elements with the vocals and drums, but the guitars are thrashy and groovy with frequent melodic solos. INVOKE THE TEMPEST is their second full length offering. Let’s explore this diverse album.
The instrumental “To the Sky” kicks things off, sounding kind of Sabbathy in a NEVER SAY DIE kind of way, not straight on doom, more spacey. Then the rug is pulled out from under us with “Jobson”, an assault of blasting drums and brutal vocals that is fucking insane! However, this is not just a slab of brutality. Some intricate melodic guitar solos are woven in later and the musicianship is impressive. “Jobson” sets the tone for the whole album. Highlights include “Trust Fall” which has some great riffing midway through that is reminiscent of Metallica / Megadeth, “Squatchpocalypse” (love the Predator intro!) with its Pantera like delivery of riffs and vocals, and “Uproot and Return”, which has some great guitar work that echoes later and recent Carcass. In addition, many of the songs feature guest vocals and I always dig that, particularly if the vocals are significantly different. Mike Germano of Burial Mound appears on “Trust Fall”, Jorel Hart of Cognitive lends his gutturals to “Squatchpocalypse”, and Mike McCaughan of Slavedog adds to the chaos on “Jobson”.
INVOKE THE TEMPEST is a cool album that blends a lot of different styles. Prosper or Perish most closely resembles bands like Between the Buried and Me and The Faceless. Recommended for metalheads that like variety with their brutality.
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