The Bottom Line
- A dizzying collection of riffs.
- Extreme, without sacrificing melody.
- Balances technicality with memorable song structuring.
- Very few; perhaps the record's single-minded intensity, but that isn't really a bad thing!
- Released September 29th, 2009 on Relapse Records.
- This is Revocation’s debut for the label.
- Recorded at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA, with engineer Pete Rutchko.
Guide Review - Revocation - 'Existence Is Futile'
If Empire Of The Obscene was Revocation’s warning shot across the bow of a jaded metal underground, then Existence Is Futile is most certainly a blow of crippling velocity; one which is destined to send shockwaves and fallout amidst all those who hear it’s sickeningly savage sense of urgency. Seriously, this album is a riff-lovers wet dream, with the band’s vocalist and sole guitarist Dave Davidson tossing up enough dizzying fret-gymnastics on this one album to rival other, lesser acts’ entire discographies
Meanwhile, the rhythm section of co-vocalist/bassist Anthony Buda and skinsman Philip Dubois-Coyne practice their own brutal brand of stop-on-a-dime precision with merciless intensity, creating—with Davidson—a power trio version of Voltron: a bad-ass, sum of its parts machine which devastates all in its path. With such a perfect attack, Existence Is Futile seems destined to usher in—finally—a new breed of extreme metal: one which manages to sound current and vital, while still taking influence from the elder giants who came before them, treading the footsteps and paving the way.
While Revocation’s ultra-intense and technical attack could easily appeal to the nouveaux deathcore elite, the band’s old soul is clearly evident and relevant within the globs of Death/Atheist-level melody and Dark Angel/Demolition Hammer thrash attack. Hell, there’s even a fair share of jazz and Satriani-esque shred to be found encoded within Revocation’s musical DNA, both of which could only assist in the band’s quest for world domination.
With a record as powerful—both musically and sonically—as Existence Is Futile, that quest is certainly off to a great and promising start. Revocation’s foreseeable future in extreme metal seems to be green lit, all the way.