[pullquote quote="We came up with the title Invicta because it means victory and rising above and everyone agreed that was fitting considering what we've been through in the past few years." credit="Guitarist Omar Zehery"]Riding high on the success of their last record, Skip School, Start Fights, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hit The Lights[/lastfm] have returned with a brand new effort fittingly titled Invicta. Fueled by the hardships that they persevered through in the long road leading up to the release of Invicta, as well as the success of their last record, the bands first to successfully chart on the Billboard Top 100; [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hit The Lights[/lastfm] latest effort is arguably the most accomplished work of their young career.
The fresh sound that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hit The Lights[/lastfm] sought for their new record that would become Invicta was brought to life by the masterful techniques of producers Mike Sapone ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Taking Back Sunday[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brand New[/lastfm]) and Machine ([lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lamb of God[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Four Year Strong[/lastfm]). The duo serve as an unorthodox production team of sorts, but in the end their contribution to Invicta gives it the diverse, yet cohesive sound that the band envisioned; which was not an easy feat by any means considering the background that both these industry veterans came from.
Click play below to get a taste of that great production on the first single from Invicta entitled Gravity:
The original spark and excitement that was bleeding out of the bands earlier work is brought back out and to the forefront by Sapone and Machine, and was the key that the band had longed for since the departure of original vocalist Colin Ross in 2007. But perhaps one of the most unique things about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hit The Lights[/lastfm] new album is the way that you can really hear many different sounds each time you listen to the record; again a credit to the records production. The way that the songs have a real live feel to them that feels significantly less flawlessly polished is what sets Invicta apart from the bands previous work. The new, raw feel of the record has a blend of pop, epic stadium-esque anthems and even some of the most upbeat style writing that the band has ever done in songs like Gravity that all fuse together to make a fresh sound on Invicta.
When looking at how [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Hit The Lights[/lastfm] follow up to Skip School, Start Fights ranks up against the rest of their catalog, they have seemingly done everything right on Invicta, especially in the way they’ve reinvented themselves from both a lyrical and musical standpoint. With all now officially said and done, the final decision will be made by the fans, who will ultimately choose how this album will be remembered.
Click play below to check out a teaser video for Invicta that’s sure to get you psyched:
The track listing for Invicta is as follows:
- So Guilty
- Get To You
- Float Through me
- Should’ve Known
- All the Weight
- Faster Now
- Take Control
- Oh My God