By Matt Telgen
The long awaited Bestial Invocation from Calgary metal act Vile Insignia is finally here, and given the extensive wait, we’re happy to report it was worth the wait. After years of writing and a little over a year in the studio recording, working, and mastering, this album is everything you could want in a blackened death metal shell. The powerful, gritty tone of this record stands out like no band’s recent offering has. The discordant guitar tone sets a mood that is both brutal and melodic at the same time, carrying the album towards some of the heaviest realms of death metal and the darkest caves of black metal. The drumming is perfectly locked in towards these movements between the two genres, with fast double bass rolls and blast beats throughout the majority of the album. The vocals are probably my favorite piece of the music to note. Vocalist Cody Emms utilizes only two styles: the low, guttural death growl and the nasal scream indicative of most black metal, and both are pristine. This style is similar to some early 2000s-era Enslaved, and fits the music like your favorite shirt. That said, we have but one, and only one, qualm about the album, and that is on the track “The Infernal Siege.” The song opens with a drum intro that sounds uncharacteristically sloppy for the band’s tight nature. The song itself is sweet as all hell, but whether it is intentional to keep a dirty, organic feel or not, the opening just doesn’t sit quite right with this guy. Regardless of this small nitpick, this album absolutely slays. Kudos Vile Insignia.