REVIEW
REVOCATION - Existence is Futile
Released: October 5th, 2009 | Label: Relapse | Rating: 5/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Relapse



01. Enter the Hall
02. Pestilence Reigns
03. Deathonomics
04. Existence is Futile
05. The Brain Scramblers
06. Across Forests and Fjords
07. ReaniManiac
08. Dismantle the Dictator
09. Anthem of the Betrayed
10. Leviathan Awaits
11. Tragedy of Modern Ages

The American trio Revocation plays a blend of death and thrash metal added lots of technique. I don't find this mix all that exciting - the band definitely masters the trade, but unfortunately there's long between the interesting parts in the songs.

The appealing parts tends to vanish among lots of uninteresting things, but it's not like Revocation can be accused of being trivial. The trio knows how to vary the music - there are lots of turns, stops and twists in the songs. The bass also take up a lot of room in the music. All of this is added a good share of guitar-wanking.

Revocation have lots of technical flair, but that alone doesn't make Existence is Futile good. "Dismantle the Dictator" is an example of what the problems are on Existence is Futile - there's not a lot of energy in the riffs and often the music feels like a mess because of the different inputs.

The music is also weakest when Revocation go for the more moderate and slow, which the trio unfortunately does often. There are times like on "Leviathan Awaits" where the Americans play fast and that is also where the band appears the strongest.

Revocation got talent, no doubt about that, but Existence is Futile is not all that convincing. This reviewer was bored most of the time, but if you like Death, Testament or Arch Enemy then you probably like this a lot more than I did.





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