Job : It’s time for Revocation’s new record! The thrash/death outfit from Boston, MA, managed to destroy the scene with their previous work ‘Great is Our Sin’ in 2016, and new record ‘The Outer Ones’ doesn’t hold back either. The band, ruled by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson, has been at it for some time now and have always been busy, with ‘The Outer Ones’ being the seventh full-length album in the short 10 years that the band has been releasing records. Does that insane work ethic translate in a decrease in quality over the years? Hell no! Instead, ‘The Outer Ones’ tries to push the boundaries of what thrash/death is and shows us a band that knows exactly what it’s doing and how to innovate their sound.
Opener ‘Of Unworldly Origin’ is a safe one and is probably the song that will hook people the easiest – it wouldn’t have been out of place on ‘Chaos of Forms’ from 2011. But it’s not long after that, that we’re treated to some innovation – straight up black metal in ‘That Which Consumes All Things’! Now, the dissonance in the riffs is still omnipresent, don’t get me wrong, and the black metal passage might be short lived; it’s might be all the more powerful for it. By the way, it’s been a long time coming since I heard these well-written guitar solos. My god, do they blow you away every time!
Songs are a little on the longer side this time around, leaving the band with a lot more freedom to explore the intricacies of songwriting. Songs have a lot more twists and turns as a result and aforementioned ‘That Which Consumes All Things’, ‘Fathomless Catacombs’ and ‘Vanitas’ are all great examples of dynamic songwriting. Dave’s vocals are also at an all-time high and I’m starting to wonder whether or not they can even improve any further. His growls are mean, heavy and exactly what the music needs. And he even does this stuff while playing the technical riffs!
‘The Outer Ones’ has turned into an album that raises the bar for every single band in this genre. It’s become a record that’s not always easy to get through (just because of all the intricacies), but that does give the listener all the more material to discover. Where ‘Great is Our Sin’ was a little more accessible and still features some of my favorite thrash songs ever, ‘The Outer Ones’ is heavier, darker and shifts more towards the death metal side of things. Pick this up!