Rarely does a band step to the forefront of a genre with such purpose and confidence. Revocation, the Boston-based modern metal band, have moved from relative obscurity to international critical acclaim and been anointed by the metal press and their peers alike as one of the brightest hopes for the genre at large.
Revocation was formed in 2006 by childhood friends Dave Davidson (guitar/vocals), Anthony Buda (bass/vocals), and Phil Dubois-Coyne (drums). The Boston-based trio quickly started gigging throughout New England, and recorded their first demo, the three-track ‘Summon the Spawn', by years end.
The trio wrote and road-tested new material opening for the likes of Dimmu Borgir, Suicide Silence, and 3 Inches of Blood, before entering Damage Studios in early ‘08 with engineer Pete Rutcho to record their debut album ‘Empire of the Obscene.' ‘Empire of the Obscene' was nothing short of a jaw-dropping debut; fusing together modern, high-energy thrash with elements of technical death metal. The band self-released ‘Empire…', and toured much of the Eastern US behind it.
No sooner was ‘Empire…' released than Relapse Records was calling, and the band was signed in early 2009. By spring the band was studio-ready once again, and entered Damage Studios with Rutcho to record ‘Existence is Futile', their Relapse debut.
Released in Sept. 2009, ‘Existence is Futile' was met with near-universal critical acclaim. ‘Existence is Futile' blended world class musicianship with a pronounced technical flair; songs twisted, turned, and stopped on dime as Berklee graduate Davidson's dizzying solos danced within the band razor-sharp precision. Within just a few months, Spin was declaring Revocation as one of the "10 Bands to watch in 2010", while heralded metal tome Decibel proclaimed "Revocation are the best band you've never heard!" Davidson also joined the esteemed Jackson Guitars family of players.
2010 saw Revocation add touring guitarist Dan Gargiuolo, and the newly-expanded band hit the international tour trail hard. Revocation logged miles in Japan supporting Behemoth, Europe supporting Dying Fetus, and the US and Canada playing alongside the likes of the The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Misery Index, Veil of Maya, and many more. All in all, the band covered 13 countries with over 150 shows.
Revocation, once again, entered Damage Studios with long-time engineer Rutcho throughout the fall and winter of 2010 to record ‘Chaos of Forms.' ‘Chaos of Forms' is nothing short of masterful modern metal. Unforgettable songs bend, stop, twist, and shred at virtuosic levels while exploding with frenetic energy. As future classics "Cradle Robber", "Dissolution Ritual", "No Funeral", "Cretin", "Conjuring the Cataclysm" and more show, each aspect of the band has been honed to deadly perfection and brings to fruition the promise that ‘Existence Is Futile' hinted at.
In support of their new album, Revocation toured the US for three weeks with Chimaira and Impending Doom and then for five weeks with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, and Threat Signal. Revocation joined fellow Relapse artists Exhumed, Black Tusk, Tombs, and Royal Thunder for the official Relapse Records Scion A/V Media Label Showcase in February 2012. Fresh off of these tours, Revocation announced their headlinging North American tour with support from Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. After their tour they joined Dying Fetus on Six Feet Under's "18 Nights of Blood Tour". Revocation then announced they would take part in Scion Rock Fest '12. Following this tour, they joined the Shockwave Festival Tour with Fear Factory, Voivod, and Cattle Decapitation. The touring continued when Revocation joined Dying Fetus for "The Womb to Waste" tour of Europe.
After all this touring, Revocation recorded a new EP ‘Teratogenesis', which featured the band's first recordings with their new bass player, Brett Bamberger. This EP was released in September 2012 through Scion A/V, who also presented a Revocation North American tour in the fall of 2012 with support from A Life Once Lost and KEN mode.
And just when you thought this list of amazing tours would end, Revocation announced a tour in the winter of 2012 with The Faceless and The HAARP Machine.
In February 2013, Revocation entered the studio (Drums at The Brick Hithouse Studio; Damage Studios with long-time producer Pete Rutcho) to record their next full-length album. Frontman Dave Davidson described their new material: "This is shaping up to be some of our most aggressive material to date and will be the next logical step forward from our last EP. The songs on this upcoming record have a great deal of diversity to them and employ a variety of different techniques, tunings and tempos." Revocation released their self-titled album August 6, 2013.
During the recording, they took a quick break to get back on the road with Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, and Ramming Speed in April/May 2013. After finishing the recording, Revocation (no surprises here) announced another tour. They joined the Summer Slaughter Tour '13 with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Cattle Decapitation.
We have yet to see the best from Revocation. Revocation have proved they are hardworking, masters of their craft, and one of metal's finest bands.
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