The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Presents...
REVOCATION with EXHUMED, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja
Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja, Basses Loaded, LOCAL TBA
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 6:30 PM
Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for Revocation to sit back and rest upon their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date.
Front-man Dave Davidson commented about the first track: “‘Communion’ is the fastest song we’ve recorded to date, and while it’s blistering in terms of speed, there are also some proggy elements present to add contrast to the aggression.”
When it came time for the follow-up to 2014′s Deathless, the quartet had their work cut out for them, and their response to the challenge is a record that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. Never forcing anything, the songs that would comprise Great Is Our Sin came together organically, and while the members being spread all around North America would have been an impediment to some,Revocation drew strength from it.
Reuniting with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Bleeding Through), who also helmed Deathless and 2012′s Teratogenesis EP, the record packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived. Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting.
While the songs come together to make for a cohesive record that is engaging from front to back, they are further united by the lyrical concept penned by Davidson. The title itself appropriated from Charles Darwin’s quote: “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin”, Davidson went about building a theme that was not only fittingly expansive, but also had real resonance with regard to contemporary society. “The concept revolves around the folly of man throughout the ages. Some themes come from historical references that are hundreds of years old, yet sadly these themes are still very relevant today due to mankind’s refusal to learn from the lessons history has taught us, time and time again.”
Regardless of the state of the world, nothing is going to slow Revocation down any time soon. Whilst the lineup has changed over the ten years the band has been in existence, Davidson’s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. “We can’t wait to bring these songs out on the road and perform them for different audiences all over the world. ‘Great Is Our Sin‘ is a new chapter for the band, and collectively we feel that it is our defining record to date.”
In 2006, lifelong friends Dave Davidson, Anthony Buda, and Phil Dubois-Coyne formed the core of what would become Revocation. The trio gigged throughout New England, and recorded a three song demo, "Summon the Spawn." The guys would spend the next few years writing and performing new songs as often as possible, before finally tracking their debut album in 2008.
"Empire of the Obscene" was recorded with Pete Rutcho at Damage Studios in 2008, and made a huge splash upon release. Their brand of technically-minded thrash offered a new take on thrash, and a much more energetic and vital approach to the technical death metal. The debut lead to the band signing with Relapse Records. By early 2009, the band had already re-entered Damage Studios to record "Existence is Futile."
The release of their label debut was met with critical acclaim and truly began to spread their name throughout metal on a global scale. Magazines including SPIN and Decibel heaped praise on the band, and Dave Davidson became an official Jackson Guitars endorser. In 2010, guitarist Dan Gargiuolo joined the ranks as a touring second guitarist, just in time for the band to perform in Europe, Japan, the US and Canada. In total they would play in 13 countries and over 150 shows.
During the fall and winter of 2010, the band recorded "Chaos of Forms" with Rutcho at Damage Studios. The album vaulted the band to new heights, and afforded them even greater touring opportunities. Revocation also appeared on the Relapse Records label showcase, presented by Scion A/V in February 2012. The year also saw the addition of bassist Brett Bamberger, along with the recording of the "Teratogenesis" EP for Scion A/V.
In February of 2013, Revocation recorded their fourth album with producer Pete Rutcho. Their self-titled album was released in August 2013, and was followed by a slot on the Summer Slaughter Tour 2013.
All Guts, No Glory 2011
Anatomy is Destiny 2003
Gore Metal 1998
Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated (covers) 2005
Platters of Splatter (demo / EP compilation) 2004
Exhumed Iron Reagan (split 12" EP) 2013
Something Sickened This Way Comes (split 7" MCD with Ingrowing) 2005
Deceased In The East (split Live 10” with Aborted) 2003
Untitled (Split 7” EP with Gadget) 2001
Untitled (Split 7" EP with Sanity's Dawn) 2000
Totally Fucking Dead (split 7” EP with Nyctophobic 1998
Tales Of The Exhumed (split 7” EP with Retaliation) 1998
Instruments Of Hell (split 7” EP with No Comply) 1997
Indignities To The Dead (split 7” EP with Pantalones Abajo Merenero) 1997
In The Name Of Gore (split CD with Hemdale) 1996
Blood And Alcohol (split 7” EP with Pale Existence) 1996
Exhumed / Haemorrhage (Live split cassette) 1995
Excreting Innards (7” EP) 1992
Rivers Of Nihil
Rivers of Nihil began their musical journey in 2009, and recorded their first EP, "Hierarchy", with Carson Slovak. Six years and multiple tours later, the band returned to Slovak and Atrium Audio in Pennsylvania, after having recorded their previous effort "The Conscious Seed of Light" in 2012 with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida. Since the release of that album and signing with Metal Blade Records, Rivers of Nihil found themselves quickly climbing the global metal ranks on the strength of overwhelmingly positive reviews and tours with Death (DTA Tours), Obituary, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Black Crown Initiate, plus an appearance at the storied New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. During the album campaign, the band was joined by new drummer Alan Balamut and guitarist Jon Topore. Balamut and Topore join guitarist Brody Uttley, bassist Adam Biggs, and vocalist Jake Dieffenbach to form the up-and-coming force of modern death metal that is Rivers of Nihil.
Topping their full-length debut is no elementary task; Terrorizer Magazine declared that Rivers of Nihil "manage to do something unashamedly modern, and yet make death metal sound twisted and malevolent," while HeavyBlogisHeavy.com simple noted that it was "Definitely one of the best debuts to come out this year." Guitarist Brody Uttley cites recent personal hardships as a major factor in the creative process for "Monarchy". Uttley divulges that "I lost a few close friends. The loss of these people had a profound influence on the creation of the music for this record. I was having strong feelings of rage, sadness, hope, and frustration as a result. The songs turned out heavier, darker, sadder, and more frightening than I had ever hoped that they would." The mood of this album, and the song sequence, reflect these emotions. "Monarchy" begins with the most heavy and darkest tracks, and continues to develop more progressive leanings until the end when Uttley says "the emotional tension completely falls apart."
Brody Uttley's home studio and emerging editing skills were put to task to track all of the guitars and bass. This afforded them the time and comfort to track practically stress free. Adam Biggs noted that this approach gave them "all the control we could ask for, as well as the time we needed to create the very lush and layered sound for the guitars that Brody envisioned for the record." Uttley shouldered the bulk of the song writing load for "Monarchy". This allowed for Uttley to flex his musical muscles to a larger degree than on previous albums, and even experiment a bit further. Uttley explains: "This album was a big step for us as a band, but also for me personally. I have always wanted to create something from start to finish (more or less) that musically expresses every single emotion that I have experienced during the process of composing the music." Brody continues: "I have always been a big fan of post rock music and I wanted to write a death metal record that combined the atmospheric elements of bands like Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, If These Trees Could Talk, and Sigur Ros (to name a few) with the heaviness of death metal."
Once the songs were ready, the band entered Atrium Studios to record vocals, drums, and to re-amp guitars and bass. Biggs described their time in the studio as "smooth, relaxed and a lot of fun" due to having put in time at Atrium Audio previously. Additionally, both new members brought a renewed vigor. Drummer Alan Balamut recorded the entire album in a day and a half, a respectable pace for even the most studio-hardened of drummers. Guitarist Jon Topore co-wrote "Reign of Dreams" with Uttley, which is an indication of great things to come from the relatively new guitar duo. This is a very new and very hungry Rivers of Nihil on the recording of "Monarchy".
And let's not forget the bearded mouthpiece for Rivers of Nihil, Jake Dieffenbach. Throughout the tracking of "The Conscious Stream of Light", Dieffenbach worked with producer Erik Rutan to refine the vocal approach in both pronunciation and consistency. Those lessons weren't forgotten, and are a continued focus here. Dieffenbach says that "Everything musically on this album has moved beyond the barriers of what I've been a part of before, and gives this river its definable flow, unlike anything we have ever written before, and I am absolutely beyond stoked."
The seasonal concept that began with spring on "The Conscious Seed of Light" continues, of course, with "Monarchy", as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in "The Conscious Seed of Light". Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band's primary lyricist, explains: "The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet."
Sludge Metal, Stoner Rock, Hardcore band from Nashville, Tennessee
Basses Loaded is a death metal band from Tulsa Oklahoma.
Founder, singer/songwriter and guitarist Bradley Lestarge originally created the band Basses Loaded back in 2006 with songwriter Dustin Selig and drummer Josh Graham the band ended in 2008 but the name lived on. we regrouped in 2012 and started playing shows in 2014. with many many member changes(drums) the man by my side since 2012 is the bass man skip. we've been through a lot with the band but we're stronger now with the current line up.. Skip Quit