I present to you melodic power metal with a poetic touch; it’s coming from Germany’s Involution. The outfit recorded their first demo about four years ago, but they just released a first full-length, Evolution of Thoughts. The record promises your average, free-spirited melodic power metal, but you’d have to turn to their lyrical formation to get that their approach stretches a bit beyond the norm. From a musical angle, this effort is overflowing with fulfilling melodies and that makes this effort worthwhile, enjoyable.
After the title track starts off the record, galloping rhythms guide “Destiny. “Involution then returns with a couple of hard-hitting numbers, but we’re clearly in for a slowdown with “Rise.” If you’re searching for the one of the brightest spots of the album, turn to the the unstoppable forces of “My Own Mind” (featured on the outfit’s Bandcamp profile and featured on video). The strings-infused interlude, “A Torch in the Dark,” reaches the abrupt rhythms of “Another Torch.” And the vocal delivery reaches its peak with the warmhearted tunes on the final track, “Up from the Dust.”
Much of the uniqueness to be appreciated on this album is attributed to the vocals, where gravelly chops are doused in melody. But numbers like “My Own Mind” give Evolution of Thoughts what it needs to stay afloat among (and even stand out from) its contemporaries, and that means Involution can only head on upward from here.