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Billy Boy In Poison - Invoker album review

Sirius-ly frantic future death from Copenhagen fret-botherers

Cover art for Billy Boy In Poison - Invoker album

Bombarded as we are by a never-ending succession of cookie-cutter metalcore bands, Billy Boy In Poison deserve credit for being tricky to pin down. Flying the flag for the routinely under-appreciated Danish scene, this young quintet have skilfully conjured a sound that, while by no means revolutionary, brings together a number of credible elements with often mesmerising results. Death metal is their wellspring from which all this invention pours, but this lot have obviously been paying attention to developments in a post-Gojira world. Sometimes the debt is obvious – Divided State Of Mind borders on a tribute – but when combined with the jaw-wrenching precision of 90s groove metal and shades of Job For A Cowboy’s Sun Eater-era ingenuity, songs like the grimly frantic A Walk On Broken Bones sound like the beginnings of something gloriously new.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.