Review : Revenge - Scum.Collapse.Eradication
PitchforkAnticipation is one hell of a drug. Back when internet access was a luxury rather than an assumption, music consumers were familiar with a certain sensation that surfaced after the announcement that their favorite band had hit the studio. Release dates meant something-- you marked a date on a calendar, circled it in red, and let the excitement and dread build. But we've become accustomed to a constant stream of content-- new albums every year, an EP every six months, a tour-only 7" here, a digital compilation there-- all stuffed down the feeding tube and shoehorned into our RSS feeds. (The wait is over; it never really had a chance to begin.) At this point, it's almost pleasant when a band chooses to buck the trend and follow its own pace, pouring as much time and effort as they see fit into the creation of a record. Their fans are given a taste of actual anticipation, and unless we're talking a washed-up 1980s buttrock reunion album or a flaccid slice of warmed-over nü metal, odds are it's going to taste that much sweeter once they're finally able to sink their fangs into it.
The Canadian black/death metal band Revenge understand this. It's been four years since their last record, 2008's Infiltration.Downfall.Death. Those familiar with the group's mastermind, J. Read, and his twisted approach to songwriting have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their fourth full-length, Scum.Collapse.Eradication, since their U.S. label, Nuclear War Now! Productions, announced its release a ways back. Those fans spent hours scouring message-boards for news, listening to the song samples that eventually surfaced, and speculating endlessly about what the band would sound like now that longtime member Pete Helmkamp (Order From Chaos, Angelcorpse, Kerasphorus, etc.) had defected. (Spoiler alert: His absence barely registers)....full text
SputnikmusicThere’s a certain irony to how Revenge can possess such a royal lineage yet still produce some of the rawest blackened death metal to be released in recent years; formed in 2000, the blood of Revenge is thick with remnants of great bands past, an intermingling of Canada’s great blackened death hierarchy that includes the likes of Angelcorpse and Conqueror amongst others. Debuting with the utterly savage Triumph.Genocide.Antichrist in 2003, there was no mistaking Revenge’s Blasphemy inspired racket, a style which borrowed the seminal war metal acts brutality but blasted it all the way to eleven. Scum.Collapse.Eradication much like its predecessors shows no variation upon this style but does offer a bit of insight; with just an ever so slight improvement in the production department Revenge’s newest album reveals just why this Canadian act has become one of the most renowned bands of its kind.
Untamed as ever, Revenge’s newfound clarity in no way affects their burgeoning war metal mayhem but does make it a bit more listenable; where previous albums were cloaked in a cloud of excess noise and distortion Scum.Collapse.Eradication offers a smog-free view of the bands truly bestial nature, one that is carried out with in crude simplicity. Vermin’s guitar playing is muddy as ever, a juxtaposition of downtuned riffs that take the shape of black metal in their fastest moments and groove heavy death metal during the slower sections. Though some of the faster moments can blend together each of the slower paced segments on the album are excellent, a summoning of bestial thrashing that have you breaking neck in its indomitable groove.
Aside from annihilating his kit in a hurricane of blast-beats and ridiculous fills, James Read’s horrid squawk also deserves mention; just as raw and primal as the music, his shriek as well as disgustingly low gutturals adds excellently to the albums raw nature. Though not hooks in the traditional sense, his delivery on tracks like the beginning of “Scorned Detractor (Trust No One)” perfectly accents the music, showcasing its deadly flow amongst waves of intelligible growls and grunts....full text
ProphetofdeathMediafire has deleted all my uploads, around 850 GB in music was lost without an explication. That means all album that were published in 2011, are dead!!. I will try to repair some, when i have time. For now only be published albums of 2012 and perhaps some of 2011 so far have been released in this year.
Also, apparently the limit is exceeded labels in blogger, so from 29/1/2012 it would be advisable to use "Search" for searching the bands or search on labels by genre or country, because as I said before, whether it exceeds the labels. Thanks for understanding....full text
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