Release date: February 15, 2010
New York’s Rev Theory return next month with their third studio album, Justice. While every band will tell you they’ve strived to make their newest album their best album, most of the time it’s wishful thinking. Rev Theory’s sophomore offering, Light It Up, was extremely successful, so the bar was set high for the guys when they entered the studio last winter.
However, every album need not be a better album, simply a different album. To my ears, this is Rev Theory’s best album yet. Still, only fans can decide if the album is ultimately “better,” but Justice is definitely a more complete album.
The band started with the right attitude and a likeminded producer, in Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera, Deftones). “To be able to sit in the same room and work on your music with a guy that has produced some of your favorite bands is absolutely surreal,” shared lead vocalist Rich Luzzi.
“We have worked tirelessly to get to this point in our careers, and to get an opportunity to make an album with Terry Date feels right for the band and the music,” concurs guitarist Julian Jorgensen.
In talking about the Justice concept, Jorgensen said, “As a band we attacked this opportunity with the intent of capturing the energy of a great live show. Justice is a realized vision, and reflects who we are as a band more accurately than any of its predecessors. It really is the record we are most proud of.”
“Attack” is perhaps an appropriate verb to describe Justice, as the band cruises in and jumps full force on the listener from the opening chords of “Dead In A Grave.” This track sets up a a theme that seems to weave throughout the album– “I’m still breathing, fuck your sympathy,” Luzzi cries. Fists in the air, feet on the ground, and attitude in your face.
“Dead In A Grave” sets up the album’s second cut, the title track, and also the album’s first single quite nicely. “Justice” is a powerful anthem about prevailing in the wake of those who would hold us back and do us injustice.
I want justice I want you overthrown
I want courage I want to stand alone
I want your arrogance and I want your pain
I want your everything and I want your head!
The primal energy continues on the driving, “Hangman.” This track is bound for greatness on stage. This is a straight kick-in-the head rocker. Sick guitar riff, and air drum worthy skins action.
We get a much needer breather by the time the album gets to “Fire,” a moody and emotionally wrought slow roller.
Next up is “Loaded Gun” which sounds like a head on collision between early Guns ‘N Roses and Theory of A Deadman. That same vibe cranks on the track “Never Again.”
Track 6 is my choice for the album’s second single; the catchy and electric, “Remedy.” The first time through the album I enjoyed it immensely, but by the third and fourth listen it was becoming addictive. As the song implies, I might just need a remedy to get it out of my head.
“Wicked Wonderland,” is a sinful grinder you’ll want to crank up to 11.
The album’s closer is the acoustic, “Hollow Man,” an open letter to the man in the mirror. Bassist Matt McCloskey steps up to the mic for this song–a track he and Julian wrote at Matt’s home in Pennsylvania.
Every song on the album bristles with spontaneity and spirit. There is no real let down through the album’s 11 tracks. The album’s ballad, “Say Goodbye” has single written all over it without being syrupy and overdone. As one of the album’s song titles implies, the record is simply a wicked wonderland.
Justice is high octane fuel for the ears, and a sure 2011 monster. Arguably their best so far, but certainly their best is yet to come. Rev Theory can raise a toast to themselves on this one. Cheers!
Learn more at the band’s website and stay tuned to Metalholic for a forthcoming interview with the band.