Interview: Invoker

On October 12th the Swiss hardcore band Invoker released a new EP called Cursed To Feel. So it was time for DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen to ask Invoker’s vocalist David Lukas some questions.

Hey, how are you?

Hey there! Thank you, we are very good. Enjoing this nice summer!

Can you tell us something about the history of Invoker?

Yes of course! We are a 5-piece band from the center of Switzerland. We started the band somewhat 6 years ago after the breakup of former melodic death metal band Sense Of A Divination. For Peter and Andy, our two guitar players, the genre of melodic death didn’t feel like home anymore so they were looking for something they felt more comfortable with and they found it in hardcore. Already loving the genre for years, they started a new project with close friends like Peter’s brother David on vocals – who helped out on bass in Sense Of A Divination on several occasions – and Raphael on drums and Patrick on guitars. We have been in the same line up ever since and have released one EP and one full length record and have played in several countries all over Europe.

For people not knowing Invoker (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?

The main core of Invoker is hardcore but we do not set ourselves any boundaries. We play a melodic version with nods to black metal and post rock. The lyrics are all based on personal experience and revolve around the topic of mental health issues like depression and anxiety. That’s why we call our genre depressive suicidal hardcore in homage to the black metal subgenre DSBM.

What makes Invoker unique?

We think, that our blend of hardcore with post rock and black metal makes us quite unique. Of course, there is rarely anything unique in the music business anymore but we just try to be ourselves and do what makes us happy. With that we are as unique as it can get.

Any future plans you can already tell us something about?

Yes! We released a new EP called Cursed To Feel on October 12th and there are two singles with a video coming prior to that. The first one called End Me is already out. We’ll celebrate that with a little tour through Switzerland and there are plans for an Europe tour early next year!

Any upcoming gigs for Invoker? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?

We are planning to come to The Netherlands yes. Probably within that tour, but no shows we can confirm yet.

How do you think your life would be without music?

It would be a sad and miserable world, no doubt. Music helps us through so many things in life. It helps to process pain, makes us feel understood in times of confusion or makes good moments even better. That is something many people really need, no matter if they just consume the music or playing the music by themselves. We wouldn’t want to miss that in any way.

What advice would you give to young and starting bands?

We still consider ourselves a starting band. Or at least we feel that way because there is still so much to learn, haha!

There are some things that we think would everybody say: play as much as possible, try to get yourself out there, stay true to yourself and be honest. Those are still valid points. With platforms like Bandcamp or YouTube and social medias like Facebook and Instagram, it has never been so easy to make your music, your band accessible for people. It helps you to build a network and stay in people’s field of interest. The very hard part is to stand out from the masses, for that you need to be creative.  Something that we as a band still can improve.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalMania’s readers?

Thanks for having us! And we really hope to come to The Netherlands soon!

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Hi!

I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 27 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles. However, metal is what I mostly listen to. I also like going to concerts, meeting with friends and watching movies (especially arthouse).

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