Thursday, 2 May 2013
Revelation - Inner Harbor (album review)
'Inner Harbor' opens with some groove, a nice funky riff that puts a glide in the stride and a dip in the hip, before spilling out onto the slow and fat doomy riff that closes the title track. This is how Revelation operates, they let the funk flow like maple syrup, never straying too far from their doomed roots.
John Brenner's keyboards take songs such as "Terribilita" and "Rebecca at the Well" to a time and place when bands were trying to update their sound and take rock music in a more progressive direction. Ironically, these effects more often than not dated those old albums severely but it gives Revelation's music a distinctly retro flavor. This isn't a bad thing. The two tracks mentioned above in particular stand next to Black Sabbath's 'Sabotage' in terms of quality and at other times reminding of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' album in terms of texture and tone. The keyboards on "Jones Falls" tends to remind me of the keyboards on Sabbath's 'Never Say Die' album, having that same surprising, striking counterpoint feel. That's just the thing with the keys on this album, they are used as counterpoint and never drive the song, they get their time in the sun but never end up overshadowing, however because of their striking nature and vibrant tone the keys leave a long-lasting impression.
"Rebecca at the Well" is one of the heaviest songs ever, made more so by the fact that it's surrounded by five songs that rely less on heaviness and more on competent and intelligent playing, dynamics and quality to get their point across. This song's got those factors in spades as well and is a true standout. Overdosing on low end rumble, the listener is taken to chambers of melodic tritone leads and tension building prog dungeons that have more than a touch of Dawn of the Dead (1978) feel, all in one song that never loses sight of its starting point.
Bland Hand Records, but has finally been released on CD by the good people at Shadow Kingdom Records. This album is loaded with 70s groove and proggy soundscapes. For doom heads who are also lovers of the most hirsute decade of all time and its soundtrack, this album can't be missed, there's no two ways about it.
Highlights include: "Rebecca At The Well" and "Terribilita"
Total Run Time: 35:01
Steve Branagan - Drums
John Brenner - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Bert Hall Jr. - Bass
From: Baltimore, Maryland
Genre: Prog, Doom
Reminds me of: Black Sabbath, Blizaro, Pink Floyd
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Shadow shamblin' and groove struttin'.
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