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Revolution Within: Straight From Within

Now, this is truly a band with anger mode on! Just look at the titles of their tracks: "Pure Hate", "Revenge Now", "Bleed", "Unleash The Anger" and, in fact, "Anger Mode: On". Sounds a bit unnerving, doesn't it? And believe me, in this case the music matches the titles perfectly, with each subsequent track mercilessly punching you right in the face until you're breathless. Yeah, when listening to Revolution Within's second album you'll repeatedly feel like the poor guy on the cover of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power, that's guaranteed. The question is: is it a good thing?

Well, on the one hand it sure is after all, we, heavy metal fans, are a bit masochistic that way and we do like our music to treat us badly from time to time. And in that respect Straight From Within sure does the job. Just play the barbarian opener "Pure Hate" each morning before breakfast and I'm sure you can manage without another fix of "angry music" till the evening. On the other hand, though, if the band decided to tone down their notorious anger just a little bit, their album could be something more than just an adrenaline pill. I'll never forget my initial disappointment when after listening to the great, groovy and atmospheric intro "Disappearance" I was offered the already mentioned "Pure Hate", which sounded much less imaginative and original. Energetic as hell, sure but the intro seemed to be promising so much more! And this is what I felt on several occasions when listening to Straight From Within for the first time. I mean, tracks like "Without Recognition", "Pull the Trigger", "Evil(ution)" and the title cut could become modern thrash metal classics had the musicians injected just a tad less vitriol in them and hired a vocalist who can do something more than just scream his face off.

As it is, Straight From Within is something of a guilty pleasure for me: I occasionally return to the album, enjoy bits and pieces of it, but in the end have to conclude that the vocalist still didn't learn how to sing and that I probably won't give the thing another spin ever again.

But hey if you don't mind albums overflowing with insane screams and oh-so-angry lyrics, do get Revolution Within's latest, you'll be more than satisfied.

01. Disappearance (Intro)
02. Pure Hate
03. Without Recognition
04. Straight From Within
05. Pull The Trigger
06. Revenge Now
07. Bleed
08. Evil(ution)
09. Only The Stronger Will Survive
10. Unleash The Anger
11. Anger Mode: On

Added: December 24th 2012
Reviewer: Bartek Paszylk
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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