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!

 

Ysma – Fourth Wall

After several weeks of listening non-stop to Spires’ awesome The Whisperer, I thought I’d better get back to my usual pursuit of finding interesting new music to listen to (though I am still on repeat on The Whisperer when I’m in the gym). My most frequent approach to finding new music these days is shockingly simply – I read the reviews on the excellent Prog Metal Zone. That Jeff Stevens, who principally runs the site, and I have similar tastes in music really helps!

As a small aside, last week I installed a really useful Chrome plugin called scroblr that scrobbles tracks played on Bandcamp and many other web sites. Often the smaller bands that Prog Metal Zone reviews publish their albums via Bandcamp, and so now I can directly listen to them on there and make sure my listens are correctly scrobbled through to last.fm. Probably daft but I like to think that my listening to somebody’s track is correctly accounted for in terms of listener numbers etc.

Anyhow, amongst the stuff I’ve listened to over the last few days, the new album from Ysma stands out. I’m going to be lazy since there’s a full review on Prog Metal Zone, but my summary would be glorious chilled late night dark room prog! The band reference numerous influences including Porcupine Tree through to Steven Wilson’s heavier buddies Opeth, but also classic prog including probably the first ever real prog band I was into – King Crimson. In a subtle way you can hear some of those influences across the album, though often it’s just in the tone/voicing of the instruments, and this album is in no way a derivative piece. Overall it’s a well balanced album with its own highly dynamic sound, with gentle acoustic guitar and piano via soulful melancholic solos through to crunching guitars, but never really straying truly into the world of progressive metal.