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Revocation – Netherheaven Review – Your Online Magazine For Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

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September 9, 2022

Line up:

Dave Davidson – Guitar/Vocal

Brett Bamberger – Bass

Ash Pearson – Drums

List of tracks:

1 – Devilish Majesty

2 – Lessons in occult flight

3 – Nihilistic violence

4 – Strange and Eternal

5 – Galleries of morbid art

6 – The 9th Chasm

7 – Abandoned

8 – The intermediate abyss of unspeakable eons

9 – Re-Crucified

Revocation returns, after four years with a smoldering, vicious and dark slab of satanic death metal based on the writings of Dante Alighieri, Robert W. Chambers and Chris Hedges. They address religion, including Catholicism, hypocrisy, politics, demonic symbolism and the occult. All great metal topics if you ask me. Interestingly, one of the songs is about the struggle to put a Baphomet statue outside of a satanic temple in Salem which is on government land. Talk about free speech and the separation of church and state.

“Diabolical Majesty” cuts to the chase with a wicked riff and fast kick drum action, then vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson unleashes a verbal tirade so vicious your ears will burn and a barrage of unholy riffs that could summon villains from all over the place. downstairs. “Lessons In Occult Theft” attacks the throat and other body parts with an iron fist and doesn’t let go until you’ve been thoroughly beaten, then “Nihilistic Violence” gives you another bloody now that you’re down. It’s catchy music and perfect for a big pit at a festival – good violent friendly fun, someone once said. ‘Strange And Eternal’ has Davidson shredding like a pro before launching into a riff that feels like he’s been slashed with rusty barbed wire — this is serious business. Things drop to the chilling intro to “Galeries Of Morbid Artistry” which turns into a crushing beast allowing Bamberger and Pearson to lock themselves in and drive this one straight to hell! “The 9th Chasm” is a mad metal instrument where drummer Ash Pearson beats seven different shades of his kit, then “Godforsaken” embarks on a massive tour through rapture (!) But with an evil twist before “The Intervening Abyss Of Untold Aeons takes over with a slow malicious intro, then it explodes into a real death metal ride with loads of double kicks and some nasty riffs. The final track “Re-Crucified” has the recently deceased Trevor Strnad and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher helping out on vocals, so you know it’s going to be heavy, and is it ever? Worth the price of the album just for this number.

Death metal isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I think a lot of heavy metal fans will enjoy at least some of it. Dave Davidson wrote his masterpiece. The songs are tight and well created with great riffs and believe it or not the solos are quite melodic. Yeah, it’s heavy, it’s mean and vicious but it has something to say and it gets the message across. Death Metal Album of the Year? – Maybe. It must take something exceptional to top it off.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Smudge

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