Release date: 28th September 2018 || Genre: Technical death metal || Label: Metal Blade Records
This album is just an absolute treat! Packed from start to finish with riff after riff of pure prog/tech death metal gold! Stacked with brutal, shredding rhythms and flowing leads, all topped off with a generous helping of easy character, it’s impossible to not fall in love immediately. There is definitely a hint of that driving power which makes At The Gates such a great listen, and blazing moments within solos are reminiscent of Rust In Peace era Marty Friedman. Don’t let that limit any concept of what’s to come, though. The songwriting has more curves, twists and turns than a ride on The Smiler at Alton Towers, every one a solid feature, adding to the experience as a whole.
It’s not overly indulgent, either, with all the tracks – other than slightly extended finisher, A Starless Darkness – coming in at a comfy 5 minutes each. Long enough to allow for some real play, but not too long as to become an exercise for the listener. Revocation have managed to do this without wasting an ounce of energy, too. It can be easy to get carried away with progressive works, and meander off on a tangent, losing momentum in the process. This beast, however, is all meat and muscle. The Lovecraftian title track is a prime example, scuttling up from the depths into sudden, shuddering life, before unleashing its maddeningly hypnotic tale to a swathe of dischord, splattered, finally, with arcing guitar melodies…
Apologies. I got a little carried away there. But with good reason. Start to finish, The Outer Ones is one of the best albums in its genre this year! If you like death metal which displays virtuoso capabilities, but knows when to simply rock out a slaughtering hook, this needs to be in your collection! What a crusher!
Grade: A+ with merit
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