The first single from third album ‘Queen of Drama’ (due for release on 21st May 2021), German alternative five-piece Royal Incest bring us this delightful ‘Invitation’ to their ‘house of gold’, with its exquisite torture chamber of scissors, thumbscrews, and boiling oils. ‘Invitation’ bounces along on a hooky little riff, time changes and stop/starts just in the right places to catch you unawares and add to the sense of foreboding and discomfort. It’s kind of poppy-indie-feeling for the most part, but there’s some cute little ‘metal’ sections that sound a bit like Pantera or Rage, a nice wah-wah driven shredded solo, and some decent staccato drum-led parts, all of which segue nicely together into a mixture of punk, grunge, and indie-tinged rock. Founded in 1992 near Munster, ‘Queen of Drama’ is a fine return for Royal Incest; ‘Invitation’ is a great introduction to the new album, ably added to by the rather shiny official video.
Review by Alex Holmes