West Addams - Vocals
Aydin Guner - Guitars
Theo Lawrence - Drums / Electronics
Corey Pyatt - Bass
"Out from the depths of the industrial city of Birmingham (England, UK) which holds a very rich metal history, formed a group which puts their own take on the genre, bringing in modern sounds from other styles of music to the mix, such as metal, rock, industrial, and electronic music.
Revenant Dead released their first full-length CD “Imperial Rape March” to outstanding reviews."
My initial impression of Revenant Dead was dark, brooding industrial music with a sharp metal edge. They are quite skilled in setting that seductive gothic tone while at the same time giving you the heart pounding rhythm you crave in regards to a metal tone.
In their song The Rising Phoenix they mastered a style that I don't hear very often. The vocals took on the deep, melodic understated tone, like you would expect from those who created the whole gothic music scene, like Marilyn Manson, yet the energy and intensity of the drums especially and cadence of the guitars were much faster and intense. It was like having two different songs at once yet it was beautifully done and cohesive. The chant during the breakdown before the chorus add such a dynamic touch to the song, once again adding in another element making this song musical chaos done with perfection.
The Rising Phoenix - Revenant Dead
Just when you think you have Revenant Dead all figured out, they hit you with the enchanting song Between the Lies. A much slower pace that is perfectly showcased with the accompaniment of a female vocalist and piano. It is more somber yet not in a depressive sense. If anything it makes the heart yearn for this air of mystery that they have created within the music.
The song Club Dead has a hypnotic quality to it with the repetition of the chorus. It creates almost a spell like feel, where the listener starts to contemplate their inner emotions regarding love in all senses of the word. There is something to be said about the artist when they can create such a strong sense of empathy, yet keep the music so simple in regards to arrangement.
For the diehard metalhead that is in need for some of that old school bone crushing thrash metal style, Charge Into Hell delivers just that. The guitar riffs and breakdowns are heavy, the snare keeps the perfect cadence, and that guitar solo is just the cherry on top of this fantastically done song. And the deeper throaty almost growl of the vocal style reminds me of some of the great thrash metal bands frontmen like Dave Mustaine for example. While this song does have a Megadeth vibe to it, they still keep it true to the Revenant Dead tone you hear throughout the album. First To The Last Stand is yet another of their much harder songs but has a nice play back and forth between the thrash and gothic style.
Listening to the album Heroes Without Villains, you can certainly get a grasp of their artistic viewpoint but still maintain a diversity within the style so it caters to all moods and people. And do not make the mistake of trying to fit Revenant Dead into one genre mold because they break through all of them. They incorporate many different influences and own them like true artists should. These are the guys I can see future generations looking up to because they create the music that suits their soul, not what mass media wants them to be like. You can't help but admire the spirit they put into their music, I know they have earned my respect.
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All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen. You can follow the author on Twitter @NightlandGirl.