I started the year being jaded with the whole black/death metal thing, but over the course of 2015 there have been some enjoyable releases of the genre, such as Archgoat and more recently, Triumvir Foul‘s debut full length. Unexpectedly, I am also ending the year with the genre, with Canadian chaotic horde Revenge‘s latest opus, Behold.Total.Rejection.
My journey with Revenge began with their 2008 release, Infiltration.Downfall.Death, with Survival (The Absolute Truth) leaving one hell of an impression on me with its blistering grindcore speed and aggression, along with the crushing black/death metal intensity. Since then Revenge has been a regular (and effective) outlet for me to vent frustrations. But having slowly backed off from the genre, it has led me to wonder what Behold.Total.Rejection had in place for me, and suffice to say it wasn’t a mistake to rediscover the band on their fifth full length release.
From the opening seconds of Scum Defection [Outsider Neutralized] Revenge proves why they are easily one of the forerunners of the genre, with the relentless chaos and destruction that the band bestows upon the listener. James Read had always been one of my favourite drummers in the genre, from his works with Kerasphorus and Axis of Advance, but it is on Revenge that he truly lets loose, thus resulting in some of his most brutal works. Vermin adds his touch to the mayhem with the frantic leads that are littered throughout the album, and that usual generous pick scratches to up that sense of unease in the listener.
At 41 minutes, Behold.Total.Rejection is the band’s longest release thus far, also containing simultaneously the band’s longest and shortest tracks put out. Mass Death Mass and E.T.H.R. [Failure Erased] sees the band displaying their grindcore influences, while Mobilization Rites and Nihilist Militant [Total Rejection] showcases their tendency towards annihilation and extermination of humankind through prolonged brutality.
The thing that really set Behold.Total.Rejection apart from their last two release is the production on the album. The drums seem to be mixed higher over here, and this certainly helps in upping the entire crushing, suffocating experience of Revenge. Apart from that, it is business as usual for the band, pleasing fans of the Ross Bay Cult style and the war metal genre.