Revocation In Vancouver: Altars Of Radness

Metal Blade band rips it up in the Great White North



After an excruciatingly long wait, Revocation finally came to Vancouver for my eyes to see.

Currently, they’re on tour with Crowbar and Havok and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this run. This past Sunday was the lone western Canada date and I truly didn’t foresee how good this show was going to be.

Unfortunately, Dave Sanchez broke his wrist in a freak accident so Havok had to drop off the bill. Luckily, Revocation brought enough metal to go around all night.

To say that Revocation is talented would be the understatement of a lifetime. If Dave Davidson could eat as well as he plays guitar, he should be 700 pounds by now. The guy just oozes brilliant guitar riffs. Every single album and song they’ve ever released is the quintessential formula for modern thrash metal.

Dave is the biggest reason for their rise to prominence as his jazz style, which he learned at the Berklee College of Music, gave him a different perspective on composing music. Anyone who can incorporate banjo into their metal and make it fit just right, is doing it correctly.

Dave writes a food blog for this very site and it’s a great read as well. It makes me want to trek the States and hit up every place Dave has.

Stuffing my fat face aside, Revocation has done what not many bands have been able to do prior. They’ve perfectly amalgamated thrash and death metal together perfectly. So many bands have tried and so many can’t quite get the recipe down. The fusion between the two sub genres can be difficult to pull off but they achieve it with ease. It contains dissonant riffs, shred solos, driving double bass and vocals to match both styles. The final product is pure metal bliss.

Their live show is intensity defined as well. It also made me realize that the rhythm section is not to be fucked with as well. Phil Dubois-Coyne, Dan Gargiulo and Brett Bamberger all have super impressive chops too. The drumming, guitar and bass playing respectively hold as much weight as Dave does. Bass solos, stop on a dime mayhem and beautifully crafted rhythm guitar riffs has this band firing on all cylinders.

Their last three full album releases have been with Relapse but in April of this year, they signed a deal with the mighty Metal Blade Records and are slated to drop Deathless, under that banner, on October 14. Their last album, which was self titled, was the very first in the discography to chart on the Top 200. With Deathless, it’s only a matter of time before they spread like wildfire.

If Revocation comes anywhere remotely close to your area on this current slate of dates, get up off your fat ass and go support them. Buy a shirt, go up front, head bang and go buy another shirt. If success was based on talent, they would be headlining major stadium tours worldwide.

One day.

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