Saturday, 19 July 2014
CD Review: Existence Is Futile, by Revocation (2009)
The second studio album from Boston's Revocation, Existence Is Futile is a mixed bag, the quality featuring as much variety as the broad stylistic range the band is known for.
When Revocation do galvanize and deliver, it is often David Davidson's guitar work that leads from the front with melody-rich themes. The best selections are the two instrumental tracks, opener Enter The Hall an epic 2:27 intro full of muscular promise and stunning if straightforward guitar sweeps from Davidson. The back half of the track breaks into a galloping rhythm, crashing into the hall on the wings of thrash strumming at illegal speeds.
Across Forests And Fjords is longer and more expansive, breathing deeply from terrain that sustains metal, Davidson playing the role of point man and chief scout, his guitar work darting all over the landscape. The soaring solo break at the three minute mark salutes the best of Arch Enemy.
Anthem Of The Betrayed is the best track with vocals, the chugging strumming coming back to anchor one of the longer and more complex compositions on the album.
Existence Is Futile contains tasteful hints of what the band is capable of, but also plenty of examples of good talent squandered in over-ambitious directions.
David Davidson - Guitar, Vocals
Phil Dubois-Coyne - Drums
Anthony Buda - Bass, Vocals
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Enter The Hall - 10 (instrumental)
2. Pestilence Reigns - 7
3. Deathonomics - 7
4. Existence Is Futile - 6
5. The Brain Scramblers - 6
6. Across Forests And Fjords - 8 (instrumental)
7. Re-Animaniac - 7
8. Dismantle The Dictator - 7
9. Anthem Of The Betrayed - 8
10. Leviathan Awaits - 7
11. The Tragedy Of Modern Ages - 7
Produced by Pete Rutcho and Revocation.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Pete Rutcho.
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