Invictus is the result of growth. Songwriting takes the main focus over ridiculous shows of musicianship that appears in a lot of prog. There's a lot going on inside, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This is an album for prog fans everywhere. Soaring choirs and lavish orchestras punctuate fast guitars and powerful basslines. In addition to this, the album features both vocal-oriented pieces as well as instrumental tracks.
Invictus is for fans of Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater, Tool, Haken, as well as anyone who wants something fresh to hear.
Each track has sentimental value to me, but suffice to say, the album is framed with a nod to poetry (and the power that words have over us) and my own mental health. The poem "Invictus" embodies much of my own personal philosophy on how I ought to live my life, but regardless of all conviction there are still struggles that we all face. In particular, "From Pole (Somewhere Cold)" and "To Pole (Somewhere Warm)" represent my journey from a dark place in my life to a place where I can grow and flourish. "Please" also holds a very special place in my heart; you can read more about that on the page for the single.
I invite you to listen to these and find your own meanings and feelings. Music has helped me time and again, and I hope that the melodies and words in here help you just as much as they helped me.
Special thanks to...
Laura Danner, Chloe Day, Dan Ballas, Jose Carlos P Tinajero, Michael Bradican, Tanya Tinajero, Sarah Spell, Jason Spell, Ian Mead Moore, Francesco Filigoi, and everyone in the Wired Guitarist/Music Discussion community.
released March 17, 2017
Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Synths, Pianos: Nico Madden/Damned Icon
Drumming: Michael Bradican
All tracks written by Nico Madden/Damned Icon
Songwriting contributions from Jose Carlos P Tinajero on "Ghosts" and "Hiraeth" with orchestration as well as on "Please (Piano Version)" with songwriting.
Mixing and Mastering: Dan Ballas - danballasaudio.com
Artwork done by Sarah Spell: Instagram @free_coyote, etsy.com/shop/soapminimalism
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