Originally operating under the moniker Cryptic Warning, Boston, Massachusetts extreme metal trio Revocation emerged in the mid-2000s armed with a super-technical thrash/death metal-style prizing virtuosity as much as heaviness and aggression. As Cryptic Warning, the band found favor with the metal underground via a pair of well-received demos and a full-length. After changing over to Revocation in 2006, the trio racked up accolades via virtuosic blasts of uncompromising thrash like Chaos of Forms (2011), Deathless (2014), and The Outer Ones (2018).
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist David Davidson, vocalist/bassist Anthony Buda, and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne -- all of whom showcase incredible dexterity at their chosen instruments, even by heavy metal standards -- the group began attracting attention from numerous labels with their self-released Summon the Spawn EP (2006) and Empire of the Obscene album (2008). They eventually decided to sign with Relapse Records, and delivered their sophomore full-length, Existence Is Futile, in September 2009, also to very positive reviews. The band continued to impress with subsequent albums Chaos of Forms (2011) and Revocation (2013), and in 2014 they inked a deal with Metal Blade and released Deathless, which would become their highest-charting LP to date. It would also be the last outing for drummer Dubois-Coyne, who would leave the group shortly after Deathless' release. 2016's Great Is Our Sin introduced new drummer Ash Pearson (3 Inches of Blood), and in September, 2018 they issued their seventh studio long player, The Outer Ones, followed by their first North American headlining tour. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia