REVEAL draw inspiration from a wide range of genres, artists, and styles and thus have they been convicted as the black chameleons in the worldwide heavy metal / rock scene. But, this is actually a very conservative scene, where innovation & progress is a cuss rather than a cachet.
After their phenomenal black metal debut in 2011, Nocturne Eyes and Teeth, REVEAL rightly recruited a fanbase who was then left shocked and disturbed when they released their second album, Flystrips, in 2016. Challenging even the most adventurous listeners, the chameleons of REVEAL here delivered an album that encompassed very different themes and sounds, yet one with an even darker underlying aura than the debut.
However, now the Devil’s most beloved tongue & tool is about to release their third album, ominously named Scissorgod , once again via SEPULCHRAL VOICE RECORDS: an album where REVEAL present themselves at their highest musical level, their most visionary yet also most grounded. From pure rockers like “Harder Harder,” “Clevermouth,” and the title track “Scissorgod” to emotional bleeders like “Decomposer” or “Coin Toss” to ultra-black metal killers like “Down Through the Hole,” REVEAL present themselves in a more widescreen and Technicolor manner – their focus frightening, their vision more artistic than ever before. These nine songs reflect the halos, the thorn-crowns, and the maelstrom of fire wherein REVEAL struggle and always swirl & whirl, but show that this band is radiant on a pale, grey metallic sky.
Repeating the REVEAL pattern, Scissorgod turned out to be an album that will separate the wheat from the chaff again. But this time, it does not require a full basic understanding of the band’s attitude and the knowledge of the fucked-up world they live in to follow the album. In other words, this time, their nailbomb toys are more cuddly and their razorblade candy is more sweet. Although their ever-present schizo grin and the tangible lethal intention is still shining through the darkness all the time, a sardonic weltanschauung is built upon microcosmic insanity: REVEAL present a world of filth erected in the midst of Elysium, black-minded and strong. Or, more directly, with Scissorgod do REVEAL prove again that they give no fucks for uniforms, blinders, and the opinions of others; they simply collect and inhale the madness of the world and channel it into a pure outburst of DEATH ROCK (think about those two words for a moment). Scissorgod is not that far away from absorption & understanding like maybe Flystrips was, but scene sheriffs will predictably feel themselves as targets…and fucking definitely will the Scissorgod cut & stab some small-stature sheriffs.
The production of Scissorgod deserves special attention. This time, REVEAL did not lock themselves up in a punkish DIY process, but hired none other than Martin -Konie- Ehrenkrona (In Solitude, Henrik Palm, Pig Eyes, Nifelheim) to turn the knobs and entered the Cobra Studios in Stockholm. The result is a top-notch production that evokes the feeling that REVEAL are playing live in your room.
So, don’t be afraid: be thankful – be faithful – for what REVEAL has to say. It can be the soundtrack while we dance a spiral downwards, down through a hole.
… and when the music is over, turn off the life!…
2. Harder Harder
4. Down Through The Hole
5. Feeble Hearts
7. The Plot Thickens
8. What Pigs Get
9. Coin Toss