Sunday, September 20, 2009

Revocation - Existence is Futile (2009)

1. Enter The Hall
2. Pestilence Reigns
3. Deathonomics
4. Existence Is Futile
5. The Brain Scramblers
6. Across Forests And Fjords
7. Re-Animaniac
8. Dismantle The Dictator
9. Anthem Of The Betrayed
10. Leviathan Awaits
11. Tragedy Of Modern Ages

Origin - USA
Style - Technical Death/Thrash Metal

" Remember in 2008 when Revocation's debut topped my list?......Well now Boston's finest is back with their 2nd full length...Let's see if it makes it a second year in a row "

" Revocation draws from the best aspects of the metal world on their Relapse debut Existence Is Futile. The trio blends world class musicianship with a pronounced technical flair; songs twist, turn, and stop on a dime as dizzying solos dance with thrash metals razor-sharp precision to create an album greater than the sum of its parts. Existence is Futile transcends all of modern metals sub-genres and labels and firmly establishes Revocation as one of the finest new metal bands of the 21st century "

" “Existence is Futile” is filled to the brim with songs that flow exceptionally well (Deathonomics, Leviathan Awaits), showcase astoundingly memorable riffs (Pestilence Reigns, The Brain Scramblers), and even feature a few welcome surprises (Dismantle the Dictator). To top it all off, closing track The Tragedy of Modern Ages features an outro that comes dangerously close (in terms of sheer awesomeness) to Opeth’s Deliverance or Meshuggah’s Straws Pulled at Random "

" In addition to the fantastic riffs and songwriting, we’re treated to some formidable drumming, audible bass (hey… in metal that’s a definite plus!) and solos, Solos, SOLOS, SOLOS!!! (which of course, rule). The vocals are adequate, but for the most part, tend to be very well suited to the songs themselves (and the occasional gang vocals are a nice touch)....And they left out!...The only thing I did not like about the first record....The pig squeals !...None to be found here.....Good on the band for not bringing that back"

In closing: You will not find a better record this year that crosses so many genres...Is technical enough for the tech freaks...Is heavy enough for the Death Metal fan's and catchy enough for the casual listener.....I'm not saying its my album of the year!......But I'm not saying it isn't........

Back In Town !....Burn It Down !

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