We all did dumb stuff when we were 14. We overate on candy without remembering how much we puked last time, we lost teeth to concrete trying to nail the stupidest stunts, and we tried and failed horribly at being cool enough for that one girl that kick-started our hormone production the summer before. One of the (un)cool things we did was listen to what passed as edgy at the time, and considering this would be 2003 for me, that would be Mudvayne and Static-X. Now I have a brand new nu-metal promo by Invidia, a supergroup featuring members from Skinlab, Five Finger Death Punch and In This Moment, colliding all of the above with such heroes as Godsmack, a manure-filled dump truck and a frat house full of drunk jocks, and I now realize that I was a goddamn idiot at 14.

The moment opener “Now or Never” begins, two-dimensional power chords and insufferable tough guy vocals start digging under my skin like thousands of little parasites. When the half-rapped half-sung verse begins I’m already considering whether it would be better to listen to the rest of the album or begin headbutting a running table saw. The lyrics make Six Feet Under sound like eloquent philosophers and I don’t think there’s a single phrase that wasn’t a cliché before the turn of the century. And it’s not even the worst song on the album!

The question that keeps going through my head is why? What studio executive considered it a good idea to send this to any source that does not cater directly to 14 year olds? I pleaded with management while “Feed the Fire” mercilessly battered my senses with horrific, nasal whining about a devil in her eyes, as if there wasn’t one in my ears. Management laughed and left me to my torture1. As I was reduced to a shaking, weeping puddle of a man by the start of “Marching Dead” with its oh-so-clever allusion to The Walking Dead, incessant chugga-chugga-chug ‘riff’ and arena-rock-ready chorus, I knew I had to dig deep and come up with some positives to survive this ordeal. I might even have to opt for the dreaded objective review.

Well, to be frank, as horribly written as all the instruments and lyrics are, the individual performances are alright, and the mostly slapped bass actually has a fairly pleasing sound. Some of the songs, like “Till Death” and “Making My Amends,” are merely forgetful instead of making me want to slice off any body part that could be stuffed into my ear canals. It’s quite telling when forgetful is the positive option, but here we are.

That is when “Step Up” started and all my attempts at happy thoughts were obliterated with the power of a thousand Tsar Bombas. This is the apex of awful nu-metal, and it’s pulling out all the stops: rap like a constipated Fred Durst with an anger complex, shitty Static-X synthesizers, and the absolute worst kind of jumpdafuckup lyrics. I thought someone was screaming and howling in agony throughout the track as well, until I noticed that was just me. The song title is dropped 40 times throughout the 3 minute song. I counted. It’s an indicator of how Neanderthalean this album is.

The worst part is how it’s all manufactured to be catchy like a virus, and just as sickening. Manufactured is the right word, by the way, as none of this feels like organic songwriting. The melodies are as cloying as mainstream pop and dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. I was surprised less often than a gynecologist visiting a brothel. The last played song kept drilling into my mind space after listening to it, like the whole album exists to continue inflicting horror after I hit the stop button, even if I heard only one track. Once opened, it can not be closed, like a Pandora’s Box of shit.

Nu-metal is such a poor excuse for metal music, even most bands considered its pillars try to distance themselves from the word. Invidia may try to do the same, but they nonetheless dug up the genre’s slimy, pus-filled corpse from its 10-year grave and embraced it wholeheartedly, breathing deep the aroma of stale beer and desperate anti-conformity. If you are 14, feel catchiness is the sole mark of quality, and have the musical taste of a rabid dingo, feel free to dig into As the Sun Sleeps. Everyone else would be better off staying at least a continent away from the nearest copy of this watered-down edgy pop metal. Maybe that way we can prevent an epidemic of aneurysms among discerning metalheads.

Rating: 0.5/5.0
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: SPV Records
Websites: facebook.com/invidiarises
Releases Worldwide: March 31st, 2017

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  • Andrija

    Oh wow, a 0.5! Those are rare.

  • Grymm

    …I paused Nightbringer for this, and now I feel shame.

    • Sean Sky

      I want to listen too but I can’t bring myself to pause The Sound of Perseverance to hear it.

  • Danny

    Well at least the cover art’s alright. The band photo is much too touchy for my liking though. Wash your damn hands, slightly-left-of-center dude.

    • sir_c

      looking at how they all hold their hands, they’re either gynecologists or enthusiastic Trump fans

  • Wilhelm

    I don’t think this song is as annoying as Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, or any of the above mentioned bands – I didn’t hear any annoying shouting or whiney adolescent sobs, white boy pseudo rap or the crappola ingredients of nu-metal, then again I’m basing it on this song only. .5 sounds a little harsh.

    • Sean Sky

      No lie… I think LB, Slipknot, Disturbed, Mudvayne, etc. have some catchy stuff that I don’t entirely mind hearing sometimes. It’s not the height of music, by any stretch, but there’s some superficial enjoyment there. I also enjoyed those bands when I was like 14 too.

      I mean at least it’s better than crunkcore, right?

      • Wilhelm

        Well definitely better than crabcore

    • GardensTale

      I was gonna go for 1.0 but I had to take a half point off for Step Up.

    • Nag Dammit

      Oh the sobs! You couldn’t move for grown men crying / mumbling shitty lyrics about hating their gran for catching them having sex with an orange they heated up in the microwave in the ’00’s.

  • Chuggy Wuggy was a bear….

    • Grymm

      Chuggy Wuggy had… a faux-hawk? And JNCOs? And spooky colored contacts?

      Oh how you’ve fallen, Chuggy Wuggy.

  • Reese Burns

    Come on! We were *this* close to our third-ever 0.0! On a side note though: Mudvayne were, are, and always will be awesome. Mudvayne and Mushroomhead are the two nu metal bands I have any sort of tolerance for, and I’m unashamed of it.

    • Grymm

      I like some Slipknot and System of a Down.

      Also, I have a bit of a soft spot for Sevendust. Lajon Witherspoon can fucking sing.

      • Reese Burns

        Funny, I never really considered Sevendust to be nu metal. But yeah, having a singer with a good set of pipes did a lot to separate them from the Godsmacks and Powerman 5000s of the world. And as for Slipknot, I’ve got a nice clear double LP of Vol. 3 that I still play time to time, so I suppose I should have mentioned them as well.

        • Chigo

          Holy shit, I forgot all about Powerman 5000. Thanks for the reminder, I guess :)

          • sir_c

            they once were support act on a Pantera tour.

          • Chigo

            Is that the epitaph on their headstone?

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Should be.

        • Vol. 3 for the win. A great album amongst their other mediocre stuff…

          • Reese Burns

            Absolutely! There’s a lot of energy on that record. Plus, Virus of Life is just a disgusting song in the best way.

    • Choodi

      Mudvayne were always unfairly lumped in with the numetal crowd.

      • Reese Burns

        L.D. 50 was very proggy sounding to my ears. Well, aside from that one rap section. But yeah, the music they made was leaps and bounds more advanced than pretty much everything else coming out of the states at that point.

        • Go stand in the corner and scream!

          • Reese Burns

            Hmph! Maybe I will!

    • Zach Ward

      Wait, I don’t remember the 2nd one. All I know is tetragrammacide. What was the other??

      • GardensTale

        Project Theory

        • Zach Ward

          Thanx my boyy

      • Reese Burns

        It was some other generic nu metal band. Absolutely awful stuff, not even noteworthy enough for me to remember the name, haha. It was a Diabolus review, if that helps you track it down though!

        • Zach Ward

          Project theory was it. Gave an actual listen to the music, and I’m scarred for life. Haven’t listened to this band yet, and if their anything close to them, I’ll pass.

    • Hammersmith

      Yep, it might be rose tinted glasses, but I still throw on LD50 and that System s/t now and then. Pair that with some NHL 94 on SNES and baby you got a stew going.

      • Westpaceagle

        NFL 94 is one of the best games ever made period

      • This is my favourite internet comment of the week. So many geeky subcultures intersecting!

    • Nag Dammit

      The 0.5 could be for the ‘slapped bass’. Gardens Tale didn’t mention if that was slapped with any amount skill or slapped with a wet fish, so I wouldn’t like to presume.

  • You wot m8?

    It’s kind of odd how things coincide, as just earlier today I had the odd nostalgic urge to search up some Godsmack. The ten minutes I spent listening to some random “songs” with familiar titles had the quality of a fever dream, wherein I was 16 and mad at my dad for being my dad.

  • Ivan E. Rection

    Are you guys trying to push Felchmeister777 over the edge? Just 2 reviews ago he was ranting about the current shit state of metal, then we get this steaming turd of an album. This is audio diarrhea. I love this site but consider these posts more of a warning than a review… sort of like “be careful, the stomach flu is going around”

    • Sean Sky

      We talked him down off the ledge just for this… smh

      • It was supposed to go tomorrow but I just had to move it up.

        • GardensTale

          Appreciated Steely!

        • Name’s Dalton

          Brilliant move, really.

  • Paul VH

    Don’t sugar coat it….tell us how you REALLY feel….

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  • Nate Sweet

    Can this album really be that bad? After all it inspired this beautiful review.

    • sir_c

      from a messy turd a giant tree can grow. still it remains a messy turd

  • Kronos

    Brilliance itself, GT.

  • Patrick W. Dunne

    Oh man, I remember when I was a teenager and thought that I was edgy for listening to nu-metal. I mean, I can still probably listen to a good amount and be perfectly content, but I cringe when I think back to my high school self.

    That being said, judging by the cover alone, I wouldn’t have guessed this was nu-metal in a million years.

  • Tom Hardy

    All you young chaps grew up exposed to this sort of music, lapping it up and now you shit on it? It’s a bit sad, don’t you think? Back in the day, everyone would get excited by Korn or Limpbizkit or Linkin Park. Good stuff for AMV’s I tell ya.

    I think the notion of reviewing an album on the site, in the fact that it’s going to be labelled metalcore, is a worthless exercise if your judgement is going to be fixed – in the negative. What’s the point? It doesn’t even matter, much like Vegeta’s strength holds a sad disposition compared with Goku.

    • Dr. Wvrm

      You’re dead on that AMV tack. That whole genre relies on building to boisterous finales, which is exactly what a lot of good AMVs do as well. Source: I may or may not have made a Mudvayne-Bleach AMV in my youth.

    • Hulksteraus

      I think the answer is that they review what they are sent, no matter what it is. At least we get a few .5’s and 1’s in the mix, rather than all 4’s and the odd 5’s.

      I would be blaming the record label for sending the album AMG’s way. Surely after 7 years a label can gauge what an album like this is likely to rate on this site.

      • Nag Dammit

        I’d love to see a table of the highest ranking metal albums as per average score on metal reviewing sites. I’d say that even with some other sites loving this kind of donkey do, the good metal albums would always score higher on average. At least I would hope so.

        Reviews like this are not worthless when they help readers get to the good stuff, avoid the turgid and have a bit of a laugh at the music (and at themselves if they ever liked nu-metal) along the way.

        • GardensTale

          Metacritic does this somewhat but doesn’t use metal exclusive sources a lot, and smaller releases often don’t have enough reviews to get a score.

      • Tom Hardy

        I highly doubt they review everything they are sent. They’re a big blog and they definitely have to pick and choose what they are to review. True, I think you’re right and in a way, any publicity is still publicity none the less.

    • brutal_sushi

      I think the point is that one would hope a band can transcend a genre that might have a negative connotation. Example: Many people see the label of djent and immediately throw up in their mouths. But there are bands out there (Uneven Structure) that fall into a genre (djent) and do something amazing with it.

      • Drew Music

        That they do, and soon!

      • Tom Hardy

        I see. That’s an interesting way to look at it, point noted.

        Uneven Structure mix influences from Katatonia, Anathema into djent which isn’t a bad thing but they used to be better than they currently are. Again, it’s a matter of preference depending on what you’re looking for or like in music. So I can see how they progressed into something you may like but I may not on the other side of the spectrum. To me, their older stuff was a lot more brutal and structured. Now they’re smooth sounding, melodic, newer Anathema inspired, let’s build this to an epic sounding part kinda act. They aren’t the in your face band they used to be. Not a bad thing, but it comes down to personal preferences. Cheers to you mate.

        • brutal_sushi

          “To me, their older stuff was a lot more brutal and structured.” But they are an Uneven Structure… I’m sorry, I had to.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Yeah! What he said!

      • Name’s Dalton

        Exception: Power Metal. Instapass.

    • GardensTale

      The sad reason I claimed this was the label ‘heavy metal supergroup’ attached to it. That was because of Wikipedia, which uses ‘heavy metal’ the way we use ‘metal’. I actually had to verify with management whether they were sure they wanted me to review this, but because of the supergroup status they ok’d it. Figured if I was gonna write about garbage I might as well make it entertaining by piling on the hyperbole!

    • Drew Music

      Back in the day I also got excited about singing along with Barney or the Sesame Street crew, should I feel bad for out growing them as well?
      Just because we enjoyed something at one point does not obligate us to do so forever, nor does that fact intrinsically render something as having been worth enjoying. I for one neither understood nor gave two shits about artistic integrity, emotional nuance, originality or talent when I loved me some nü metal, so I loved me some nü metal. It was loud and angry enough to worry my folks, yet catchy enough that it kept all us young chaps’s heads nodding, and at 13 that was about the full extent of my musical criteria. I don’t deny that it happened, nor do I feel any worse about it than I do about spiking my hair or any of the other dumb shit I did when I was a youngun. Nü metal was a fun, garish learning block, but that doesn’t mean I owe it a place on a pedestal. Nostalgia does not equal quality.
      In the end it doesn’t even matter, people = shit; If you still get down with the sickness then keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. If it still gets your head nodding then more power to ya, I just wanted to try to explain the mass departure from my own perspective.

      • Tom Hardy

        I salute your last paragraph, Mr. Drew. I would agree with you, sure. My criticism is more towards content. I do feel like a reviewer has to reviewer everything coming their way, however with a blog as popular as this one, one would imagine there’s picking and choosing? Correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t know how things outside of film work. I only check scripts that way, not having the time to read everything mailed or emailed or told to me over the phone. I do believe we all depart from what we listened to in the past, well most of us, as have I if I may be candid about it. My issue reading this review was that I knew already that the most of us who visit this blog wouldn’t think of this more than a piece of bitten off bagel staring at you from the side of a trash can. Having to spend the time and resource on that was disappointing but hey, it’s not my time … I salute the reviewers for their patience, like Madam X’s last review which I thought was good for an awful record.

    • Mikko_Kukkonen

      My thoughts exactly. It’s sad to see all these guys over the internet spending a considerable amount of comment section, and/or review space to first, tell us how they used to be into this kind of music a few years ago and then go on about how shitty this garbage is/was.

      I don’t get the point. Is it to make you more relevant as a reviewer or what? There’s a lot of music I was into when I was younger, that’s now considered questionable by many. I’ve grown out of a lot of that music, but some of it sounds as great as back then and brings back a lot of memories.

      My point is, that I’m grateful for all the musical experiences that I’ve had over the years, and I don’t feel the need to denounce any of it. And as for you being 14 in 2003, you’re still pretty young.. Beware, nostalgy can still creep up on you and you might secretly regret shitting on your childhood influences, or in this case yourself too. ;)

      • Tom Hardy

        Aye mate. I’d share some of these Cocoa Puffs n milk I’m having to cure a silly hangover got from a sling of shots of whiskey had last night. Cheers to you.

        • Mikko_Kukkonen

          Appreciate it, hope the cure was effective, cheers!

  • Matt slatz

    Hey. The first 2 mudvayne albums were actually pretty damn good,. Then they lost me…..L.d. 50 is still in my weekly rotation. You can bury the rest of the aforementioned nu-metal bands

  • Norfair Legend

    I came in to be the optimist, since I’ve secretley always had a tiny soft spot left for some good nu metal and love to thow some on here and there to this day.

    Unfortunately though, as Obi Wan once said, these are not the Droids I was looking for.

  • brutal_sushi

    First off I know WAY too many people in my feed who would be blown away by this horse shit. Secondly, don’t you fucking dare try and take the invisible orange from trve metal heads.

  • Hammersmith

    “I was surprised less often than a gynecologist visiting a brothel.”

    Holy shit. Well done.

    • Ono Trümmer

      Absolutely. It’s a horrible, horrible feeling when the chorus turns out to sound exactly like you felt it would. And everything else as well.

  • FugitiveTXs

    Thus affirming why I’ve never checked out any of the previous bands of this alleged “super group”

  • Apple Tree

    I feel a strange kind of affinity to the embedded track. The part where the guy was vomiting, I felt a similar sensation. I think I would actually go insane if I had to listen to this pathetic garbage for an entire album.

  • Westpaceagle

    Ouch, I know the AMG dungeon is supposed to be all about sadistic torture, but this may be a taking it too far. What did gardens tale do to deserve this?

  • I don’t really think this is awful. It’s just middle of the road. Easy listening of the hard variety. The worst thing about it is the overdone vocals, but I could level the same complaint at a thousand metal bands, some of which have been very favorably reviewed in these pages.

    Invidia is by no means something I want to listen to, but I still find the elitism of this article to be just about as bone headed as the embedded track:

    “If you are 14, feel catchiness is the sole mark of quality, and have the musical taste of a rabid dingo, feel free to dig into As the Sun Sleeps.”
    “Maybe that way we can prevent an epidemic of aneurysms among discerning metalheads.”

    I haven’t seen that level of metal head self-congratulation in a while. Boo people with low tastes. We here at AMG are so discerning and sophisticated! … Gimme a break… If you can’t listen to whatever you prefer without being a jerk about it, you have some growing up to do.

    I don’t mind the low score. Hell, give it 0.0 for all I care. I don’t mind the harsh words about the music itself either. What I mind is the snobby attitude.

    • GardensTale

      Yeah, I probably overdid that a bit. Fact is, I do think this is pretty terrible, and I doubted anyone here would enjoy it, so I might as well make the review entertaining with jokes and hyperbole. Not every review has to be Pullitzer material, and going for serious and balanced would have been a boring depressing read here.

      • That’s fair enough, I guess. But, since I feel like nearly the entire internet is nothing but one big ironic wink, I really value sincerity above anything else. Call me boring if you will…

        • Ono Trümmer

          Actually, the snobbish attitude is one of the reasons I read and enjoy AMG. The internet is full of cuddly brainfuzz from people who just want to please about everybody. I don’t have to agree necessarily, but I think that a good dose of opinion once in a while is quite refreshing.

      • Matt slatz

        Gardenstale, you have earned a 1 day paid administrative leave. Please go enjoy some wilderun on your day off

        • GardensTale

          Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

    • sir_c

      i just see it as a hyperbole, as the rest of the review is full of it. the snobism is solely reserved for PoS :-)

  • Excentric_13073

    OK, I managed to make it through 1:34 of the embedded video. Rules are that you have to watch it, not just let it play in the background.

    …I literally have to catch my breath after that clip….

  • Art Vandelay
  • Ta2dlam

    It cracks me up that this particular review is getting as many comments as, or more than, reviews of a great album. Give people something to love and they will give a head nod. Give them something to hate, be it the music or the review itself, and said hate shall pour forth. Now back to the regularly scheduled reviews with discussion worth reading (says my inner metal and intellectual snob).

    • Drew Music

      If we speak not of the nü metal quandary, we will learn nothing and thusly be revisited by an army of rap-yellers a thousandfold and rivers running red with Durst hats.
      We must learn from this, before it is too late for us all.

  • manimal

    This sounds like a plate of sauteed baboon assholes with a side of hair.

  • Aesir

    First off their name sounds like a computer program from the early 2000’s.
    The music is the worst of the worst and the score is generous.

  • Alexandre Barata

    You’ve been out of the nu-metal “underground” I see. I’ve listen worse in a stupid atempt to find a nu-metal album that could jumpstart my puberty again! It’s the impossible quest to get my cd-player to bomb out “Hot Dog Flavoured Water…” or “Hybrid Theory” without laughing my ass off.

    On another hand, this is bad, and nu-metal should be banned by “not-so-bad” sites like AMG! Might AMG-himself not see this out here!

  • sir_c

    It’s no coincidence that nu metal and no metal only differ one letter. Also The band’s manager must be some well paid gynecologist, since he has to make something of this bunch of untalented twats.

  • beurbs

    Better vocals than the strangled gargling garbage on that Pain of Salvation album that got like a 4.5 a while back.

  • Aguy

    Oh man. This is like a time machine. Or at least a time capsule. Time toilet? Listening to the first minute or so of the embedded track took me right back to about 1998. Hot Topic. Del Taco. Radio stations with names like “EDGE-X”. Working at the car wash.

    That was 19 years ago. Fuck, I’m old. Where did the time go? What even happened between 2000 and 2010?

    No, thank you. Put the capsule back where you found it, Stanton. Rebury it. Pave it over. Thank you.

  • seasonsinthesky

    The only decent thing in this entire shitshow is the bass playing.