Revocation seem to be a band who have met with immediate success, forming in 2006, and already having released two albums previous to this, their latest. Revocation play a fast, furious brand of technical-thrash, which seems to succeed in being relatively catchy, despite the absolute maelstrom of things going on within most of the songs.
While the guitar-tone, and to an extent the drums, are impressive, and in the case of the former, rather noteworthy, I found the vocals very underwhelming. A decent growl exists here and there, and there are some badass backing vocals (possibly synth) in tracks like "Conjuring the Cataclysm", a lot of the vocals sound rather generic, leaning towards an easy-peasy metalcore unimpressiveness, although they certainly do their job, and if you try to forget the connotations of metalcore that they bring, they're actually rather nice, especially when the vocalist differs from the normal-style, which, no doubt with thanks to the technical, blistering warpath the band seem to be on, is almost every song. All things considered, It's actually a refreshing change to listen to something which has been played and produced with a little polish and perfectionism, but despite loving my visit to the bands sound, I don't know if could live there.
It's good to listen to something shockingly energetic once in a while, and Revocation certainly ambush the listener with a syringe filled with adrenaline, and, coupled with the bands tight playing, I can't really criticise the album on any reasonable basis. It doesn't entirely do it for me, but it was one hell of a ride.
I happily give "Chaos of Forms" 7/10.
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