REVIEW: Revocation – Chaos of Forms


Album: Chaos of Forms
Band: Revocation
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal

If there are two things that can potentially make for a horrendous metal album it’s probably excessive shredding and overstepping musical boundaries. It would appear, once again, that neither of these things apply to Boston metal band Revocation. Primarily fusing technical death metal with thrash metal to create the band’s furious sound, principle songwriter David Davidson (aka the #1 Top Modern Metal Guitarist, as decided by brings in a litany of other influences to the band’s music, some of which are downright peculiar. August of 2011 sees the release of the band’s third full-length under the Revocation moniker, titled Chaos of Forms.

From start to finish, Chaos of Forms delivers in true Revocation fashion. Riffs and solos until you can’t take any more, even though you’d probably like to. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that this entire album is pretty much filled with guitar shredding, but that wouldn’t be telling the entire story. Davidson and company aren’t just playing really fast lines, they’re constructing entire songs with interesting riffs, non-stereotypical solos, catchy choruses, and a multitude of moods. And yeah, plenty of shred.

More often than not, the major point of argument when discussing Revocation comes with the vocal style. It’s hard to truly fault a band or vocalist for trying to sound unique or interesting, and in the case of Revocation, totally badass. Packed with attitude and vehemence, the vocals give off just the right feel to fit Revocation’s ultra-aggressive and fast-paced brand of metal. Even if you don’t particularly care for it, they do enunciate their words rather well, and there’s something to be said for that.

Each and every album Revocation puts out seems to involve more and more sections from increasingly peculiar styles of music to fuse with metal, and they typically come in the form of a signature David Davidson solo. One example of this is the guitar solo in the latter part of the song “Harlot” that almost sounds like it could sit right in the middle of the song “Rock You Like A Hurricane”–and that’s probably the least reaching of the band’s conveyed influences. Towards the end of “The Watchers” appears a swing/classic prog rock section complete with an electric organ solo, flawlessly incorporated into one of the heaviest tracks of the album.

Precise, technical, catchy, memorable, fast, etc. This album has it all, and it’s all tied together in a seemingly effortless fashion by the monumentally skilled Revocation. Perhaps more amazing than the fantastic songs and moments is the fact that there isn’t a single weak point on the entire album. No filler songs, no obnoxiously long intros–no bullshit. Chaos of Forms is 47.2 minutes of pure, concentrated metal.

Overall score: 9/10
Review written by: Jordan Munson

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  • DarknessDewine

    Fuck yeah! Bought this album and after listening to the whole, i was wondering if I didn’t punch some one in the face due to the outburst of chaos induced hyper rage!!! Fantastic metal album! Metal is coming of ages people.