Revenant
Prophecies of a Dying World


4.5
superb

Review

by RCA USER (7 Reviews)
January 21st, 2005 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


Band: Revenant (US)
Album: “Prophecies of a Dying World"
Year: 1991
Label: Rage/Nuclear Blast
Studio: Quantum Sound

Lineup:
Will Corcoran - Drums
Dave Jengo - Guitar
Tim Scott - Bass
Henry Veggian - Vocals, Guitar

Revenant was an underground death/thrash band that formed back in 1987. After releasing four demos and one single, they recorded “Prophecies of a Dying World," which is their first and only full-length release. This album is full of tempo changes and eerie phrases and melodies, and is quite technical. There are also some progressive elements in the music. I also must point out that the lyrics on this album are pure genius. Most of the songs’ lyrical content is inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft as well.

Pros:

The use of harmonies on this album really brings the music to a new level. They sound a bit off-key, but they sound pretty eerie which gives the music a dark, haunting edge. The guitar tone is crunchy, but isn’t overtly sludgy where you can’t hear the riffs. The lead work is solid as well. It’s not all wankery and showing off of skills, they fit in with the song just right. No lead or solo on this album sounds out of place.

The drumming on this album is also done nicely. Double bass, of course, really sounds great under those heavy riffs. The fast thrashers on this album aren’t chock full of mindless meatbeats either. Although there is some blasting going on, it doesn’t go on for forever and a day. The drum patterns on the album sound reminiscent of Obituary’s “Cause of Death," just they’re played a lot faster.

Now, back to the lyrics. As I said earlier, they are VERY well written. I also said before that they were influenced by Lovecraft. Now, before making the presumption that they are cheesy just due to the fact that they are “Lovecraftian," take some time to listen to the lyrics.

“I ascend from eternal crypts my purity reinstated
Cleansed of my human faults
I accept the existence to which I am fated."

The excerpt above is taken from the title track of the album. The lyrics sound like they are telling some sort of great legend. It’s quite fascinating to read if you’re into literature and the like.

Cons:

Sometimes the drumming gets in the way of a riff, most notably when the pace picks up near the beginning of “Ancestral Shadows." The snare drum just overpowers that tremolo riff. A good ear can hear through this problem though. Another problem I have with the record is that some songs just seem to “stop." Other than that, nothing is really wrong with the album.

Fans of death or brutal thrash metal should become acquainted with this album if they haven’t already.

Standout tracks:
1. Prophecies of A Dying World
2. Ancestral Shadows
5. In The Dark of a Psychic Unknown
6. Asphyxiated Time
7. Distant Time
8. Valedictions
9. Degeneration



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metal-militia
January 21st 2005


3 Comments


nice one

LordDargon
January 22nd 2005


165 Comments


This is so well written. As you stated, nothing on it sounds out of place, like they were trying to show off, impress you, or write filller. It's all essential, and the lyrics are incredible!

5/5 just for being a classic

TheSpirit
March 8th 2011


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album slays

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BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2011


44472 Comments


Sold.

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MisterSteel
November 16th 2011


453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump for a fantastic album.

MO
August 17th 2012


18743 Comments


rules

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
February 23rd 2013


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome

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CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bumpz


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CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

riff on ancestral shodows at 6:11

CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dddddddaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrkkkkkkk aaaaaaaabbbbbbbbbbyyyyyyyyssssssssss

CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam that solo on the unearthly at 2:07

CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same


CaptainDooRight
April 15th 2013


29354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

asphyxiated times ruls

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014


18514 Comments


diggin this atm

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KILL
May 24th 2014


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the opener ripped my asshole a new cleft holy fuck

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ResidentNihilist
June 13th 2014


1054 Comments


good album

KILL
June 13th 2014


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

those out of time double bass parts omg perfection



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