REVOCATION – Revocation

REVOCATION – Revocation

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If you’re a fan of technical thrash, then Boston quartet Revocation are likely to be on your radar right now.

This will definitely be the case if your ears were given a right royal battering by their 2011 juggernaut of an album Chaos Of Forms.

We’re now midway through 2013 and almost two years to the day since the aforementioned Chaos Of Forms was released. So what have these technical heavyweights morphed into since their last studio output, plus the subsequent year and a half spent on the road?

Well, to say more of the same would not only be an insult to the four thrashers, but it would also be massively disrespectful to the scintillating quality on offer across the ten tracks that make up this monster of an album. The main difference this time round is that this self-titled offering sees the quartet heading down a more song-driven route.

Not that there was anything wrong with the technical ferocity of their last album, but this time there are songs like Numbing Agents that not only possess the sort of musicianship that will have tech-metal fans creaming in their pants, but also offer up enough crunchy, neck-snapping, straight-up modern thrash to keep those of you who like your metal a little more straightforward happy too.

Of course there are plenty of moments throughout the course of this self-titled release when the quartet unleash their technical side and you’re left slightly in awe of their ability, but there are times when they just unleash some straight-up thrash and death metal. It then becomes very clear why this band have been sharing stages with the likes of tech metallers Dillinger Escape Plan and also death metal titans like Suffocation. Fracked is a perfect example of this – three and a half minutes of crunchy metal with a groove running through it that will have your head nodding within… ooh, about four seconds.

Invidious, on the other hand is a furious, juddering cocktail of fretboard mayhem. Sitting on the right side of chaos, there is so much going on during these four and a half minutes that, at some point, and I’m guessing it’ll probably be the last minute and a half, your head will feel like it is about to explode. There is no let up afterwards though. The Boston outfit continue the tech-metal onslaught with the scintillating Spastic, an instrumental that clocks in just shy of four minutes but demonstrates exactly why this quartet are currently one of the most talked about bands on the technical metal scene.

From the fretboard madness of David Davidson and Dan Gargiulo, to the genre-smashing drum blasts from Phil Dubois, Revocation are a band who are very much on top of their game and, in this self-titled album, have managed to deliver an album that will certainly put them up there with the big hitters in both the tech scene and the death metal scene.

Which, considering the quality of both scenes these days, is no mean feat.