BRAIN TRUST

SWISS HARD­CORE CREW INVOKER ARE SMASHING THE STIGMA AROUND DE­PRES­SION

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Me­tal and hard­core have of­ten been weighed down by bull­shit ma­cho pos­tur­ing and the idea that dis­play­ing emo­tion or open­ing up is for “pussies”. With de­pres­sion and men­tal health such an on­go­ing is­sue that still isn’t get­ting ad­dressed enough, it’s a virtue that so many artists in re­cent years have worked to smash that afore­men­tioned, silly stereo­type – and one such band do­ing so right now are Switzer­land’s Invoker.

“Our lyrics are about emo­tional prob­lems, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion,” ex­plains vo­cal­ist David. “They’re based on our own ex­pe­ri­ences or things that hap­pen to our near sur­round­ings. Mat­ters of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety are se­ri­ous prob­lems that should not be treated lightly and peo­ple should lis­ten to their close ones and try to help as much as pos­si­ble. By writ­ing mu­sic about it, we hope to help peo­ple to lose the fear of talk­ing about it.”

It’s an ad­mirable modus operandi that many within and out­side of our scene could do with adopt­ing. But if you think em­brac­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity and deal­ing with emo­tional and po­ten­tially del­i­cate ma­te­rial blunts Invoker’s mu­si­cal out­put, you’re way off. New al­bum Four Wall Night­mare is a blud­geon­ing mael­strom of metal­lic riffs, hard­core fury and rum­bling break­downs with the oc­ca­sional sniffs of post-rock and ex­treme me­tal, all un­der­pinned with a sense of melody that could see the five-piece as com­fort­ably at home sup­port­ing Ev­ery Time I Die as Kill­switch En­gage. As

David ex­plains, their fer­tile home­land made it easy to gain the in­flu­ence and the tools to make some­thing spe­cial…

“The scene in Switzer­land isn’t very big – you could say that you can count the whole coun­try as one lo­cal scene!” he laughs. “At the time we started to play mu­sic with Invoker, the coun­try was dom­i­nated by met­al­core bands. Swiss Bands like Cataract and Break­down Of San­ity were the rea­son so many young peo­ple started their own band and more and more shows got or­gan­ised. Be­cause of all the new bands around, it all felt fresh, and a lot of great ideas came to life. It was a good time to start a band!”

De­scrib­ing an Invoker show as “emo­tional, sin­cere and full of en­ergy”, David and the guys are un­sur­pris­ingly keen to take their mes­sage of open­ness and pos­i­tiv­ity on the road and around the world as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“We like to show peo­ple what our songs are about and try to put as much ef­fort into it as pos­si­ble,” he adds. “And we like to get in touch with the peo­ple! Noth­ing feels bet­ter on­stage then hav­ing the peo­ple scream along or hav­ing as many stage­dives as pos­si­ble!” You heard the man.

FOUR WALL NIGHT­MARE IS OUT NOW

“PEO­PLE SHOULD BE TALK­ING ABOUT THIS”

Invoker are good for your men­tal health… and your me­tal health

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