"Revocation" (Relapse; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This is Revocation's fourth disc of technical death metal and I think they just keep getting better! I stumbled on to their sound with the track "Dismantle The Dictator" off the the disc "Existence is Futile" (2009) and I've been hooked ever since. I've never been a fan of death metal vocals primarily because I grew up in the 80s when singers sang but, over the years, I relied more on the music to move me than the vocalist to capture me. David Davidson is a true death metal vocalist but his guitar prowess is all technical metal which I find amazing.

Each song has tons of time signatures. There is never a dull moment with "Revocation" because the music never settles into one groove unless that groove is technical. It takes a lot of skill to play technical metal. That style is reserved for the quick of hand and mind. Each track on "Revocation" has excellent guitar and bass, the drumming is beyond what I've heard in a long time; even progressive music could take a lesson or two from technical metal. Sometimes you hear a band or a song and if you play guitar you might think about learning that riff you love so much. With Revocation I just sit and listen because I'd rather enjoy their talent than to try and bust mine into pieces.

The guitar of "Revocation" is the focus. There are plenty of chunky riffs and head-banging is a must. The solos, when they come roaring in, are excellent. This disc is only ten tracks but if you pick up the deluxe edition you can snag the extra track, a cover of "Dyers Eve" by Metallica.

Revocation: David Davidson - lead vocals, guitar; Brett Bramberger - bass guitar; Phil Dubois-Coyne - drums, percussion; Dan Gargiulo - guitar..

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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