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Revel in Flesh: Deathevokation

The recent revival of old school Swedish death metal has spread to all corners of the globe in the past few years, making it a pretty damn good time to be into the crushing death metal from the likes of Entombed, Dismember, and Grave. Hailing from Germany, Revel in Flesh is a new band that also looks to the early nineties' Swedish brand of extreme metal for inspiration. For their debut album, Deathevokation, this death metal duo delivers enough fat riffs, gutteral growls, and old school aesthetics to satisfy anybody who misses when death metal wasn't about melody, breakdowns, or modern production gimmicks.

Of course, this also means that Deathevokation is a pretty unoriginal album, but I guess that was probably Revel in Flesh's intention. This is no-frills, 'pedal to the metal' death metal just like it was back in 1991, and Revel in Flesh does a pretty nice job at accurately capturing the style. Deathevokation is a very dense and heavy album, and although monotony does begin to settle in towards the second half, the band generally does a good job at creating powerful riffs. Songs 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.

Like a lot of bands in the Swedish-sounding death metal revival, Revel in Flesh is a very competent group of musicians, but they don't bring enough new ideas to the table to be worth the attention of anybody except a die-hard fan of the style. While Deathevokation is certainly a well-made album that fans of old school Swedish death metal will enjoy, there's so many other options out there nowadays that it's difficult to choose which one to listen to. Still, Revel in Flesh is definitely not a bad choice by any stretch, and if you're looking for well-executed old school Swedish death metal, this is the album for you!

Track Listing:
1. Culpa et Inferna
2. Shadowbreeder
3. Wings of Death
4. Iron Coffin
5. Bloodfeast
6. Slavish Obedience
7. Opus Putrescence
8. Black Paled Elegy
9. Crowned in Darkness
10. Subconcious Error

Added: April 6th 2012
Reviewer: Jeff B
Related Link: Revel in Flesh Myspace
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Language: english

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