"Great Is Our Sin"
Reviewed by: Sean Harris
2 years ago I had the privilege of reviewing one of my favorite metal albums of 2014. That album was "Deathless".
Now in 2016, Revocation have done it once again and have released a record that exceeds my expectations.
Revocation from Boston, MA have been one of the busiest bands around, releasing almost an album a year for quite some time. In this day and age it's refreshing to see a young up and coming band stay so active and to have material that is constantly fresh and invigorating.
Ash Pearson from Vancouver, BC has been a welcomed and amazing addition to the band. He's a technically sound, super versatile drummer and you can easily tell on "Great Is Our Sin" that it's Ash all the way. Particularly on a track like 'Copernican Heresy', you can really notice the metal upbringing but also hear the jazz touches that he implements. Studying under a guy like Gene Hoglan for years definitely helps with the versatility. Just because he's a buddy of mine doesn't make this a biased statement; he truly fits extremely well in the Revocation family.
Dave Davidson is exactly that...Dave Davidson. The name rings in many metalheads minds and he's definitely one of the absolute best shredders in the game today. His vision, talent, skills and likability are second to none. The man can write a riff with the best of them, playing killer solos is his forte, all the while spouting out awesome, at times gruesome and excellent lyrics. His cleans in his voice get better with every passing album and the cover of Slayer's 'Altar of Sacrifice' harkens me back to good old "Reign In Blood".
'Crumbling Imperium' is another standout for me on this release and the bass playing of Brett Bamberger is well designed and packs a mean punch. He absolutely dominates the low end and I can easily spot a great chemistry between him and Ash. That rhythm section is crushing. Great work Brett!
Finally, the Revocation package would not be complete without rhythm guitarist Dan Gargiulo. 'Monolithic Ignorance' is one of my absolute favorites on the recording due to the fact that it's written by Dan. In the bridge of the song you can really hear it's Dan's material; it's straight out of an Artificial Brain passage, which is Dan's other project. Groovy as all hell and heavy to boot.
Everyone teams up and gels super well. 'Communion' is the fastest I've ever heard Revocation before and 'The Exaltation' is insanity! Why? Marty Friedman lends a helping hand with a ridiculous solo. It's the cherry on top of an outstanding metal sundae.
I would give this album a 5 out of 5 rating, but Revocation completely broke the system once again with this album. Stellar job boys! 6 out of 5.
"Great Is Our Sin" is out now. Do yourself a huge favor and go buy it immediately. In fact , go buy seven copies. Everyday. For the next year straight.