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Formed: 1996
From: Oeiras, Portugal
Last Known Status: Unknown

Background

Invoke (Melodic Black Metal band), started their activity in the year of 1996 in Oeiras, Portugal. They started to play a sort of alternative metal closely related do Doom Metal with four people in their ranks: Reborn (Vocals & Guitar), Raul Costa (Bass Guitar), Nuno Conceição (Lead Guitar) and Riwall (synths). Only after they got Caveirinha to join behind the Drums.
After a few shows, the first demo-tape, "Where the foreland becomes holy ground" was released in 1998. The demo is very well accepted and the band continues to play a few more shows.
Right after that, Nuno Conceição leaves the band and in 1999 Sandro Marinho steps in to occupy its place as the new lead guitar player.

The band ponders the joining of a female singer but after a few tryouts, that idea is forgotten. During the year of 2000 Invoke’ s second demo "From Within" is released. Some tracks are played in Tocabrir 2000 contest, where are much appreciated by the audience.
In the time to come Invoke suffered significant changes with Caveirinha leaving the drummer stool empty (replaced temporarily by David) and also the departure of Raul Costa (Bass Guitar and founding member) and Sandro Marinho (Lead Guitar).

In 2001, to replace the vacant seats December joins behind the drum kit, Spiritus (as second synths player together with Riwall) and Victor in the bass guitar.
The third demo released by Invoke "Looking through me" is released in 2002. Audience and media acceptance is very high and the band is booked to play more shows.

By the end of 2002/beginning 2003 a few line-up changes occur: Victor is replaced by Anonymous God on the bass guitar and a new lead guitar player, Raul Rita, joins the band to leave after a few months.
In the late 2003/early 2004 Invoke continue to play some shows and again some line-up changes are made: Spiritus decides to leave the band and Blood Heart steps in as the new Lead guitar player.

Below is a summary of Invoke coverage and information on Metal Underground.com.