Perfectly blending style and brutality, today we have Revocation and their most refined opus to date: “The Outer Ones”. Featuring a sound that is reminiscent of bands like Death, Exmortus and Sylosis, this outfit delivers over 48 minutes of superbly crafted music that will keep you at the edge of your seat. While many bands focus on technicality just for the sake of it, Revocation actually crafts catchy and engaging songs that are highly technically proficient and headbangable from start to end.
Opening with the ravaging “Of Unworldly Origin”, we get crunchy Death Metal riffs paired with intense drumming and hellish vocals. With some killer guitar leads thrown into the mix, this track sets a very lively and engaging mood that feels old-school, but will all the advantages of a modern production. The band continues to show their melodic elements in well paced songs like “That Which Consumes All Things” and the brilliant “Blood Atonement”. This last track delivers intense twin guitars and crafty tempo changes alongside some funky trippy bass guitar elements.
Bringing on the Death worship, “Fathomless Catacombs” sounds like the lovechild between Death and Obscura, but with the distinctive Revocation signature style. Our favorite track has to be the dazzling album title track, features brilliant melodic passages that are both intense and at times even Proggy in nature. Closing the album in style, “Ex Nihilo”, “Luciferous” and “A Starless Darkness” have a more experimental approach with lush melodic passages mixed in with some aggressive passages, but definitely are more exploratory in nature.
As a whole, “The Outer Ones” is the band’s best album to date. Constantly improving and refining their style, Revocation is a force to be reckoned in the USA when it comes to crafty Death/Thrash Metal and they finally getting the attention they deserve. If you are a fan of bands like Cynic, Death, Obscura, Beyond Creation, etc., be sure to get a copy of this killer release and be prepared to be blown away by their musical creativity and technical proficiency.
|Album: The Outer Ones
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release: Septmebr 28th, 2018
Genre: Technical Death/Thrash Metal