"A Portrait of Home" is the continuation of Invicta's first EP "Split by the Sun," and pushes progressive metal into unfamiliar, fascinating territory. Intricate guitar riffs rife with jazz theory mingle alongside very non-traditional harmony and melody lines evoking shades of Alice in Chains or the Deftones, culminating in a thrilling 8-voice choral arrangement. No song sounds remotely similar, and the final effect is that of a sonic journey through a gripping aural plotline as the unstated protagonist meanders through diametrically opposed soundscapes searching for his final resting place.
The album itself very nearly didn't happen; a critical hardware failure destroyed the 3/4 finished album in its entirety, and the EP was forced to be completely redone. The recording and re-recording process took a solid year, and it is with great relief and greater pride that the final product is released for your enjoyment.
The titular song "A Portrait of Home" is, perhaps surprisingly, not located on this EP. It is found as a hidden track on the previous album, "Split by the Sun," as a segue of sorts bridging the two.
Invicta is proud to have completely recorded and produced this album independently; production was done entirely by D-J's Sick Timez Production at Sick Island Studios. Mixing was done by Eric Westmaas, and mastering by Jim DeMain of Yes Master, who has mastered 9 different Grammy-award-winning albums/singles.