Saturday, 28 April 2012

REVEL IN FLESH - Deathevokation (2012)

01  Culpa Et Inferna
02  Shadowbreeder
03  Wings Of Death
04  Iron Coffin
05  Bloodfeast
06  Slavish Obedience
07  Opus Putrescence
08  Black Paled Elegy
09  Crowned In Darkness
10  Subconcious Error

Germany's Revel in Flesh is another of those bands that display how far-reaching the influence of Swedish death metal is, with their debut full length album, 'Deathevokation'. The band clearly have every intention of keeping the torch burning with the vintage "Sunlight Sound". Wearing their influences proudly on their sleeve, Revel in Flesh paint everything within the allotted numbers scheme and they do it almost as good as the originals. Some black metal influences also can be detected here and there, for example on the spiteful "Wings of Death". One of my favourite tracks on "Deathevokation" is "Black Paled Elegy" because of its grinding rhythm combined with some good melodic guitars. The last song on the album is a cover version of Benediction's "Subconscious Terror", but for some reason it is titled "Subconscious Error". Other tracks like "Opus Putrescence" are downright excellent death metal, and whilst all of 'Deathevokation' isn't quite up to this standard, the entire CD is at least good in my opinion.

By the overall sound of this album, it seems Revel In Flesh were going for some raw, old school DIY type recording, while the percussion sounds like it was targeted for something a little more modern and hi-fi. 'Deathevokation' unfortunately is another middle-of-the-pack death metal record. They know what they're doing and they do it well, better than a lot of bands, but there's nothing really special or interesting to warrant any high praise and a multitude of listens. In a nutshell, it's a competent debut effort by the German two-piece.

"An excellent offering to the Gods of SweDeath, complete with one of the most accurate re-creations of the crushing guitar tones of the early Sunlight era. For fans of Nihilst and Entrails."
- Dan Swanö (Producer)

*The cover artwork for 'Deathevokation' was created by longtime Spanish underground artist Juanjo Castellano, who is well known in the scene for his work with Vomitory, Blaspherian and Sathanas.

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