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REVEL IN VOID - Those He Hates He Loves Most - CD - Indie - 2014
Those He Hates He Loves Most is one of those albums that remind you
why you keep trying out independent releases. This debut by the German band
Revel In Void is a world class, symphonic metal album.
Being a piece of self-released music, this one does not have a luxurious
production, but it does prove that if you have great music you can deliver even
with modest, semiprofessional means.
There's nothing beautified about the music, as guitarist/bassist/keyboardist
Marcel Schiborr managed to blend symphonic elements
with the harsher, original ingredients of heavy metal (Thrash metal included),
without making the symphonic arrangements sound overly decorated or kitschy.
Instead, the arrangements are the vehicle which glues the pieces and delivers
them with a majestic dark notion that holds a horror movie vibe.
There's instrumental prowess throughout, but not of the technical showcase kind. The
drumming is precise and hard hitting yet natural, and it animates the music -
whether it is in the form of a clashing curtain or a rhythmic pulse. The
guitars are basic but effective in their rhythmic rawness as well as in their
meaty, swirling, melodic leads. The latter are often the basis for the music's
symphonic vibe, with the keyboards adding a layer of harmonious and somewhat
The vocal delivery is top notch. The vocalist has a good diction which allows
you to absorb the lyrics, and when this is combined with a versatile
performance - which ranges from contemplative to beastly (and somewhat Dave Mustaine derived on the likes of "Perpetuity" and "The Dark
Den," with the former being an exemplary demonstration of the band's true metal
approach - sounding like Megadeth with the guitar
solos replaced by a sophisticated arrangement that has the aroma of a symphonic
movement) - the result is moving. (8.5/10, with an extra point for being such an accomplished independent release)
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