Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Revocation "Great Is Our Sin" (2016)

They were once my shining beacon of hope for Metal music and as my taste expanded their impact on me faded. Disappointed by "Deathless" I wasn't going to get to excited over the Boston based outfits sixth full length record but from the first listen I knew this was something to get my teeth into. With the departure original drummer Dubois-Coyne the band were set to loose a key component of their sound, however replacement Ash Pearson from Canadian Metal band 3 Inches Of Blood does his service, providing the band with a technical backbone, armed to the teeth with tight rattling drums that bludgeon away between shuffles, rolls and blast beats. He does have a tenancy to dive into lengthy pedal rolls but the general intensity is spot on, if not toned down slightly from previous records, accommodating the guitars more so than firing aside them. With David showing no signs of losing inspiration "Great Is Our Sin" is ten tracks of dense, crafted Metal loosely themed around the woes of humanity repeating the failings of history.

With tinges of Black, Death and Thrash a thick and sprawling beast unravels from within the violence of aggressive music. With darkness, aggression and groove these songs take steadily progressing journeys through David's arsenal of lively riffs, never settling on a repetitive moment, as the band so traditionally do. On this record though the tint is darker and the moods of the songs jump around a little more with some of the more pummeling riffs against those with a less menacing demeanor. And then there's David's guitar solos bursting into life with purpose and intent, able to illuminate a song and as he so typically does, use a guitar solo to swiftly transform. The range of riffs are remarkable, never a dull moment and so distinctly Revocation it is a comforting listen to an old fan.

Moments like the instrumental "The Exaltation" are like flashbacks to the days I first discovered their "Empire Of The Obscene" debut. A song that bursts into classic Thrash between moody atmospheric riffs and a guitar solo reminiscent of Megadeth in their hay day. That excitement isn't as available on every track, some of which are more rooted in the dooming atmosphere of mankind's perils. Its in these slower, crushing moments that Revocations grip isn't as tight. As their sound progresses it has yet to stale but for me David's guitar work and style doesn't catch me out as often as it used to and with a more expansive interest the purist Metal intent is sometimes the less interesting choice to listen to.

"Great Is Our Sin" is a loaded gun of sharp guitar shredding, the trios chemistry sounding great on a sturdy production that I hear no faults in. Every moment is crisp, sharp and audible between each of the instruments. The bass is a little less adventurous than I remember with only a couple of memorable moments where it made an impact in the forefront of the song. David's vocals are biting, thick with anger and animosity, his range a little more defined and his scream packing more meat than I remember previously. He also flexes some cleaner vocals, deep bellows and sung lines fit perfectly into the albums theme. I think its a cracking album that's probably a fair few shades better than my enjoyment of it.

Favorite Tracks: Arbiters Of The Apocalypse, Crumbling Imperium, The Exaltation, Only The Spineless Survive, Cleaving Giants Of Ice
Rating: 7/10