|Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM|
Bringing the spirit of metalcore into a contemporary setting...stylishly!
Sharp, punchy songs with a gritty, distorted punk backbone but an ear for a powerful melody atop the grinding riffs and pulsating drums: This is Revival.
A four piece metal / hard rock band, with two members from Stockport and two from Denton, they've been lurking in the local scene in a myriad of guises as far back as 2008, but only officially became Revival and the band we have before you two years later.
"Our music is a mix of classic 80's and modern 00's metal. We try to keep our music melodic, catchy and easy to listen to, despite adding some scream vocals every now and again," say the band. "2015 will be our busiest year yet."
While a large part of their sound stems from the metalcore scene of the 00s - et al. Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold - the quartet are keen to inject their other influences, of which there are a vast array across their music. From the time-bending antics of Dream Theater to the massive melodies of Metallica and Alter Bridge, they are keen to stray from the linear metalcore territory.
Darkest Days, their debut five track EP was a strong opening statement, their melodicism lifting their songs to a new level entirely. Title-track Darkest Days sounds like a blistering Atreyu song, complete with some damn fine lead work and there are many moments of the tremolo picked The Remains that could slot comfortably into Waking The Fallen. As someone engrossed in this scene as I began my own path down musical avenues, venturing forth from the bands my parents and elder brothers had enraptured me with, Revival are a treat to the ears. These are no mere throwbacks however, they sound contemporary, fresh.
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