CD review REVEL IN FLESH ‘The Hour of the Avenger’

Germany’s South, that’s the home of Revel In Flesh. The guys, hailing from Schwäbisch Gmünd, founded the band in 2011 and released four longplayers since then. The latest one was entitled ‘Emissary of All Plagues’ and was published in 2016.

Three years later ‘The Hour of the Avenger’ will crawl out of the muddy soil of Swabia. It’s the bands first album for War Anthem Records and it comprises of ten own songs and plus a furious cover version of Motörhead’s ‘Rock Out’.

Revel In Flesh’s sound is very much inspire by Scandinavian Death Metal. The band name, being based on an Entombed song, clearly shows where the roots are and it also gives direction in what to expect from Revel In Flesh’s fifth studio album.

Deep growls and mighty riffing is what Revel In Flesh masters very well. It manifests itself in faster songs like ‘Deathblow’, being a raging Death Metal song from start to end. But what’s really well-done with this album is the change of pace. The guys have the mentioned uptempo smashers in their repertoire, but it’s the slower songs that have even more intensity. The six minutes ‘The Nightbreed’ is such a song. Slowly and brutal the track is a slow paced Death Metal beast that slowly crawls into your ears and mind. Furthermore it’s the grooving parts, like in ‘My Trial’ adding a pure headbangers spirit to the mix.

Revel In Flesh’s new album showcases a band that’s hungry. The Swabian quintet found their own interpretation of Scandinavia-based Death Metal and I could imagine that this album helps them a lot to grow their fanbase.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

1. The Hour Of The Avenger
2. My Trial
3. Blood Oath
4. The Nihilistic Nothingness
5. Sky Burial
6. Deathblow
7. Pervitin Speed Kill
8. The Wayfarer
9. Skull Sacrifice
10. The Nightbreed
11. Rock Out (Motörhead Cover)

Label: War Anthem Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: December 6th, 2019

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