Today, Swedish sonic iconoclasts Reveal! stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fourth album, Doppelherz, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for international release on December 10th via Sepulchral Voice Records, hear Reveal!‘s Doppelherz in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Ever surprising, ever seemingly in turmoil, Uppsala’s Reveal! have built a shockingly defiant canon of musick over the past decade under this moniker. Keenly note musick: while undoubtedly rooted in metal, these four mavericks have been predictably unpredictable in just how far they’ll push their sound. Their Nocturne of Eyes and Teeth full-length debut in 2011 might’ve been bent and broken as far as extreme metal goes, but the follow-up Flystrips in 2016 began setting Reveal! away from the pack. And like true lone wolves, three years later did Scissorgod finally separate the wheat from chaff.
A modern classic that confused and cajoled in equal measure, Scissorgod set forth a spectrum of sounds which had no precedent. Thirsty and miserable but with beautiful bloodshot eyes, the Reveal! of Scissorgod sonically/spiritually nodded to noise-rock of yesteryear – be it The Birthday Party and other ‘80s Australian contemporaries on to the “pigfuck” movement of Big Black, Scratch Acid, Killdozer, and early Pussy Galore – but filtered it through a brittle lens of ancient death metal and first-wave black metal…and yet, it sounded nothing like that at all. LUNATIC ROCK? Maybe.
And predictably, Reveal! return with another unpredictable record which asks yet more questions and gives no easy answers: Doppelherz. Indeed, Doppelherz is NOT “easy” – in fact, it’s arguably more challenging than Scissorgod – but through some strange sort of magick known only to them, Reveal! here have become more…cinematic? Epic? More “listenably unlistenable”? Truly. But, only half the truth, because the band’s truth could be lies, and lies always entice…
Doppelherz is lunatic, and it rocks. It IS epic, and it IS cinematic. It’s also more melodic, more wounded, more wasted, more desperate, and also more accomplished and “cleaner” – only VERY relatively speaking, for this is grade-A DIRT we’re still talking about – and more professional / “professional” and even kinda more heavy metal…in the wildest, weirdest way possible.
Or, it all just sounds like Reveal! No other outfit dances as dangerously on the thin line between genius and madness as these insane Swedes, and Doppelherz is poignant proof.
In the leadup to its international release this Friday, hear Doppelherz in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America’s only monthly metal magazine. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Reveal! (Sweden)’s Doppelherz
1. Cocoon (Bitch Regalia)
4. Angel’s Bend
5. Clearly, God Damn
6. Stalactites (When Cast Down the Mountain)
7. Mal Aria
8. Bags of Shine
9. Some Marionettes, Some Kites (A Few Knives)