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Interviews : “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” – An Interview With Brett Bamberger (Revocation)

By on February 11, 2017

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Brett Bamberger – Revocation

Revocation is one of the most dynamic bands out there, playing a unique style of death metal that will make you want to dance and throw things off a roof all at the same time. After a successful run of shows back in 2014 along with Thy Art is Murder, the boys are back in town for the epic brainchild of Youngy (King Parrot) and Dave Haley (Psycroptic), Thrash, Blast and Grind Fest, a mini heavy mosh fest featuring some of Australia’s finest. Given the downfall of quite a few music festivals in Australia, Thrash, Blast and Grind Fest comes as an unholy blessing for metalheads around the country. As part of this new metal festival, Revocation will be playing alongside the likes of our very own King Parrot, Whoretopsy, Black Rheno and the mightiest of the mighty, Psycroptic. Ahead of their return Down Under, we had a quick chat with Brett from Revocation. “We’re excited to be coming back to Australia finally; it’s been too long. The last time we were there, we toured with Thy Art is Murder, and that was such a wild time. One of my favourite memories is when we dug a big hole with the Disentomb guys at the beach in Perth! This tour came together for us through the Psycroptic guys. We’ve been friends with them for quite some time now, and it was an honour to accept the offer to be a part of it.”

Six albums old and with their latest one being one of their strongest releases yet, fans can expect a pretty exciting set from the American metallers. ” We’ll be playing mostly new songs, but of course, we’ll play some old bangers as well! We have so much material that it’s hard to choose. But we will always focus on our recent material because we feel so strongly about it.” No complaints there considering the crushing heaviness of Revo’s music; they’re an insane live band to boot! ” We’re an old-school band. We don’t use computers live, we just get up there, tear it up with blaring tube amplifiers. It’s really important to us to put on a great show so you can expect a lot of raging and headbanging; not just standing still wanking noodly licks.” Such a relief.

The band’s latest album ‘Great Is Our Sin’ has been out for a while now, the response towards the new music being massive and gaining the band, even more, support. One of the things that appealed to me the most, of course, is the album title. “The Title refers to the Charles Darwin quote; ‘If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.’ It certainly relates to the theme of the album, in which we comment on current events ranging from political to social to environmental.

Musically, this is probably one of the highlights from their growing discography as it exhibits the band’s versatility and their experimentation while still maintaining aspects of their signature sound. For instance, the death metal influence is there, of epic proportions but then the sudden spurts of proggy notes will catch you unaware, although rather pleasantly. ” We experimented on this album. We incorporated some more progressive elements but in our way. We’re not copying other prog acts, but we’re trying to do something a bit different. We wanted it to be dark and brooding but also fast and brutal, like fans expect us. It’s a challenge to evolve our sound without altering it too much.”

Brett also shared his thoughts on the writing and recording process, given that all members of the band live in different parts of the States. “Each member of the band puts lots and lots of work in. We all do our homework so that when we come together to jam, we’re prepared and don’t waste each other’s time. It is a challenge, but we meet it head on and take it very seriously.” True dedication! And it works, given the massive sound on the record. “We did have an idea of what we wanted from the get-go. However, we did come up with some spontaneous ideas in the studio and jam space as well.”

Revocation has maintained their core; signature sound yet found ways to inculcate new elements into the music to create something fresh, heavier and something that they can call their own. “That’s really what we strive for. We always want to do that. We want to deliver a product to our fans that they will expect but also push the boundaries of our sound. Each album is slightly different, and that will continue in the future, but it will always be Revocation.”

Brett had one last message to Australia. Catch the Thrash, Blast, Grind Fest tonight in Sydney!” We can’t wait to play for you guys! Come meet us at the merch table, we’d love to chill and party with you all!”

The aural assault continues tonight in Sydney at The Bald Faced Stag! Catch the Thrash,Blast,Grind crew on the move on the following dates:

Thrash Blast and Grind 2017

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Prarthana is a vegan, Indo-Aussie, heavy music addict, fluent in sarcasm and metal. Traveling is an obsession as she enjoys taking in the history of various countries and following her favorite bands. She's either eating, teaching grammar or learning an instrument, when not occupied with windmilling in the faces of other humans.