Review by Adam M on February 17, 2015.
Revocation takes modern thrash to a new level with Deathless. The underlying thrash riffs are there, but they are bolstered by a crisp production that makes everything sound massive and potent.
This album has an enormous sound that makes the band’s past work sound ordinary in comparison. Right from the first track, A Debt Owed to the Grave, the level of quality is placed at a point that is very high. Every track on this album melds together to create a consistently thrilling listen that is very welcome for the thrash genre. Any death metal elements only add scope to the band’s sound and help craft a more diverse and interesting album than previous attempts. Additionally, there are plenty of bridges and interludes that give this band a huge edge over the current modern thrash scene. Some of Sylosis’ recent work can compete with this album, but aside from that band, Deathless puts Revocation in a prime position for fans of thrash with a newer sound. There is not a riff that goes to waste on this album, as Revocation has put a greater focus on creating tight song-writing here than ever before. The only flaw here is that there are still some more innovative sounding albums coming out in the present time that show an even greater scope than the very broad one presented by the band here. Still, a nice change in tone that keeps varying throughout the course of this release keeps Deathless a diverse beast.
2014 contained many great releases, but make sure you don’t miss this storming release from the latter portions of the year. It has set a standard for the band that will be difficult for them to top in the future. It is certainly a highlight in Revocation’s discography.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10