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REVOCATION are an American, Boston, Massachusetts based death/ thrash metal act formed in 2006 by David Davidson on Guitar, Vocals, Phil Dubois-Coyne on Drums and Anthony Buda on Bass, Vocals. The band was initially using the name CRYPTIC WARNING but later changed their name to REVOCATION. REVOCATION play aggressive yet melodic death/ thrash metal. The band´s first release was the 2006 "Summon the Spawn" EP which was independently released. The band´s debut full-length studio album "Empire of the Obscene" from 2008 was initially self-released but was quickly picked up by Relapse Records, who gave the album a label release. The second full-length studio album "Existence Is Futile" was released through Relapse Records in September 2009.

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.. Album Cover 3.48 | 5 ratings
Empire of the Obscene
Thrash Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.49 | 7 ratings
Existence Is Futile
Thrash Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 9 ratings
Chaos of Forms
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.11 | 5 ratings
Revocation
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 4.11 | 7 ratings
Deathless
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.23 | 5 ratings
Great Is Our Sin
Thrash Metal 2016

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Summon the Spawn
Thrash Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.23 | 4 ratings
Teratogenesis
Thrash Metal 2012

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Label Showcase - Relapse Records
Thrash Metal 2012

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Decibel Flexi Series - "Pull the Plug"
Thrash Metal 2011

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REVOCATION Great Is Our Sin

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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"Great Is Our Sin" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Massachusetts based thrash metal act Revocation. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in July 2016. It´s the successor to "Deathless" from 2014. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne has been replaced by Ash Pearson. Marty Friedman guests on the instrumental "The Exaltation" with a guitar lead.

Stylistically this is pretty much Revocation as we know them. Technically well played death/thrash with strong melodic sensibilities. So there is very little new here if you´re already familiar with the band´s trademark style. Maybe a few more "clean" vocals (they aren´t really clean, but more a semi-raw type of singing) to compliment the predominantly raw and aggressive vocals on the album, but that´s about it. So the band haven´t developed their style much since the last couple of releases, but what you get instead of stylistic development are well written compositions, high level musicianship, and a powerful sounding production. Revocation are one of those acts who can rip you apart when they set their mind to it or make your jaw drop with crazy fast-paced rhythms, riffs, and guitar solos when they feel like doing that. In other words they are an act who can pretty much do what they want to because they got the skills to do it.

The material on the 11 track, 47:53 minutes long album are generally strong, and it doesn´t take many spins before you´re able to remember most tracks. I still think they could work a little more on the hooks though. There are plenty of melodic moments throughout the album and and also some memorable vocal parts, but it´s probably in the latter department that Revocation could improve a bit. As usual Revocation have included an instrumental in "The Exaltation", which showcases their great playing skills, but also their diversity. "Great Is Our Sin" closes with a cover of "Altar of Sacrifice" by Slayer, and it´s obvious that Revocation feel completely at home playing this track, which I think they do a lot of justice.

"Great Is Our Sin" features a powerful, detailed, and professional sounding production, which suits the material well. To my ears the band have had better productions on some of their preceding releases, but this one is of high quality too. So upon conclusion there´s not much to complain about here, other than a lack of development of sound, but Revocation pull it off with their incredible playing skills and powerful delivery, and when I´m done complaining about the lack of hooks, and other minor issues about the compositions, the material is still top notch death/thrash and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

REVOCATION Great Is Our Sin

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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Even going back to their debut album, Empire Of The Obscene, in 2008, Revocation impressed with skilled musicianship and an impressive collection of complex thrash metal. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength up to album number six, Great is Our Sin, arguably their best yet.

Nothing much has changed since 2014’s Deathless, it’s another thrash/death metal album with highly complex and technical arrangements and some of the finest musicianship you’ll come across in the genre. Always inventive and never sitting in one place for long enough to become stale, the eleven songs, including a faithful cover of Slayer’s Altars Of Sacrifice, twist and turn through numerous changes with an awesome collection of hard hitting riffs. Instrumental, The Exaltation is a proof in point that even without the vocals the instrumental work of these players is simply jaw dropping. The drumming of Ash Pearson is incredibly inventive with precision and speed with some impressive fills alongside compelling rhythmic work. Likewise the guitar work of David Davidson and Dan Gargiulo is equally so with an impressive barrage of riffs, heavy as hell, throwing in some Voivod style discordant riffs but heavier. On top of that there’s some fantastic solos injected with a strong sense of melody. Brett Bamberger’s bass is the rock solid bottom end, less obvious but equally impressive and essential for the tightness of this band.

Picking favourites is not easy but Copernican Heresy might just be it with its dissonant guitar arpeggios played at lightning speed whilst the complex off beat drum patterns and blast beats mirror them. Awesome stuff! To be honest though the album is full of equally impressive moments. The icing on the cake here is the injection of death metal heaviness into the razor sharp thrash riffs giving them a harder edge.

Great Is Our Sin is the best album I’ve heard in the thrash genre this year, even topping Vektor’s excellent Terminal Redux. It seems there’s no stopping these guys. Essential listening for thrash and death fans alike.

REVOCATION Great Is Our Sin

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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Theatre of metal...

Genre: death-thrash

After five critically acclaimed albums, the masters of tech death-thrash are back with their sixth full-length effort in the form of "Great Is Our Sin".

Once again, the album is a lesson in how to make tech thrash which never becomes too high-brow to retain the primal aggression that characterizes the thrash metal genre. At the same time, as on the previous albums, the compositions on "Great Is Our Sin" is sophisticated and varied enough that it should keep most listeners interested through the entirety of the album. While undoubtedly a death-thrash release, "Great Is Our Sin" features influences from several different subgenres of extreme metal, and a certain melodicism also pervades the album without it ever becoming poppy like much melodic metalcore has become.

The production is crisp and well defined. Needless to say, the musicianship and songwriting skills showcased on the album are impeccable.

Like pretty much all other output by this band, "Great Is Our Sin" is a well-wrought thrash metal album, and fans of the band should definitely check it out. Fans of thrash metal more broadly, and tech thrash as well as death-thrash more specifically are also likely to enjoy "Great Is Our Sin".

REVOCATION Empire of the Obscene

Album · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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Metal from the crypt...

Genre: Tech thrash metal

Originally released in 2008, "Empire of the Obscene" was reissued on Metal Blade in November, 2015. In addition to the album itself, the reissued version contains three demo tracks from 2006.

All tracks on the album are strong. They're well written. They're well produced. They're well performed. While technical, the thrash metal on this album still grabs you by the ankles and slam you against the wall. There are plenty of crushing riffs and there is loads of energy on this album. So, while it is technically impressive, it is still an album that has the anger that defines thrash metal.

The three bonus tracks on the reissued version are from the "Summoning the Spawn" demo. They probably appeal most to die-hard Revocation fans, seeing that the demo itself is very difficult to get a hold on. I think that casual listeners can live without these bonus tracks. Still, if you don't own the album and are looking to buy it anyway, you might as well purchase the reissue.

The songs on this album should appeal to fans of Invocator's debut album as well as fans of the likes of Target, Dark Angel, and Voivod.

REVOCATION Deathless

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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"Deathless" is the 5th full-length studio album by US death/thrash metal act Revocation. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in October 2014. Since their inception in 2006 (they existed from 2000-2006 under the Cryptic Warning monicker), Revocation has moved fast up the popularity ladder and have fine tuned their brand of technically well played death/thrash metal in the process, and with "Deathless" their high profile is bound to be affected in a positive way again.

Revocation have an easily recognisable sound, and you´re never in doubt that it´s them playing, which is a great strength. To create and perform a distinct sounding musical style is probably THE single most important task for any artist but it´s also the most difficult one. Within a relatively conservative and stylistically narrow death/thrash style it´s probably even harder. The music on "Deathless" in many ways resembles a lot of other death/thrash metal with technically well played thrashy riffing and ditto drumming, raw rabid dog snarling vocals/semi-growling, and a strong focus on aggression and energy. Revocation is generally a bit more inventive than most acts in the genre though (and occasionally a bit more melodic too), and their riffs are often pretty adventurous for the style and generally just incredibly catchy and played with an attitude. The very well played and melodic guitar solos, which are basically very fast played blues based solos, that provide the music with a high energy rock´n´roll feeling, not completely unlike Jeff Waters (Annihilator) solos do sometimes, also deserves a mention, as they are a great asset to the band´s music.

The material are generally of high quality. There´s both focus on aggression but also on sophistication in the way the tracks are arranged. Several of the tracks could be mentioned as highlights, but I think some of the more direct and aggressive tracks like "Scorched Earth Policy" and "The Fix" deserve a mention, as well as the instrumental "Apex", which is a track displaying that lead guitarist/vocalist David Davidson could easily release an instrumental guitar album sometime in the future, if he should wish to. In addition to the original material on the 10 track, 48:31 minutes long album, Revocation have chosen to include a cover of "Sworn to the Black" by Morbid Angel on the deluxe version of the album.

"Deathless" features a powerful, clear, and raw sound production too (courtesy of Zeuss, who the band had worked with before on the "Teratogenesis (2012)" EP), which is another asset along with the relatively adventurous songwriting, and the high level musicianship. The sometimes silly progressive excursions, that Revocation have occasionally ventured into in the past, are kept to a minimum on "Deathless" ("Apex" is the track, which features most adventurous ideas, and even that track still works well within the concept of the album), and personally I´m happy they´ve opted to weed out those little tricks, because to my ears those were unneccesary distractions from an otherwise great product. As mentioned the music is still relatively adventurous for the style, but the band have become better with the years to incorporate their most innovative ideas in the basic structures of their songs, instead of having them pop up unexpected to bewilder the listener. Overall "Deathless" is another high quality release by Revocation and a 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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