Invent Animate - Heavener
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 529 ratings
2023 Rank: #159
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CRITIC REVIEWS

94
Sputnikmusic

From the beautiful and infectious melodies of the choruses to the ferociously intense grooves of the breakdowns and riffs, Heavener is an exceptional display of their talent for balancing the melodic and the aggressive.

80
Distorted Sound

Yes, there are some stumbling blocks within Heavener, but on the whole, this is an album we implore everyone to listen to at least once, if only to draw an individual interpretation of life’s experiences.

70
Metal Hammer

HEAVENER is a work exclusively for restless Metal fans.

60
Kerrang!

No question, Heavener is proof that Invent Animate remain one of the most compelling acts in progressive metalcore. It’s just that the real intrigue lies in where they go next now they’ve left this baggage behind…

RemisReviews
98

YES YES YES YES. This is the All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us of the 2020s.

I love this thing. I mean immediately as their first single Shade Astray dropped, I knew this was going to be special because that is literally one of the best Metalcore songs I've ever heard and on par with Invent's Luna as their best song. And they just kept going and put out Without a Whisper which is one of the most beautiful and heavenly modern Metalcore songs I've ever heard, on ANOTHER level. So we already had 2 ... read more

BradTasteMusic
69

I really don’t like this style of Metalcore/Prog Metal at all. Maybe Heavener is a stepping stone in changing that?

It’s really pleasant. I actually fell asleep to this album. It isn’t anything crazy or new in terms of sound, but it’s very consistently good. Worth a try in my opinion

Edit: I revisited this and I am really underwhelmed with how similar everything on this album kinda is by the end. It loses a lot of the original magic by not going as far as it should ... read more

DarkCat
90

First words were “holy shit”. This is ANOTHER case of finding a somewhat unknown album with few high reviews and giving it a shot, and it being AWESOME. This whole album goes hard as fuck, and when it isn’t bursting your ear drums in the most epic way it’s providing some lovely calmer vibes. I can see why this wouldn’t be for many but goddamn, this is great. Will be returning and will see if my thoughts stick.

Edit: Ok yes, it does feel the same after a while. ... read more

SleepToken30
64

Na pewnym profilu na Instagramie jakiś magazyn ogłaszał płytę roku z okazji zakończenia 2023. W wielu komentarzach jako faworyt pojawił się właśnie ten album, więc postanowiłam go sprawdzić.
Od razu słychać świetne brzmienie zespołu, fajne guturale i mocne breakdowny ale trochę za krótkie. Czyste wokale są okej, ale nie wyróżniają się niczym szczególnym, jest już masa takich głosów na scenie. Uważam, że brzmienie zespołu bardziej pasuje do ... read more

trinkets
89

One of the best modern metalcore records there is. Some of the best songs in metalcore history are on here, but also some filler, hence the rating. No one does ambience and metal like IA.

JohnGeorgiou
95

This is probably peak IA

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Track List

1Absence Persistent
3:49
86
2Shade Astray
4:35
89
3Labyrinthine
3:43
83
4Without a Whisper
4:17
89
5False Meridian
5:00
90
6Reverie
3:10
72
7Immolation of Night
3:50
86
8Purity Weeps
4:08
82
9Void Surfacing
4:30
80
10Emberglow
4:21
82
11Elysium
4:48
87
Total Length: 46 minutes

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Added on: November 21, 2022