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REVOCATION

Revocation

(Relapse Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.5

Boston has always had a rich musical history; from classic rock delivered by bands such as AEROSMITH and BOSTON, to brutal hardcore of GANG GREEN and CONVERGE to melodic metalcore from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHADOWS FALL. Technical thrashers REVOCATION, led by Berklee College of Music grad vocalist/guitarist David Davidson, bring a bit of innovative zest within its vast musical landscape. Revocation’s self-titled fourth full-length release is their latest calling card, and it's loaded with melodic, rhythmic extremities and ferocious riffs.

From the bee-swarm swirling riffs of CD opener ‘The Hive’ to the infectious, funkified instrumental of ’Spastic’ to the surprisingly-innovative banjo segment on ‘Invidious, the band’s various musical influences and experimentation gives it a different flair that other bands in this genre just don’t have. It’s a good mix of thrash, hardcore, jazz fusion and metalcore. Davidson is very much a metal guitar player but he’s heavily influenced by jazz guitar players and he constantly displays this with his intricate phrasings within his riffs and solos.

However, Davidson’s vocals don’t quite match up to his exceptional guitar skills. They are too monotone with not a lot of varying pitch; sounding too much like standard New England metalcore fare. However, on “Invidious’ he deploys a cleaner growl, which adds a bit more of a melodic element. Some songs are a bit too generic and lead to nowhere, while others flow gradually, such as ‘Arch Fiend.’ Overall, the band has progressed from album to album while their lineup has remained solid the past couple of years. A good, solid, seven and a half.




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