Revolting
Dreadful Pleasures


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hoppipolla USER (1 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2010 | 36 replies | 6,541 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does the chick on the front of the album look like she enjoys being chased around by a gigantic sea beast? No, because she hasn't heard this yet.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

After the death of 2008 and becoming the favourite record label of metalheads around the world, Razorback Records are back and have opened 2009 right where 2008 ended. In the latter year, this label have single-handedly proven that Old School Death Metal is alive and kicking by introducing us to bands similar to Acid Witch and Hooded Menace. Last year, 2009, just to avoid any confusion, RR have introduced us to Old School Death Metal act, Revolting. Revolting manage to perform that trick that many Razorback bands do oh so well, creating music with not even a suggestion of any modern influence. From the groovy, intricate leads on Sheetar The Bloodqueen to the menacing doom of the title track, it all feels very 90's-esque, recalling the days when death metal was at its peak, thanks to many bands from Sweden or Florida, before the scene began to get overrun with modernization.

Dreadful Pleasures clocks in at just over half an hour, which is a brief and powerful serving of catchy and heavy death metal. The vocals are provided by death metal legend Rogga Johansson, who's growls exhibit the hollowness of Matti Karki on Carnage's Dark Recollections, and appropriately enough, the music often shows the same heaviness. The huge guitar sound of Grave's debut, Into The Grave, is also an influence on tracks like They're Not Human. Similarly to Grave, the verses see the pace accelerating, highlighting the band's ability to utilize extremely fast speeds and aggressive vocals.

The production is a little thinner that the aforementioned classics mentioned in the above paragraph, which certainly aids the vintage, old school feel better than the album cover, which looks like Japanese Monster Hentai... Or a classic Razorback Records album cover by some struggling, local death metal band. The production allows the wailing riffs of They're Not Human and Moonshine Mutation to become baleful, but fortunately the slower moments manage to retain plenty of thickness.

My only complaint, if you can call it that, is the lack of originality. Although this won't bother most, Revolting are one of those bands who can make a thoroughly enjoyable listen simply by the merit of sticking by the tired yet true formula for a death metal track. Rogga plays either catchily repetitive tremolo lines, even catchier lines in Overtaken By The Crawling and Brainwaves Of Death or almost as catchy and slow as a traditional, menacing Swedish death metal riff. Actually, it isn't really a complaint, as that whole approach sounds great throughout, although you'll have to look elsewhere for originality. The simplicity of the album allows it to flow very well, and, combined with its short length, makes it very tempting for repeated listens.

Old School Death Metal is one hell of a genre, perhaps, along with thrash metal, one of the best genres the metal world has ever encountered. If we look at thrash metal, it seems that the aging bands are trying to make a comeback, trying to relive the glory days as the phrase goes. Dreadful Pleasures definitely has the spirit of the old days, without embarrassing itself by trying too hard. And I can say without a doubt, this is one hell of a trip. Buy it, steal it, whatever. And, if you manage to get arrested or caught, you won't regret it.


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Hoppipolla
June 2nd 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Currently one of my favourite Razorback Records bands... Check this out, especially if you're a big fan of the label. If you are, then you know what to expect.

FadeToBlack
June 2nd 2010



10913 Comments


I love how the monster is basically a vagina

Hoppipolla
June 2nd 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OMG, the man speaks truths. Never noticed that. So... Is the album art talking about rough lesbian sex?

FadeToBlack
June 2nd 2010



10913 Comments


idk but i like. album rules so much

Hoppipolla
June 2nd 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You heard anything else from the label?

Dryden
June 2nd 2010



12928 Comments


coooool

CrucifyTheInnocents
June 2nd 2010



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hoppi, you heard Midnight Murder Mania?

Hoppipolla
June 2nd 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Frightmare's debut? Course.

combustion07
June 2nd 2010



5334 Comments


Album rules

coneren
June 2nd 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, this is fuckin' awesome

IRAI
June 2nd 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Razorback is one of my favorite labels. these guys slay so hard.

jingledeath
June 2nd 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their new one is better me thinks

BallsToTheWall
June 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed, except for Moonshine Mutation. Creature looks like a Cthulhu mutation.

FadeToBlack
June 2nd 2010



10913 Comments


[img]http://img15.nnm.ru/7/5/a/c/3/75ac306024e0f70b54ea95256c7db3c6_full.jpg[/img]

like i said that's definitley a vag

Relinquished
June 2nd 2010



24408 Comments


yeah I can see the hood and everything

BallsToTheWall
June 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pigeon man does not approve of your analysis.

Hoppipolla
June 3rd 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it loads. And yeah, Razorback are one of my favourite labels, along with Earache.

DeafMetal
March 28th 2011



8584 Comments


great review, rules

jingledeath
March 28th 2011



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pigeons?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2011



18005 Comments


This is awesome.

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