Revocation
Great Is Our Sin


4.5
superb

Review

by cmaitland421 USER (48 Reviews)
July 21st, 2016 | 270 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Consistency reigns.

There are not too many active musicians in the present day who can match the blue-collar work ethic that Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Revocation has exhibited throughout their career. They've released a whopping seven projects (six full-length albums and an EP) in the past eight years and have not displayed an ounce of fatigue along the way as they continue to push the limit of what they're capable of as musicians with each new release they put out. Their latest offering Great is Our Sin-their third LP released in the last 35 months-is yet another booming, logic-defying success story for the death/thrash quartet.

The key to Revocation's longevity and consistency is their ability to make subtle changes to their sound without abandoning the unique combination of thrash and technical death metal that's defined them since their inception. Great is Our Sin is no different as it sees the band putting out their most thrash-influenced record since their 2009 breakout album Existence is Futile. Centerpiece tracks including "Theatre of Horror", "Communion" and "Copernican Hersey" grant guitarist/vocalist David Davidson and new drummer Ash Pearson (ex 3-Inches of Blood) the opportunity to run wild on their instruments and bring back the full-on aural assault vibe of their back catalog gems like "Deathonomics" and "Pestilence Reigns". There are a solid amount of departures into other genres throughout the album (the sinister, straight-up death metal of "Only the Spineless Survive, the unexpected, bizarre prog of "Cleaving Giants of Ice", the melo-death of "Monolithic Ignorance"), but Great is Our Sin is ultimately driven by fast, energetic and pissed-off songs that go full throttle at the listener's throat and never let up.

This may be the most straightforward thrash project they've released in ages, but the finest moments of Great is Our Sin end up being the sprawling, multi-genre tracks. "Profanum Vulgus" features balls-to-the-wall aggression and speed broken up by a staggering progressive mid-section while "Crumbling Imperium" regularly shifts between blistering sweep-picking and melodic riffing/soloing before ending on a death metal groove riff so punishing that it makes the finale of their 2013 standout track "Invidious" look like something from the Cats soundtrack. Revocation excels at playing a lot of different metal subgenres and despite their many successful forays into single-genre fare, they're at their absolute best when they're combining a number of styles on the same track.

It really shouldn't be the case given their track record, but the unwavering quality of Revocation's music continues to surprise me. Revocation's consistency is a welcome anomaly at a time where a lot of modern metal bands seem to be losing their killer instinct and flare for creativity faster than ever. Every generation of metal has an unheralded act that never gets the level of attention or praise they deserve and Great is Our Sin further solidifies Revocation's grasp on that unfortunate yet commendable distinction for the 2010's.



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cmaitland421
July 21st 2016


407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album Stream: http://lambgoat.com/bits/10959/REVOCATION-stream-new-album



My pre-order showed up last Saturday, so I've been jamming the shit out of this all week. Comments, feedback, witty banter, etc. are welcome as always.

bloc
July 21st 2016


53033 Comments


Yep this band is solid as a fuckin' rock. Easily one of the most reliable bands in modern metal. I dunno how they do it.

Happy to hear that they've made another killer album.

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Kusangii
July 21st 2016


2052 Comments


Last release was solid so this better deliver

Solid review too.

cmaitland421
July 21st 2016


407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Last release was solid so this better deliver"

If you liked Deathless, there's almost zero chance you won't like this.



Sevengill
July 21st 2016


8727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yes. Most anticipated release of the summer for me. Good review too.

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Essence
July 21st 2016


6238 Comments


production on this one is beefy and low end oriented, me like

YuriZakhaev
July 21st 2016


442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocals get better and better every album, I swear. That Slayer cover, too

Essence
July 21st 2016


6238 Comments


yeah his vocals have really come a LONG way

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2016


3016 Comments


Artwork for this is absolutely gorgeous.

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TRSimbolic
July 22nd 2016


20 Comments


is this band even any good i keep hearing they're emotionless and meh

tempest--
July 22nd 2016


20626 Comments


imo they're the best faux thrash band out there so if you dig faux thrash from time to time i'm sure you'd dig simbrolic

cmaitland421
July 22nd 2016


407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"is this band even any good i keep hearing they're emotionless and meh"

Give them a listen and see for yourself.



bloc
July 22nd 2016


53033 Comments


Don't know anyone who listens to Revocation for the emotions

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2016


2582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Artwork for this is absolutely gorgeous."



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Really good album, though probably my second least favourite in their discography. Though only by a little bit; the band have such a consistent streak that I can hardly complain.

MuhNamesTyler
July 22nd 2016


6456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally forgot this was coming out, what a nice surprise to wake up to.



Album is awesome

Sevengill
July 22nd 2016


8727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The emotions are the same as most any thrash band, except maybe a little more philosophical in their anger. It's DD's crazy fucking jazz-metal guitar barrage that everyone comes for.

trilogique21
July 22nd 2016


2132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been listening for a few weeks think this is my favorite of theirs. diggin' Dan bringing some of Artificial Brain to the songs here.

Sevengill
July 22nd 2016


8727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3.6, 3.8, 3.8, 3.8, 3.9, 4.0



who do these guys think they are, Chevelle?

brainmelter
July 22nd 2016


6006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice to hear there is some artificial brain on here

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bloc
July 22nd 2016


53033 Comments


"who do these guys think they are, Chevelle?"

Haha I say the same thing all the time



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