EPK – Invicta Heights – Convalescence (2022)
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“This EP came to be a concept record based upon the inner struggles we all have and yet, we hear very little about. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to shine a light on mental health and to remind the world that we can overcome anything with the right mindset.
Starting with Bad Habit written and recorded back in the fall of 2020. We’ve been holding onto these songs for a while now. We knew we had something special, sending the record around to producers and labels, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback. That just blows us away, we are so humble for the support we’ve had throughout the recording and release process.” – Invicta Heights
For fans of Dead & Divine, Beartooth, Everytime I Die, Norma Jean, The Holly Springs Disaster
EP stream and download available on all digital platforms – https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/invictaheights/convalescence
Release Date: April 20, 2022
Distribution: Self-ReleaseTrack Listing:
1. Bad Habit (3:12)
2. Creature (2:46)
3. Anxious (4:02)
4. Crooked Table (3:28)
EP Length: 13:28EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Jacob McGregor, Troy Klassen, Ben Gould, Jordan Magnuson, Odessa O’Meara
• All songs written by: Jacob McGregor, Troy Klassen, Ben Gould, Odessa O’Meara, Jordan Magnuson
• Produced by: Jacob McGregor, Troy Klassen
• Mixed by Nathaniel Bohnet
• Mastered by: Nathaniel Bohnet
• EP Artwork by: Jacob McGregor & Tom ChorneyEP Band Line Up:
Jacob McGregor – Vocals
Troy Klassen – Guitar/ Vocals
Ben Gould – Guitar
Jordan Magnuson – Drums
Odessa O’Meara – Bass
Live Band Line Up:
Jacob McGregor – Vocals
Troy Klassen – Guitar/ Vocals
Jordan Magnuson – Drums
Canada’s Invicta Heights is a curious blend of southern metal and metalcore, scratching itches you didn’t even know you had. They are releasing their debut EP “Convalescence” this month and at the same time, lyric videos for each of the four tracks “Bad Habit”, “Creature”, “Anxious” and “Crooked Table”. The record is a whirlwind of emotions, with lyrics focusing on mental health, personal struggles, and addiction. These intense topics are complemented with equally tense music, from the fast-paced “Anxious” to the heavy, southern riffs on “Creature”. The band details the particulars of their introductory EP:
“We wanted this EP to reflect the lowlights of our life as well as our ability to rise above all of them. During the development of “Convalescence” we really found out what haunted us most and we hope our lyrics resonate with our listeners. There’s nothing else we would ever want more than to travel the world while spreading our messages that we know people can relate to. This is our opportunity to connect with people and show them that the struggles they go through in their lives are the exact same as everybody else’s and never alone.”
Invicta Heights boasts impressive storytelling abilities and honed musical talent, and listeners will have their melodic atmosphere, hard-hitting one-liners, and dashes of southern riffage on repeat. “Convalescence” contains both stressful riffs and angsty lyrics, conspiring with one another giving the listener no choice but to bob their head and have an enjoyable experience.
The band rose from the ashes of a smoldering dumpster fire of a previous band, wiping the slate clean was the only option in order to create something beautiful. Now with vocalist Jacob McGregor and guitarist/vocalist Troy Klassen manning the helm, they are able to culminate a dream that they are turning into a reality.
Loud, wild, and downright underrated, Invicta Heights brings aggressive riffs, and relatable lyrics to ears and is strongly recommended for fans of Beartooth, Everytime I Die, and Norma Jean.
Convalescence is due on April 20, 2022.
2022 – Convalesence EP
Shared Stage with:
Youngbloods, Syryn, Dusty Tucker, Citizen Rage, Tyrants OF Chaos, Suit Jacket Society
Tour and Festivals:
2019 – Green & Yellow RibFest – Lethbridge, AB
The EP as a whole (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY):
This EP came to be a concept record based upon the inner struggles we all have and yet, we hear very little about. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to shine a light on mental health and to remind the world that we can overcome anything with the right mindset.
Lyrically Convalescence allowed us to open up and see what makes us tick, the true reflection on what is really holding us back from being who we really want to be. Accompanied by overpowered guitar riffs pushed by loud drums and aggressive vocals.
Track by Track (LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY):
1. Bad Habit
(Lyrically) – Bad Habit describes how everyone has their own demons inside them, coming to terms with all of our mistakes and taking the steps to truly forgive yourself.
(Musically) – Bad Habit musically takes you through an emotional rollercoaster filled with anger, sadness, and regret. Coming to the end of the story it decides to run you through a meat grinder again Love you ❤
(Lyrically) – Creature tells a story of a womanizer out looking for his next target, while she’s running up his tab, he suddenly realizes that she’s perfection and she actually has him under her spell.
(Musically) – Filled with southern riffs and fast-paced riffage, the creature doesn’t let you catch your breath.
(Lyrically) – Anxious is a confession of how much anxiety can destroy a person.
(Musically)- Musically, Anxious holds you in a very fast-paced tense rise until the very end.
4. Crooked Table
(Lyrically) – Crooked table explains the depth of how low a person can feel due to gambling addiction. The lengths you’re willing to go to maintain that high, regardless of the lows that follow. And to leave it all on red.
(Musically) – Starving you from anything but angry riffs and deadly vocals, Crooked Table will go down as a true tribute to southern metal.
BAND STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS:
1. Origins: Invicta heights rose from the ashes of a smoldering dumpster fire that was Divide and Conquer. A band of classless misfits with no direction was the inevitable downfall and eventual demise of D&C. It was an easy decision to walk away from the monstrosity it was due to excessive drug use and lack of communication and commitment. Wiping the slate clean was the only option in order to create something beautiful. Now with Jacob McGregor and Troy Klassen manning the helm we are able to culminate a dream that we both know can become a reality.
2. Oblivious: As a new band we wanted to put out our feelers for the music we created and start playing some shows. It was quite a surprise when we realized a viral video channel posted a clip of us playing at a festival. They titled it, a death metal band – but little kids dance to music. To add insult to injury the video basically looks like the vocalist is harassing a crowd of children and screaming profanities, while the adults of the crowd sat and watched in disbelief.
3. Temporary departure: Invicta Heights was finally at the precipice of a full roster and honing a sound that made their listeners want more. At the pinnacle of it, all Jacob unexpectedly chose to take a backseat to the responsibility and dedication to the vision that Troy and he agreed they would achieve. Distracted by women, his heart was misplaced, and lost sight of what mattered. Troy had no choice but to release Jacob. After attempting to replace Jacob, Troy quickly realized there was no one that was even close to capable of filling his shoes. After a couple of months of thinking long and hard, Troy came to the conclusion that he wasn’t ready to hang in the towel. Troy decided to try to ask Jacob one more time if he was at all interested in giving it one more shot. After Jacob had relinquished his chance to create music with one of the greatest people he’s met in his life he was Ecstatic to be asked to be a part of Invicta Heights again.
The Redemption: When being asked to play a backyard show you never know what to expect. You start to ask yourself questions like: Is it worth it? Will any people show? or the biggest question is, will the cops get called? As the opening band begins to play their set everything is going great. People are enjoying the music and having a great time. Just as the first band finishes up their last song, suddenly there are 2 police officers. They explain to us that we need to shut the show down due to noise complaints. This put us at an impasse. Two bands had still not played, us included. After we thought all hope was lost at finishing the show, some biker dude piped up and said “I’ve got a farm just outside of town. You guys could finish the show In my barn”. After hearing that our spirits lit up again and we were on the road, convoying to this random dude’s farm. The location ended up being better than we imagined and made for a special show. It’s not every day you play a show inside of a barn.