"Wild Unraveling" (Self-produced; 2015)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Revolt Revolt's "Wild Unraveling" is one strange cat of an EP. It's got vocals that bring to mind the legendary Lou Reed, stoner rhythms, buzzy guitars and is occasionally stabbed with industrial and space sounds to create an odd, but fascinating, conglomeration.

The five songs on this EP will surprise you with their daring inventiveness. Each one contains at least one element that will have you raising your eyebrows, thinking "Well, I didn't expect that." And surprise is good; music shouldn't be paint-by-number.

The lyrics are intense and thoughtful as well; no party lyrics here. According to the band's Christopher Bock: 'The lyrics and music on this record are about being on the edge. The songs all talk about being on the edge, not knowing, realizing that nothing is sure in life, but change."

My only concern is that the tracks all sound a little too alike, and the droning pace sometimes a bit too much, but I'm certain that's something that will disappear on subsequent listenings and I am very much looking forward to going back and experiencing "Wild Unraveling" again.

Revolt Revolt:  Christopher Bock - vocals; Jacob Fredrickson - bass, Ben Wieland - drums; Mike Muir - 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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