Latest release: Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade)Website: www.revocationband.com
2016 was a big year for Boston death metal machine Revocation. The release of their sixth and best-received album Great is Our Sin in July coincided with their appearance on North America’s biggest extreme metal tour with Cannibal Corpse, Nile and Suffocation and they then went through Europe where they again played with Nile.
“We’ve just been touring our assess off all around the world and it’s beginning to pay off,” says singer/guitarist and founding member Dave Davidson enthusiastically. “Since Great is Our Sin has come out, we’ve done a couple of great tours. We did the Summer Slaughter Tour which started right when the album came out, which is always nice to align those two things. Then after that we did a full European tour and that was great. So we did a full US and a full European tour, and 2017 looks to be busy as well.”
The quartet kick off the new year in style on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise before a south Pacific tour that brings them to Australia once again. Revocation last toured in support of 2014’s Deathless album where they opened for Psycroptic. This time, they’re part of Thrash, Blast and Grind that sees them side by side with Psycroptic once more, along with King Parrot and Whoretopsy for what is guaranteed to be a memorable run of shows.
“I really loved being in Australia last time. The weather was great, the fans were great, being able to do some sight-seeing was rad. We went to one of the zoos in, I think, Adelaide, so we’re really looking forward to going back there and doing some rad shows.”
As they age and their styles develop, some bands can mellow and move away from the intensity they first showed. Revocation is one act that seems to be doing the opposite, with more and more aggressive death metal elements colouring their sound with each subsequent release.
“We do seem to be getting darker and more brutal with each release,” Davidson agrees, “but I think basically what we’re doing is just finding our sound. I listen to so many different types of metal. We grew up in the first Internet age so I was getting plugged into all these different genres all at once from thrash to black metal to prog and all these different things so I think that really impacted my writing style when I was a kid, because I wanted to do a bit of everything. Since then I’ve refined my taste and refined the Revocation sound, so I think Deathless was our most cohesive record to [that point], and then I think Great is Our Sin was possibly even more cohesive than that one.”
Revocation’s style of dark and progressive extremity has certainly won them solid plaudits and Davidson seems pretty convinced that his band isn’t about to change their spots in a hurry.
“I think at this point we’ve found a niche for ourselves,” he says. “The Revocation sound is always going to have elements of thrash but I feel like the death metal elements are really at the forefront now and we’re really going to push the envelope on the more progressive side of things as well. So Revocation will always be death metal driven but have those progressive elements that we’re known for.”
Ten years down, and it looks like things are only just starting to warm up for Revocation. As he prepares to head out to sea on 70000 Tons and then wing it to the bottom half of the globe, Dave Davidson is only too glad that he got turned on to metal when he was kid.
“We’ve been able to travel all around the world and release some great albums with some great record labels, so I think it’s great that I got into metal when I did. It’s going to be interesting to see where the genre will lead us.”