Wednesday, 15 October 2014

'Revocation' Album Review 'Deathless'

Boston based technical death metal/thrashers Revocation are back with their fifth album and debut on Metal Blade Records, due for release on the 14th October. With only a year gap between this and last years excellent self titled album, the pressure was on for the band to live up to expectations and I’m happy to say they’ve surpassed expectations and delivered an album that more than lives up to the hype. 

Guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson stated in an interview on this very site that the band have gotten heavier with every release and this is definitely evident on this album. There are some fantastically heavy parts on this album and between Phil Dubois-Coyne’s drumming, the dual guitars of Davidson and Dan Garguilo and Brett Bamberger’s bass, the level of proficiency on show is staggering. Crisp, clear production ensures no instruments are overpowering and everything can be heard.

‘A Debt Owed to the Grave’ opens the album with some catchy riffs and vocal hooks that, for me at least, demands repeated listens. The same can be said of the second track, and first release from the album, ‘Deathless’ with an insanely catchy chorus.

Third track in, ‘Labyrinth of Eyes’, with its progressive elements and groove laden riffs feels like a homage to ‘Crack the Skye’ era Mastodon. I don’t want to come across as gushy but the solo work in ‘Scorched Earth Policy’ is absolutely incredible. Seriously, it made me stop what I was doing to pay attention to it. ‘Witch Trials’ opens at a frantic pace, showcasing how tight a unit this band are, before slowing down to close the album.

If you’re anything like me then some of the first metal bands you will have started listening to will have been Megadeth and Metallica. ‘Master of Puppets’ will have been your favourite album for a while and was replaced as, over the years, your music taste expanded into heavier realms. If this is the case then you’re sure to enjoy this album as it has everything you loved about 80s/90s thrash metal mixed with techniques of modern technical death metal bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorod, etc. In summary this is an album full of memorable riffs and solos reminiscent of your favourite thrash bands that will definitely keep you coming back for more.

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