When I reviewed this bands debut disc Imperial Rape March it became clear that these guys have something special. Combining elements of death, industrial and even the heavy metal of today, Revenant Dead takes it a step further by exposing the roots of the multi branched tree which makes up the world of music in which they dwell. Their sound is as much about the music their parents listened to and this is what makes them totally unique and one of the bands that is definitely on the rise. With catchy riffs and anthem like choruses which you will find yourself mouthing the words right along with lead singer West Addams, Two Evil's picks up right where the last disc left off.
Ominous fuzz starts the disc until guitarist Aydin Guner hits you with a six string pounding to kick off "Atrophy". Vocalist West Addams then gives his eerie growling, snarling voice a chance to make the Goosebumps appear as the band welcomes you in fist pumping, head banging fashion that only sets the table for the treats you are going to feast on afterwards.
From there these guys spread their wings and your horizons with one of the tastiest morsels called "Shallow Grave". A terrific hooky riff filled song that is one of those tunes where you will reach over and just have to crank up a bit no matter how loud you already have it playing. West's clean vocals mixed with an occasional cookie monster outburst for emphasis makes you want to grab a mic and join in especially when you have unforgettable lyrics like:
"Our heart was never black,
Just subtle shades of grey".
Throughout the disc you will find lyrics like this, they hit you right between the eyes with their spot on insight. Add the masterful riffs that Guner creates and you have some very powerful music.
When you get to the next song "The Dead Is Here" you find how the band diversifies as one of the heaviest songs on the disc gets just the opposite treatment as the last tune. Here West employs his best death metal growl and then uses his clean voice for dramatic effect. He creates an eerie and mesmerizing sound that is only bolstered by the added keyboards on this one.
I was hoping that these guys would not fall prey to the sophomore jinx and I am happy to report that if anything, these guys have taken their sound to the next level. While the music here is easily recognizable as Revenant Dead, there is a confidence on here that only comes from knowing that what they are producing is that good!
For example, the song "Death Spawn" takes a page out of the NWOBHM and morphs it into one of the catchiest songs you will hear. The only problem is that the terrific refrain is one that will never get past the censors! The power of this song comes from the bands ability to blend all those musical genres they pull from and come up with a sound that is truly their own. This tune also gives Guner a chance to throw in one blistering guitar solo too. You can just hear that the band is so sure of what they are doing they don't care that it will never be on the public airways, they know it is good enough without help from radio.
Another highlight is the industrial sound that they come up with on the stunner "Goldmine". Once again they come up with a winner that will rattle around in the head for days! This one has all the brooding menace that you will ever want and when Addams sings "My dreams are full of screams", you will believe him!
These are just some of the highlights on a disc chocked full of them. Metalheads will unite with this one that has a taste which fans of Iron Maiden to Rammstein and even Slayer and Mastodon will find appealing. It has something for all. I certainly hope that they can maintain the high standard they set so far.
Recently I had the chance to ask Aydin Guner what the album title meant and he told me that it is a shorten version of the phrase "The better of two evils". Well, if I had to choose between the two wickedly evil discs from these guys so far than I would have to say that he is right. As a total package this one is just a bit more polished and their sound is more defined than on the debut album. Let me tell you though, both are too good to pass up and you are going to want to latch onto this one the moment you can.
2. Shallow Grave
3. The Dead Is Here
5. Death Spawn
9. Army Of One