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Revocation - Chaos Of Forms review

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Band: Revocation
Album: Chaos Of Forms
Release date: August 2011

01. Cretin
02. Cradle Robber
03. Harlot
04. Dissolution Ritual
05. Conjuring The Cataclysm
06. No Funeral
07. Fractal Entity
08. Chaos Of Forms
09. The Watchers
10. Beloved Horrifier
11. Dethroned
12. Reprogrammed

In 2008, a band from Massachusetts, formerly named Cryptic Warning, released its debut album, Empire Of The Obscene, now under the label of Revocation. Upon its release, the album made a tremendous impact on fans with its extravagant display of technical thrash metal, exhibiting lengthy riffs with thick bass, death metal-esque drumming, and raging vocals on top. It set the record straight that Revocation had broken the glass ceiling and revealed to fans an unknown side of the thrash metal style, when the majority were still delving into the oh-so-golden '80s thrash era. Exactly three years after, the group decided that they would pedal the level up and deliver an album projecting a newer direction. They named it Chaos Of Forms. Oh, how we would love to look forward to that chaos.

At this point, Revocation had splendidly materialized records churning out catchy riffs, thumping bass-lines, and neo-classical guitar solos, and had given us the two strongest Revocation albums to date - Empire Of The Obscene and Existence Is Futile. Whilst keeping the same musical composition intact, Chaos Of Forms unleashes rapid-fire riffs like in "Cretin," "Conjuring The Cataclysm," or even "Fractal Entity," captivating listeners. As I said earlier, Revocation primarily focused on technicality in their style, which eventually helped them to compose a bunch of songs that can be effectively delivered with passion. But who would have thought that things would not continue to go in their favor as they had conveniently planned?

It started dipping when the vocals chipped and came in completely out of the pace - uninspired screams, flat notes, and extremely high-pitched ranges overlapped and confused the sound of record. It followed was followed with the second dip, which was formation: absolute destabilization of musical structure by overdrawing the melodic sections. Those sections that were unnecessarily framed so that they could give songs an extra layer tremendously backfired. The final dip took the record's credibility out of action when it failed to sift through ideas and influences; again, it fomented the development of the record, but jumbling up too many musical influences (Pantera, Converge, Opeth, Kreator) dented the "originality" factor.

Overall, Chaos Of Forms is filled with chaos, but it certainly isn't in any kind of form. It was rather surrounded with hype that they could be releasing a record picking up where Existence Is Futile left off, but as it turns out, this album never even made it there.

Written by Cynic Metalhead | 28.04.2017


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