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Revocation resounds on self-titled album

Posted by Scott McLennan  July 30, 2013 12:25 PM

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Revocation has long been a gem in the heavy-metal underground, first cathcing on in its Boston hometown then drawing a national following; it was no accident that Relapse Records picked up the band once Revocation found its sound with the independently produced "Empire of the Obscene" the group's first full-length recorded by guys who had started working together eight years earlier in an entirely different metal vein and under a different name.

Revocation's new self-titled album_ its fourth full-length_ is due out Tuesday, Aug. 6, and is another purposeful step toward greater acclaim and distinct character. As for the acclaim part, there is no messing with Revocation's sound, driven in large part by Dave Davidson's fierce guitar work that runs from elegant to lacerating. And for character building, "Revocation" shows the band stitching together elements of thrash, tech, and death for a sound not beholden to any one sub-genre of metal nor forced into trying to embrace every sub-genre of metal.

The songs never get too proggy (none of the 10 songs hits the six-minute mark), though each track flaunts blistering guitar work, maybe tucked into a bridge ("Arch Fiend") or tacked onto as an extended outro ("The Gift You Gave"), but there nonetheless.

The band also sounds like it is having a raging good time, taking down religious hypocrites with "Scattering the Flock," lambasting the 1% with "Entombed by Wealth," and letting loose a blast of enviro-metal with "Fracked."

Don't worry, Revocation isn't on a soap box. There are plenty of plain ol' weirdo songs too such as the maniacally paced "The Hive" and alien ode "The Visitation" (and there's a nice flash of humor when a banjo riff pops up for a few seconds in the battle cry "Invidious").
Revocation will play Saturday at the Palladium and release its new album Tuesday

Founding drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne is a relentless engine of double-time beats, but skilled at shaking up the rhythms through different transitions within and between songs. Second guitarist Dan Gargiulo, who came on board in 2010, adds sonic depth to the record, a role he developed through the band's live work. The new album is the first for bassist Brett Bamberger, who provides a subtle link between the guitarists and drummer.

"Revocation" arrives just as the band takes part in the Summer Slaughter tour headlined by Dillinger Escape Plan. That package arrives at the Palladium in Worcester on Saturday.

Here are a few tracks to get you pumped up for the show and the album's drop

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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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