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Hit the Lights - Invicta EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 7.5
Lyrics 7.5
Production 7.5
Creativity 7.5
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7.5
Final Verdict: 75%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.18
Musicianship 7.95
Lyrics 7.57
Production 8.25
Creativity 7.82
Lasting Value 7.64
Reviewer Tilt 8.02
Average: 79%
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Hit the Lights - Invicta EP

Reviewed by: Ryan Gardner (11/06/11)
Hit the LightsInvicta EP
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: November 1, 2011


It’s about time we heard some new Hit the Lights material. It seems like it’s been ages since the summery Skip School Start Fights first dominated beaches in July 2008. Sure enough, their latest EP, Invicta, will definitely make the wait for their upcoming full-length easier.

On first listen, Invicta definitely carries a more diverse vibe to it than Skip School. The summery pop hooks are now replaced with a more Anberlin-style, arena-sounding delivery. Have no fear though; this style suits Nick Thompson’s pipes in ideal fashion, as the band has clearly grown – both vocally and musically – within the past three years.

“Gravity” begins with echoing guitar tones and meek singing before escalating into a straightforward rock song, driven by Thompson’s towering vocal performance and the rhythmic drumming of Nate Van Dame. Clearly, the sound varies greatly from all previous Hit the Lights material this time around; however, the change seems to suit their new direction perfectly, while still maintaining the signature addictive nature of any Hit the Lights cut. The growth of the band also shines throughout these three songs, with “Earthquake” exhibiting the excelled musicianship through pacing drums, steadying guitar play, and soaring vocals. “All The Weight” may be the most unexpected song of the three. Built around thick guitar licks and a softer vocal style, “All The Weight” will definitely result in mixed feelings from fans – some will love the new sound, others may be put off by it at first – but it definitely grows on you.

In the end, albeit only being three songs and a total of ten minutes of music, Invitca will definitely leave listeners wondering what direction Hit the Lights aim to go with their highly anticipated upcoming record. If the experimentation and sound of these songs prove anything, it’s that what’s coming may be the strongest, most diverse offering from the band to date.

7.5/10

Recommended If You LikeSkip School Start Fights; Armor For Sleep; Conditions; Anberlin

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Gravity
2. Earthquake
3. All The Weight

Hit the Lights are:
Nick Thompson – Vocals
Omar Zehery – Guitar
Kevin Mahoney – Guitar
Nate Van Dame – Drums
David Bermosk – Bass

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02:12 PM on 11/06/11
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jusscali
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Love all three songs - can't fucking wait for the record.
02:26 PM on 11/06/11
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Great review, great ep, so stoked for the full lenght and to see them in december!
02:54 PM on 11/06/11
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brandon_260
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When Nick comes in at the beginning of Gravity, with the higher pitch to his voice, I get so excited.
03:19 PM on 11/06/11
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I feel like a dick because I dont get the massive appeal this band has, i feel like i'm missing something, the record seems average to me, so did Skip School.., i dunno maybe the new full length will wow me.
03:21 PM on 11/06/11
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This EP was great, it really surprised me after the wait.
I'm dying to hear the full length now.
04:24 PM on 11/06/11
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Ryan Gardner
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Really like the vocal/musical style they went for on this
09:14 PM on 11/06/11
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the Liars and Cheats demo on the physical EP sold on tour is great as well.
09:17 PM on 11/06/11
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brandon_260
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the Liars and Cheats demo on the physical EP sold on tour is great as well.
Is it still the acoustic version from almost two years ago, or a new version?
09:50 PM on 11/06/11
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Is it still the acoustic version from almost two years ago, or a new version?
new, full band
05:16 AM on 11/07/11
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kind of average for me, not nearly as good as armor for sleep or anberlin. maybe theyll step it up for the full length
05:30 AM on 11/07/11
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Is this the stuff Kenny helped with?
07:26 AM on 11/07/11
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I feel like a dick because I dont get the massive appeal this band has, i feel like i'm missing something, the record seems average to me, so did Skip School.., i dunno maybe the new full length will wow me.
I am kind of the same way... I've always really liked their recorded stuff and thought they had a lot of energy. I saw them live in Chicago at Reggie's last week and I was pretty disappointed and felt like an asshole because of it. It just felt like something was missing from their performance...
07:40 AM on 11/07/11
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First two songs are great. I'm not really feeling All The Weight, but I'm not too worried about that...I'm pretty stoked for the full length!
08:50 AM on 11/07/11
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almost reminds me of Number One Gun, love it
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