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Revocation - The Outer Ones Award winner

The Outer Ones
by Logan Newbanks at 01 October 2018, 1:24 PM

What I would say to sum up REVOCATION’S  career in a nutshell in one word: Precision. In my opinion REVOCATION is one of the tightest bands in metal today. You would expect this to be said more about some of the tech death players, but I would say revocation falls somewhere between tech death and thrash. The songs they craft are absolutely surgical in execution, crafted with a scalpel more than with an axe.   I actually don't consider this to be the greatest of virtues in metal, but it definitely adds to this bands appeal. Upon my first 3-4 listens “The Outer Ones” is a grower of an album. My first listen I would have told you It is my least favorite of their albums, My favorite being that Scion EP they did. However upon multiple listens, I’m catching little progressive nuances in songs like “Fathomless Catacombs”  that warrant revisiting the songs over and over again for the nuances in the compositions. The solos front man and guitarist Davidson writes are fucking exquisite.

The solo in “Of Unworldly Origin” right off the bat on their first single shows you what this band is all about. While I don't think it is the best solo on the album, due to its odd mashing in the song compared to the solos in the other songs, it is one of the sickest solos I’ve heard this year. Solos are only a small portion of what makes this album great so let’s move on to commend the drumming by Ash Pearson. They are as crisp as ever without trying to overshadow the songwriting. Brett’s bass ties in so nicely in songs like “Vanitas,” the two of them entwine to make a fantastic overall rhythm section. Nobody in this band is pulling a half effort and the final product really shines as it always does with REVOCATION.

Let’s talk about the song “Ex Nihilo”  for a minute. Jesus Christ, this is the kind of song I want to see performed live. The band makes a turn into instrumental progressive territory in such a way it doesn’t feel copy pasted oddly into the album. The overall song super technical in a way that doesn’t drag on or become lost in its attempt to impress. The writing really draws a mental picture when you listen. Songs like this in particular what sets the band apart from their peers. “Luciferous” recalls some of the best of melodic death metal from CARCASS to end of career DISSECTION   in its fury. Each song is like a piece of a Salvador Dali painting in that it is a self contained world that builds part of a bigger picture.

I started off liking this album the least in their discography, But at this rate it may become my favorite with subsequent spins. Why they have made it this far and are not bigger than they are is beyond me. With such a rock-solid discography, they've pretty much asserted their dominance in their niche of technical thrash meets death metal. Overall: I don’t like giving albums perfect reviews for the same reason most reviewers do. Maybe in  year I can revisit my feelings and see if I still feel as strongly as I do about “The Outer Ones.” It definitely has AOTY potential for sure. Maybe even an album we can reflect back on years from now with just utter reverence for how much good metal has come out of 2018. We truly live in a great time for music.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Of Unworldly Origin
2. That Which Consumes All Things
3. Blood Atonement
4. Fathomless Catacombs
5. The Outer Ones
6. Vanitas
7. Ex Nihilo
8. Luciferous
9. A Starless Darkness
David Davidson - Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo - Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger - Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson - Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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