The Invalid
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 18 March, 2011
Playing time: 46:00

When someone more than a year ago whispered in my ear that the next big thing could be a female fronted metal band from California called Clandestine I was off course immediately curios and had to check their site out, and those clips I heard made me even more curious. I was really looking forward to hear how they would do on an entire album, and now the day has come...

And this album is thru-and-thru solid, but it's is far from being the bomb I'd hoped for. They are not in any way able to live up to the hype that has preceded them, but they do deliver an interesting building block for the future. In an overcrowded music business you need more than a good vocalist and some talented and very skillful musicians to succeed. Even though the musicianship is high and the production is good, they do fall a bit short in the song-writing department - the album doesn't leave a lasting impression and the songs are not memorable.
The mixture of progressive rock, metal, pop and electronica does sound interesting (on paper), but if you don't set yourselves apart from the masses chances are that your product will only live a very short life. But it is not all negative; vocalist June Park has a great voice, thankfully not operatic in any way, the Salvatore Dali inspired artwork looks amazing and they have the talent to make it...

01. Fearless (04:48)
02. Disappear in You (04:30)
03. Silent Sin (04:38)
04. Philistine (03:52)
05. Pretend (04:27)
06. Fracture (03:48)
07. Dead to the World (04:02)
08. Phantom Pain (05:01)
09. Invalid (05:35)
10. Comatose (04:55)
Label: Nightmare Records
Promotion: Connecting Music
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 7 March, 2011