Album Review: Demon Compass by Provoker
ALBUM – Demon Compass
ARTIST – Provoker
LABEL – Year0001
Demon Compass, the sophomore album from the band Provoker, is a darkwave masterpiece that seamlessly blends gothic post-punk with 80s synth, creating a haunting landscape. Released by Year0001, the album, following their debut Body Jumper, is a mesmerizing journey into a realm where giant cockroaches conduct clandestine experiments and teenage vampires snack on disembodied arms.
The collaboration with Eyedress adds depth to Demon Compass. The album’s singles, including “Debt Collector,” “Valley Ghoul,” and “It’s In My Head,” showcase Provoker’s ability to strike a dreamy balance between paranoid lyricism and melodic riffs.
Provoker’s unique approach to world-building sets them apart. Vocalist Christian Petty delivers dynamic vocals that, when paired with Jonathon Lopez’s bass lines and dark grooves, create a compelling and addictive experience. Demon Compass, both lyrically and sonically cohesive, explores inner demons and hidden evils through a beautiful yet macabre lens.
The album’s visual aesthetic, reminiscent of ’80s cult-favorite movies, contributes to its storyline, emphasizing the band’s commitment to creating a distinct universe. With a choose-your-own-adventure story accompanying the album, Demon Compass is a testament to Provoker’s artistic evolution and their ability to create a fully immersive musical experience. As they embark on tour, it’s evident that Provoker’s Demon Compass is not just an album but a captivating journey into a dark and imaginative realm.