Sunday, August 28, 2011
Chaos of Forms - Revocation - 2011
The addition of a second guitar in the form of Dan Gargiulo is like icing on top of more icing on top of the proverbial cake. Balls out wizardry. Add in some great production that pulls back the curtain and shines a spotlight on the thunderous rhythm section of Anthony Buda and Phil Dubois-Coyne. Still, though, Revocation has a bona fide star in David Davidson, a modern guitar hero and frontman destined for superstar status.
Chaos of Forms is a clinic on the capabilities of a guitar in the hands of an expert and, far from cold technicality, Davidson (and Gargiulo) evoke real emotion while still churning out an utterly jaw-dropping performance. Vocals remain a throaty growl but here and there are delivered cleanly (albeit in chanting form). Revocation play with tempos, acoustics, dynamics... and succeed every time. Most impressively, they also manage memorable riffs and hooks by the boatload and any single track on Chaos of Forms could understandably be labeled a favorite (mine, by the way, is currently "No Funeral").
Hard to describe or categorize without multiple hyphens, Revocation is, above all, simply and wholly metal. And Chaos of Forms is easily one of the best metal records of 2011.