German duo Haubersson (guitar, bass, vocals) and Maggesson (drums, additional lead guitar, FX) formed in 2011 to bring back the lost art of classic 90s European death metal. Bands like Entombed (from who they took their name), Nihilist, Bolt Thrower, and more, form the blueprint for the sonic decay which is Revel In Flesh. Born from the decomposing corpse of Immortal Rites, Revel In Flesh takes death metal old school for its debut album Deathevokation which was released yesterday on FDA Rekotz.
Legendary death metal master Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Opeth, November’s Doom, Dark Funeral, Dissection) produced the disc at his own Unisound studio in Örebro, Sweden. He calls Deathevokation, “An excellent offering to the Gods of SweDeath, complete with one of the most accurate re-creations of the crushing guitar tones of the early Sunlight era.”
From its opening notes, Deathevokation begins the process of flaying your cerebrum. Wrapping its cold fingers around the curvature of your spine in its steely grip, Revel In Flesh begins its blistering onslaught.
Culpa et Inferna: The opener is a straight ripping Death Metal tune with fast forward drive, catchy structure and a shredding melodic line. Lyrically “Culpa et Inferna” is about the description of an apocalyptic end of the world scenario written in a hell-sworn Death Metal way. I’ve used, wordwise some Latin language to give it a more evil twist.
This song was pretty much inspired by a Swedish band called Tormented. The intro on “Culpa et Inferna” was contributed by Roberto Granados, the guitarist of Mexican cult Death Metal band Denial – thanx once more!
Shadowbreeder: Actually the oldest track on Deathevokation. It was basically written in spring 2007 and I’ve already played and arranged that track with my old band Immortal Rites (R.I.P.). This album version is the first time this track was recorded with the classical HM2 distortion pedal, an idea I had in mind already back then. The lyrics deal with the topics of “Dante’s inferno”. Heavily inspired by the basics of the original texts of the Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Commedy” dating back from the middle age. Of course we gave it a sort of Death Metal way in expressing.
Wings of Death: The basics of this one were written in 2010, but we did a lot of re–arrangements during the recordings of Deathevokation. “Wings of Death” is a straight Death Metal track heavily inspired in its feelings by the roots of 90s Death Metal. The track has a nice neck–wrecking middle part and a catchy melody with some scream – along “Murder Death Kill” verses, yeah!
Lyrically it deals with the Japanese “Kamikaze” attacks hold in the final phase of World War II in an act of desperation and terror. It’s not about glorification, it’s about the brutal and no-glory face of war.
Iron Coffin: The last track I’d written and arranged together with Maggesson, who came up with the melodic hookline in that song. It’s a dark, slow motion kind of Death/Doom monolith. The heaviest track of the album and the only time we used some keyboards too. For me one of the most outstanding tracks of the album – it has a shiver running down your spine atmosphere!
The lyrics are based on two books written by Mr. Buchheim, who has been a war correspondent on several German U – Boots during World War II. The lyrics describe the cruelty of the naval Atlantic battle and the submarine warfare. It’s also heavily inspired by the movie DAS BOOT, which has been one of the most successful German movies of the 80s.
Bloodfeast: One of the faster tracks on Deathevokation. Also a rearranged track from my Immortal Rites era. The basics of “Bloodfeast” date back to 2008, but the new version has a lot more drive and intensity!
The song is based on a documentary about the “Thirty Year War”, which was one of the longest and most intense conflicts on European soil based on territorial but also religious reasons. It describes those old warfare methods which were beyond modern technology. The feeling of meeting the enemy face to face!
Slavish Obedience: It’s a really massive midtempo “headbanger” track, like a wall of sound with some straight parts in the vein of old Grave and Bolt Thrower. Lyrically this one has been really inspired by the “Stalingrad” movie of Jospeh Vilsmaier. It’s about being sacrificed in a senseless onslaught in conditions far beyond a human touch.
Opus Putrescence: Again a track dating back from 2007. I remember that I liked Autopsy’s “Mental Funeral” a lot during that period. It’s a rearranged and straight forward version of that track and my buddy Maggesson added again a cool melodic part to it. This time the lyrics deal with human sacrifices in ancient cultures. Again written with a gory Death Metal touch.
Black – Paled – Elegy: That’s the fastest track on the album. It’s a tribute to my old band Immortal Rites. The track is slightly new arranged and the melodic line is probably the most “commercial” type of element we have on Deathevokation. It has a really cool classical Heavy Metal touch. The lyrics deal with the Black Death pandemic disease during the late middle ages. It’s about darkness, desperation and death!
Crowned in Darkness: A real midtempo monster and also a mainly new written track for Deathevokation. It has some tricky melodic lines written by Maggesson and over all it’s a more in–depth composition that shows another side of Revel In Flesh. The lyrics are inspired by the Book of Revelation and the mass hysteria about the upcoming date 23/12/12. Is it the end, or not!?
Subconscious Error: Finally this is a tribute song to one of the best extreme Metal bands that ever emerged from Birmingham, England! It’s a pretty old and underrated band nowadays. It’s not difficult to find the right association if you look at the title carefully! The idea was to transfer this song in heavy as shit HM2 pedal driven chaos. This track is dedicated to all those who like the 90s way of Death fuckin’ Metal!
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