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Revocation – Chaos Of Forms

Relapse Records 2011
Revocation - Chaos Of Forms

Revocation‘s death metal tinged brand of progressive thrash remains as brave as it is brawny on the groups latest offering, “Chaos Of Forms“. Combining classic Megadeth-era thrash precision with cagey bellows and darkened grit, Revocation readily prove themselves as deserving of the hype.

Guitarist/vocalist David Davidson‘s aggressive playing style and impressive chops clearly lead the charge, displaying equal parts technical finesse and crunchy aggression. In fact, his agility and speed would lead one to believe he would almost need to change his strings after each song – let alone after each set.

A difficult balance to achieve, he blazes across his fretboard with stunning talent; yet generally avoids the typical wankery that can accompany such a ferocious display of instrumental ability.

The rest of the band are no slouches either as they lock into intrinsically tight grooves behind his lead. It’s almost mind-bending how effortlessly they shift through jarring polyrhythmic onslaughts, incendiary thrash and dizzying timing changes; all the while keeping the songs wholly interesting, if not a touch hyperactive.

To merely have a death oriented thrash metal band that implements some progressive tendencies isn’t exactly a revelation in 2011 though. What enables Revocation to wholly succeed is their perpetually impulsive risk taking.

For instance, a song like “The Watchers” wouldn’t sound entirely out of place on a Nightrage record at first. That is of course until the bottom drops out and a jazzy freak out that incorporates horns ala The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s “Milk Lizard” quickly melts down into a bluesy Deep Purple-styled organ solo. Moments later a volley of classically oriented shred heroics erupts, bringing to mind Extreme‘s “Play With Me“.

This all happens organically and without warning in just under the span of a minute, vanishing as suddenly as it arrived. Sure it’s refreshing to see a band willfully incorporate whatever they want. But it’s truly invigorating to see them then make it fit without devolving into discordant auditory schizophrenia.

With slap bass (“Harlot“) and tastefully hooky choruses (“Cradle Robber“) being just a few of the highlights; rarely is such technically proficient metal so highly kinetic and vividly stylized. To toss in being utterly fearless as well into the mix only further cements this bands rising star status while validating the buzz they’ve already gained thus far.

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     August 19, 2011 at 12:09 am

      Your Deep Purple bait won’t entice me. The logo says it all. Queer queer queer. I’d rather listen to the song “Queer” by Garbage.

      I’ve never seen any dead people on an album cover before, so I guess that’s pretty sweet.

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        • LOL @ those ridiculous choices.

          Dream Theater: lost a founding member who will prove to be irreplaceable. And even if Mike never left the band, how about these guys write the same album again for the 7th time? Washed out prog-rock crap.

          Trivium: new album isn’t so bad, but it sure as hell doesn’t come anywhere near the greatness of “Chaos of Forms”. Trivium try to play thrash and occasionally succeed in making it sound good, whereas Revocation can stand up to any of the classic thrashers.

          Fair To Midland: pshhhh, fuck this band.

          In Solitude: see above comment.

          Battlecross: never even heard of them, I’m sure they must be stellar *sarcasm*

          Now, I won’t argue about Opeth or Machine Head because both of those bands are insanely good. But the Opeth album went in a totally non-metal direction (which is fine, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE “Damnation” and I don’t need the death metal growls to like the band) and the first single off of Machine Head’s new record sounds a little uninspired, a B-Side from “The Blackening” at best. MH took a whole lot of time to write their last album, I’m not sure of their ability to write another masterpiece.

          Regardless, I never said Revocation put out THE album of the year; I said ONE of the best of 2011. And that statement will hold true. The new Brutal Truth record is astounding, so is the new Fuck The Facts & Today Is The Day. Napalm Death, assuming they put out the new album this year, will no doubt contend, too.

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        • Revocation can stand up to any classic thrashers. Don’t you need to be able to write memorable riffs in order to be compared to the greats? This album is one long song separated by brief track breaks. It’s the same thing OVER AND OVER again. The vocals are monotonous. The only redeeming quality of this band is the guitar tone and you need a hell of a lot more than that to put yourself in “great” category, let alone exceed something Trivium, FTM, or any other band I’ve listed has done. Listen to Evile for modern thrash done right…their new one will shit all over this album.

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        • Evile? HAHA. Sorry, when I listen to thrash (or any subgenre of metal for that matter), I don’t want to hear shitty ass falsetto vocals. Evile’s instrumentals are fine enough, but the vocalist is horrible, his high pitched screeching renders me incapable of stomaching more than 30 seconds of any given song.

          As for Revocation being monotonous, you clearly haven’t listened to “Chaos of Forms” closely. Sure, a few of the tracks sound kind of similar, but the same can be said of basically every metal album ever recorded. The rest of the tracks have a lot of variation.

          Do you really mean to tell me that every song on every Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, etc. album is completely different? Bullshit. From “Reign In Blood” to “Master of Puppets”, every album has songs that sound similar.

          As for the vocals for Revocation vs. other thrash bands, I offer the same argument. Tom Araya has sounded exactly the same for the last 30 years, so have all of the other vocalists (save for James H., who changed his style into shit).

          You don’t have to agree with me (clearly), but try to make your arguments a little more sound next time.

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        • @American_Natemare: not sure if you’re kidding or not. How exactly does my liking of Brutal Truth and Napalm Death make me a hipster? Last I checked, hipsters don’t listen to grindcore.

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        • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     August 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

          Man, each track on this album has somethin’ cool & good flavors.

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    • I’ll check this out when I wake up in the morning. Only because wook used the word “incendiary” and I can only guess he was watching Almost Famous when he wrote the review.

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    • Bitter Old Man     August 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

      This album is huge titties good….just a big a set of titties as their last two albums…not too sure yet which of their 3 albums is the best because they are all so damn good! Wook nailed it on the head…so extremely solid and groovy and even more adventurous with this release with only positive results. Really no reason not to completely love this if you appreciate good heavy music!

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     August 23, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Alright. Ok. This is pretty cool. But their band logo blows like 91.6% of metal.
      This thrash-groove kicks fuckin’ ass.

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    • scorpions     August 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

      To anyone confused about variation on chaos of forms – there is more variety on this album then a baskin robbins that sells opiates… Give it another try

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    • Yeah, been listening to this for the past 2 weeks, and I have to say it’s probably my favorite metal record released this year. That’s some fucking high praise too, cause there has been at least a half dozen metal records I’d rate between 8 and 10.

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    • the only album in recent years to prove as a blistering offer of even the most unique and technical metal, this shows the true backbone of metal’s brutality without giving it the misrepresented “knuckle dragging tough guy” label that metal so often is dubbed which is never true unless you are refering to emmure or any of their misguided followers……..oh you lost sheep

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