Revocation – all their albums

In life people are addicted to many varied things! Me? I’m addicted to music, and hence am continually searching for new interesting music to listen to. I’ve got regular favourites too that have stayed with me across many years, but mostly I get my buzz out of finding new stuff. A regular go to for me for a while now has been the excellent (and oft mentioned on here) Prog Metal Zone, but my most listened to band of 2015, Revocation, came via a different route. I was on YouTube and it suggested I watch this video …

Whilst outwardly the world of the more extreme genres of heavy metal might appear to be all scary growled lyrics, extreme volume and tattoos, my experience has been that it’s mostly populated by friendly intelligent people. As you can see from the video,  Phil Dubois, the drummer in Revocation is once such person. Likewise, Dave Davidson, Revocation‘s lead guitarist and vocalist, is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied guitar with a principle focus on jazz! Genres like technical metal and progressive metal are, as their names suggest, the most musically complex forms of metal and so it seems they attract the most talented virtuoso contemporary rock musicians.

Here’s Phil playing the drums on Scorched Earth Policy, from their most recent album Deathless …

And even if you’re not a guitarist, I’m sure you’ll be able to recognize the complexity of the guitar parts courtesy of this live version of Fields of Predation, from their debut album Empire of the Obscene

Revocation have recorded five albums in total, and I seriously can’t recommend them all highly enough!! According to last.fm, I’ve listened to a mere SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINE Revocation tracks since discovering them on February 9th, and that doesn’t include all the times I’ve listened in the car or in the gym!  You could say I rather like them!

 

Illuminati – The Core

In lieu of the various posts I’ve got in draft about books I’ve finished recently and importantly my visit to the Balfron Tower, here’s a quick music post instead. Another of the Top 50 albums list from Prog Metal Zone, this is a slice of rather awesomely complex progressive jazzy death metal from the band Illuminati from Romania. I knew I was going to love it within about 15 seconds! Just like the other Illuminati of folklore, these guys seem to be very well connected since there are guest contributions from a remarkable list of people from notable progressive metal bands, including members of Atheist, Voivod, Cynic and Pestilence!

Sylosis – Mercy

Sylosis have just released their first new song in a while, Mercy, ahead of their new album which is due out in January. To say I’m excited is an understatement! Take a listen if you like brutal progressive metal very much at the thrash end of the speedo played by a band who are always technically spot on!

Sylosis are actually one of these bands that I happened upon when they supported another band I saw live. That headline act was DevilDriver, and I’m not going to lie – I now rank Sylosis and another of the supports, Bleed from Within, well above DevilDriver in my list of favourite bands. Bleed from Within were below Sylosis on the bill, and then interestingly the drummer from Bleed from Within subbed-in for the drummer in Sylosis owing to his unavailability, with less than 24 hours notice! He nailed the drum part, and has since joined Sylosis officially, whilst also remaining in Bleed from Within too.

Anyhow, this rather boring post is about to get worse, with me going a bit fanboi about the lead singer/guitarist of Sylosis, Josh Middleton. You know the sort … artistically talented in numerous ways! I consider him one of the fastest and most accurate guitarists out there, and his ability to play hugely complex things absolutely perfectly live without even appearing to try is second to none! I did find his recent video about how to play fast cleanly rather frustrating though … basically practice lots very carefully and really focus on cleanness. He’s an artist and illustrator too, doing various bands’ stuff, and that transfers into a clothing business too. Yep … I do have one of his t-shirts! Seems like he’s a clean living vegan, posts cat pictures on Instagram and he always comes across as a nice guy in interviews. Maybe I should hate him in a fit of jealousy whilst I play my guitar crappily!?

Dimaeon – The Blood of Millions

Been listening to this one on repeat for a few days, courtesy of the recommendation from the awesome Prog Metal Zone. It’s a debut album which is always daftly frustrating, because it means I’ve not got a back catalogue to now go and enjoy. A superb blend of progressive death and doom metal. It’s heavy but musically complex and clever with it, which is the perfect blend for me.

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