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Revocation – Revocation

Relapse Records 2013
Revocation - Revocation

Renowned for their instrumental ability, Revocation‘s collective skill and technique has already earned them numerous accolades. Enough so that pointing out that this latest effort is once again a near clinical display of speed and finesse should be of little surprise.

Armed with a fret searing mixture of blitzkrieg thrash and finely sharpened death metal, their approach is akin to a flurry of jabs to the solar plexus. Fast and technical is the bands comfort zone and it is this mindset where they do their most damage—even if the songs are generally bursting with more ideas than they can capably manage.

While the implementation is routinely scatterbrained, there are intriguing tangents utilized to great effect; including the all too brief banjo that kicks off “Invidious” and the acoustic freefall outro of “Arch Fiend“. A frenetic and punishing listen, it’s a bit of a shame then that the times like those mentioned above where Revocation fully step out of their shell is often merely as a brief aside.

To incorporate these disparate parts in a more inclusive way throughout the entire respective song would certainly give the album a welcome compliment to the unyielding shrapnel-laced riffery—even if it meant sacrifices had to be made when onstage.

Making his presence felt, new bassist Brett Bamberger‘s (ex-East Of The Wall) elastic style and chunky tones certainly beef up the bands approach. His low end eruption on the Lamb Of God-leaning “Fracked” sees him firmly stepping out from behind the guitars shadow; while also adding an enticing progressive slant.

Oddly his talents aren’t always utilized to the fullest measure though. A somewhat disappointing turn when it feels like the bands brightest moments are those where he is given as much free reign as his six stringed brethren.

That said, with its flaws largely superficial, it’s hard to describe this self-titled affair as anything less than a shredders paradise. Brazenly technical and passionately creative you can tell the band firmly believe in what they’re doing.

They’ve effectively taken genres weighed down by nostalgia and brutality contests and breathed new life into them through passion, creativity and above all, conviction.

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    • the selection of reviews has really gotten piss poor around here as of late… with new defeater, counterparts, & misery signals lulling around, what’re we doing reviewing meh albums?

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      • Revocation is a meh? Can someone even use those words in a sentence like that? I mean I agree with you, the reviews this site does suck (they should do a lot more, and change their layout), but fuck that, Revocation is awesome.

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        • MyDarkPassenger     July 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          Apparently you haven’t been around long enough to know, but the layout only changes once every 15 years or so. Except for that very, very brief red star design. That was more like 15 days.

          And that’s just the way we like it.

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        • MyDarkPassenger     July 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          If you truly feel that way you should really frequent the Revolver.com site. They don’t give the shittiest of records anything less than 3.5 stars.

          I prefer an honest look myself.

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        • Just for the record, that was sarcasm, in response to “what are we doing reviewing meh albums.”

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      • SpinSwimScream     July 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        @xasafx

        I agree with you on that. I have been coming to this site since 2001ish, and it has seen much better reviews, more frequently too. I’m not going to completely discredit Revocation, but this year has been fucking amazing for music. More specifically, the exact albums of the bands you named. Counterparts and Misery Signals’ albums will easily be in my top 3 picks for the year. Yes, I know it is only July, but they are THAT good.

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    • BecomesMyVeryShackles     July 24, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I was really hoping this would be their gigantic coming out to mainstream album, but everything I’ve read seems to indicate it’s just another Revocation album. That is not a bad thing AT ALL (Draiman style), but Chaos of Forms was a huge step forward to me. I guess the jury is out until this thing finally comes out.

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    • Holy fuck, I’ve been missing out. I don’t recall hearing these guys before. They are amazing and I’m glad I took the time to listen to this album over at the GuitarWorld website. I was blown away with their technical mastery and also by how memorable their songs are, they have great hooks. Been checking out their last couple of albums too, very impressed. Gonna definitely pick this up and perhaps look out for them on tour.

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    • BlueMoonRising     July 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Can’t say I have ever given these guys a chance before… In fact I don’t think I have ever heard their music at all before today. This album is fucking killer!

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     August 7, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Tony Robbins and I were listening to this today, reading the lyrics. Like so many good artists, David’s very in tune with a lot of the social and environmental problems we face. Though it’s easier pointing out problems rather than pointing out solutions, denial is still a strong foe and battling it’s foundation is vital.
      I feel very inspired and stronger cemented beliefs in that we all have a chance to make a chain reaction of good choices. I know not many agree with me, but you all not only have an impact on the music industry, but the wellbeing of this whole rock that flies around in space.
      That’s what David’s doing (along with many other great artists), just a dude that can make seriously kick ass music, writing what he feels is important, and I get to take it with me and hopefully inspire someone else to get closer to truth.

      I particularly appreciate the lyrics of “Numbing Agents,” “Fracked,” and “Invidious.”

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