Monday, February 20, 2012
Revel in Flesh - Deathevokation 
Scores of other bands in the past few years, including, but not limited to Morbus Chron, Massive Assault, Miasmal, Entrails, and so on, have been unashamedly practically ripping off Swedish death metal and the many merits that it carries. Some of these bands have proved to be far better than others, employing little originality but better and more substantial quality, while others, like Revel in Flesh, have little to nothing to offer us. Certainly their Swedish guitar tone and their inviting death metal songwriting is appealing, but I find myself losing focus after a few songs, due mainly to the fact that this style is so widespread at the moment that you really do have to stand out in some way. This is something that Revel in Flesh do not successfully achieve and while, admittedly, this album has caused my head to bob along more than several times, I have my doubts that about its longevity.
Their guitar sound is very akin to the Swedeath tone, and I’d be lying if I said that there was no variation on this record. It does have its interesting moments, and more importantly, it changes pace often enough so as to keep one’s attention for a good few minutes; but, unfortunately, soon lose it once again. There’s the typical tremolo bursts, the punk-influenced d-beat rhythms, the catchy choruses. What does slightly detach Revel in Flesh from other Swedeath-worshipping bands is that they lean to the more heavy side of things. In addition, there’s quite frequent use of melodies to add to the (what I struggle to call) eerie vibe of the album; something that isn’t always used with these bands. The drums successfully drive the music forward, but they aren’t anything special either. In any case, they’re still not bad. The vocals make use of low growls rather than barks, blood-thirsty and ready to pound on the listener.
Overall, it’s a decent album. It does have its fun and interesting moments, and it has sufficient variation to intrigue the listener and surprise him here and there, but unfortunately it doesn’t match up to some other bands that prove to be of greater magnitude. A decent album nonetheless, and in theory far from bad (having some memorable riffs strewn about); definitely recommended for fans of Swedish death metal.