Energy - Invasions of the Mind (Cover Artwork)


Energy: Invasions of the MindInvasions of the Mind (2008)
Bridge Nine Records

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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Lacking precisely what's promised. Bridge Nine's successive streak of solid releases unfortunately comes to a screeching halt with Energy's Invasions of the Mind. Sure, the band have seriously fresh influences considering the label: AFI circa their best years (Black Sails in the Sunset / The Art .
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Lacking precisely what's promised.

Bridge Nine's successive streak of solid releases unfortunately comes to a screeching halt with Energy's Invasions of the Mind. Sure, the band have seriously fresh influences considering the label: AFI circa their best years (Black Sails in the Sunset / The Art of Drowning), Bad Religion and a whole heaping of Misfits-lifted imagery.

But Invasions of the Mind is a poor and occasionally embarrassing end result of those influences. From the recording to the performance, both band and album lack serious bite -- and that's in a punk or hardcore sense.

After an intro track titled "Invasions" that's about 10 seconds too long, we're properly introduced by "Hunter Red" [Burgan?] and Tank's soaring, soprano voice. It's not entirely bad, especially if you think about him in a Zoli TĂ©glĂ¡s (Ignite) sort of way, but he has little-to-no 'umph' behind it. And this is one of Invasions' better tracks.

From there, it just feels like the band is phoning it in. The fact is, they lack serious energy -- and the pun here really isn't intended. It's just simply the biggest and most clear criticism one can draw with Invasions of the Mind. The occasional screamed backup vocals give them a nice jolt ("The Silence," "Brickstone"), but the transition back to Tank's softer and over-processed voice is uncomfortably jarring. One of the rare moments where it feels like the band is moving along at a proper clip is the half-decent "Hail the Size of Grapes."

Elsewhere, the failure to wield even a moderate sense of dynamism is further exposed by the pitiful recording. After the ear-catching intro riff of "Two Whole Minutes Underwater," you're expecting a devastating push into the first verse, but it's more like someone threw a wet blanket on you. Not long after, the potentially thunderous transition from "Revelations" to "Brickstone" ends up being a rushed change into double-time so aurally seamlessly it's seriously cringeworthy.

It's a little frustrating too, because the band obviously know how to write a song and they throw in a couple great experimental jabs, like the honest-to-goodness (and all-too-short) post-rock sprinkles of "400"'s later stages. But when Tank extends the bridge on that song by carelessly cooing "further and further away," there's nothing behind his voice to convince us that this metaphorical or literal distance actually means anything.

Disappointingly problematic, Energy showed a bit of potential on their summer 2007 demo, but Invasions of the Mind unfortunately fails to fulfill it.

Hunter Red
The Silence
Hail the Size of the Grapes


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Rudy87 (January 30, 2009)

I actually dig this album. I think they've got more of a pop edge to them, but it's not so bad. They're one hell of a live band, too.

herbertfranklin (December 6, 2008)

This is album is definitely weak, seems like it was rushed by B9 to keep the hype surrounding this band alive.

ak3punk (December 3, 2008)

I'm sorry but I really really LIKE this album! It sounds reminiscent of old AFI/Ignite. At times it does lag but overall its pretty awesome. Also the EP before this is fantastic, the Foo Fighters cover is weak but the rest of the songs kill it.

Go download this album, give it a few listens and let it sink in, after then I'm pretty sure you'll want to own it...

mikexdude (December 3, 2008)

Oh, things could be a little faster.

mikexdude (December 3, 2008)

Alright, so I went around to listening to this and you basically nailed it: there is no "umph" to the vocals; the screaming is incredibly thin and weak and doesn't match the HUGE sounding production on the singing leaving the extremes sounding really awkward. He has a great range though, and I'm wondering if the "autotune" is actually really obvious doubling. Oh, there are too many 'woahs'... and that's coming from someone who has Art of Drowning in their top 5 favorite albums of all time.

The instruments on here though, are actually EXTREMELY well done. "Revelations" is the best song on the album.

BigP (December 3, 2008)

I was just going through some of the B9 bands and I saw the cover for this and though "This looks very promising" because after listening to Crime in Stereo I needed something better. It was nothing that I expected it to be.

You spoke my mind.

nate_derby (December 3, 2008)

Band rules, album rules, best dudes, fuck y'all.

Evil_Dead (December 3, 2008)

My favorite album of 2008.

mikexdude (December 2, 2008)

I liked their E.P., haven't heard this but one song and the autotune was too apparent. Weak sauce.

rowwwley (December 2, 2008)

Holy autotune batman.

edgar13 (December 2, 2008)

saw the band twice, walked out after the first song both times.

mikeinflames (December 2, 2008)

the more i listen to this album. the less i like it.

GlassPipeMurder (December 2, 2008)

eh...medium diggin it. this may be B9's attempt at mainstream appeal.

xshoutoutx (December 2, 2008)

... it's those damn VOCALS! At least on "Punch the Clock" he kind of sounded like Zoli Teglas a little bit, but now he just sounds like a 13 year old girl that got kicked in the ovaries and simultaneously found out she was pregnant screaming into a mic.

danpib08 (December 2, 2008)

I liked the EP they put out on Rock Vegas (the Foo Fighters cover was really lame though), but I agree with Brian, Bridge 9 shit the bed bigtime with this record. I saw them live with H2O and Bane and the singer looks like he belongs in Fall Out Boy or Cute Is What We Aim For, he could be mistaken for a flat chested girl.

NoSpace (December 2, 2008)

yeah his vocals really really annoy me, to the point where i dont understand how anyone could enjoy listening to this band

deadelectromix (December 2, 2008)

I don't see what this has to do with Operation Ivy.

asxyouxwish (December 2, 2008)

if this band dropped the renn faire singer with the terrible voice they could be so good. i'm incredibly tolerant of bad vocalists but WOOF.

friokir (December 2, 2008)

well, I actually like his voice, it sounds kinda desperate and sad (especially at the "further and further" part), although it sucks that they've used so much computer on his voice.

overdefined (December 2, 2008)

Entirely agree with this review.

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