This week’s AMPED Artist of the week is Boston based death metal act, Revocation. The title track from the band’s acclaimed new album, ‘Deathless’ can be heard below.
Over the past eight years, Revocation has grown to become on of the world’s premier death metal bands. Their latest offering, ‘Deathless’ was released on October 14 this year and is already widely considered to be the band’s strongest and most prolific work to date. Featuring 10 brand new tracks, the band’s Metal Blade Records debut has proved an instant favourite among fans, earning them their highest ever chat ranking by more than 30 spots to land at #124 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Additionally, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart, #114 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart. It is the band’s second straight debut on the top 200 chart.
Revocation is currently making their way around Europe with label mates Cannibal Corpse as part of their hefty tour in support of ‘Deathless.’ The band will then make it’s way through China before heading to Australia for a string of shows with Thy Art Is Murder. A full list of dates can be found below.
A series of videos documenting Revocation’s work on ‘Deathless’ were also recorded. All three episodes can be seen now at metalblade.com/revocation.
Official Revocation biography:
Revocation have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. Revocation has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.
“Deathless” was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like “Madness Opus” showcase a more deliberate Revocation – restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track. Alternatively, the title track highlights the diversity of Davidson’s vocals with a catchy chorus. It’s an ear worm the likes of which the band had only previously hinted. The rest of the album offers a refreshing variety of music and truly feels like an “album”, rather than a collection of similar tracks. This is a refinement, achieved only through years of focusing on their craft.
Davidson adds, “Collectively, we feel that “Deathless” is our finest offering yet. The songs are incredibly varied and each one showcases a different element of the band. Technically, everyone is in top form on this record, as well, and we really pushed ourselves to deliver the best performances possible on all fronts. This is a new chapter and a new beginning for the band; we can’t wait for this record to be unleashed in October!”
Lyrically, “Deathless” addresses life on the road and the band’s commitment to touring, followed by even more touring. “Madness Opus” made its live debut when Revocation toured with DevilDriver and Whitechapel during the summer of 2014. Davidson discusses the track: “The crowd response for that tune has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s one of the heaviest songs we’ve ever written, hands down, and has been a blast to play live. Lyrically, it’s about one of my favorite HP Lovecraft stories, “The Music Of Erich Zann”. Fans of unnamable cosmic horror and punishing death metal will not be disappointed!”
Revocation begins touring in support of “Deathless” in September with Crowbar in North America, followed by a full European tour with new label mates Cannibal Corpse and Aeon. Much is more is set to come – this is the beginning of a new era for Revocation. “Deathless” will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records.
In 2006, lifelong friends Dave Davidson, Anthony Buda, and Phil Dubois-Coyne formed the core of what would become Revocation. The trio gigged throughout New England, and recorded a three song demo, “Summon the Spawn.” The guys would spend the next few years writing and performing new songs as often as possible, before finally tracking their debut album in 2008.
“Empire of the Obscene” was recorded with Pete Rutcho at Damage Studios in 2008, and made a huge splash upon release. Their brand of technically-minded thrash offered a new take on thrash, and a much more energetic and vital approach to the technical death metal. The debut lead to the band signing with Relapse Records. By early 2009, the band had already re-entered Damage Studios to record “Existence is Futile.”
The release of their label debut was met with critical acclaim and truly began to spread their name throughout metal on a global scale. Magazines including SPIN and Decibel heaped praise on the band, and Dave Davidson became an official Jackson Guitars endorser. In 2010, guitarist Dan Gargiuolo joined the ranks as a touring second guitarist, just in time for the band to perform in Europe, Japan, the US and Canada. In total they would play in 13 countries and over 150 shows.
During the fall and winter of 2010, the band recorded “Chaos of Forms” with Rutcho at Damage Studios. The album vaulted the band to new heights, and afforded them even greater touring opportunities. Revocation also appeared on the Relapse Records label showcase, presented by Scion A/V in February 2012. The year also saw the addition of bassist Brett Bamberger, along with the recording of the “Teratogenesis” EP for Scion A/V.
In February of 2013, Revocation recorded their fourth album with producer Pete Rutcho. Their self-titled album was released in August 2013, and was followed by a slot on the Summer Slaughter Tour 2013.
Revocation tour dates:
w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon
10/22 Saarbrücken, DE Garage
10/23 Lyon, FR Ninksi Kao
10/24 Barcelona, ES Razzmatazz 2
10/25 Madrid, ES Arena
10/27 Toulouse, FR Le Bikini
10/28 Paris, FR Trabendo
10/29 Strasbourg, FR La Laiterie
10/30 Antwerp, BE Trix
10/31 London, GB Forum
11/02 Lille, FR Splendid
11/04 Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp
11/05 Ludwigsburg, DE Rockfabrik
11/06 Osnabrück, DE Rosenhof
11/07 Hamburg, DE Klubsen
11/08 Aalborg, DK Metal Festival
11/09 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio
11/11 Berlin, DE C-Club
11/12 Prague, CZ Club Roxy
11/13 München, DE Backstage
11/14 Glauchau, DE AlteSpinnerei
11/15 Brno, CZ Fleda
11/16 Cracow, PL Fabryka
11/17 Warsaw, PL Progresja
11/19 Graz, AT Explosiv
11/20 Budapest, HU Club 202
11/21 Zilina, SK KlubSmer
11/22 Wien, AT Szene
11/23 Nova Gorica, SI Mostovna Club
11/25 Treviso, IT New Age
11/26 Milan, IT Alcatrazz
11/27 Lausanne, CH Les Docks
11/28 Pratteln, CH Z7
11/29 Bochum, DE Matrix
11/30 Uden, NL De Pul
12/4 Beijing, CH Yu Going Yi Shan
12/6 Hong Kong, CH Hidden Agenda
12/7 Bangkok, CH Immortal Bar
12/8 Singapore, CH The Substation
w/ Thy Art is Murder:
12/12 Adelaide, AU Fowlers Live
12/13 Melbourne, AU The HiFi
12/14 Melbourne, AU Ringwood OLP
12/17 Perth, AU YMCA HQ
12/18 Perth, AU Capitol
12/19 Sydney, AU Manning Bar
12/20 Birsbane, AU Crowbar
12/21 Brisbane, AU Crowbar
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