"Invincible" (Self-released; 2017)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

It should be noted before going any further in this review that I am not overly excited when something labeled "rap metal" winds up in my inbox. This has more to do with my own personal taste than it does any of the artists. See, here's the thing: I've given many Limp Bizkit albums a good review. What does that mean? It means that I wouldn't know good rap metal if it came up and bit me in the ass.

That caveat being made, I can certainly say I enjoyed Andrew W. Boss's "Invincible" from the first time I listened to it. Andrew, please don't hate me, but it reminded me of Limp Bizkit here and there, but it also reminded me of bands like Mushroomhead, Linkin Park and Korn as well. How did "Invincible" compare to albums performed by those other bands. Hell, I don't know! I just told you my taste in rap metal is questionable at best!

There are several moments on "Invincible" that are certainly more brutal than anything Limp Bizkit ever did. And, while I don't believe Andrew does anything on this CD that approaches the chaotic creativity of Mushroomhead, there are plenty of creative moments.  For example, I love the way "Decay" combines an irresistibly melodic chorus with a driving metal beat. And "Let Me Hear You" has a hook so sharp it'll stab into your brain like a hunting knife.

So, the bottom line is that, while I enjoyed "Invincible" and will definitely listen to it again, it really didn't do any more ... or any less ... than any other rap metal album I've listened to. Again, the problem is obviously mine, not Andrew's, so if you're a fan of this genre you've got a bright, brand new artist to discover!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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