Saturday, 21 March 2009

My Top 5 Revelation Records LPs

Ok, here is my take on the age old question that has plagued many a hardcore enthusiastic: what are the best five LPs to be released adorning the highly esteemed Revelation star logo?

In ascending order;

5. Shelter - Perfection of Desire

This record blew apart people's conception of hardcore's aesthetics and values. The music is half YOT-esque fast songs, half whacky experimental rock, induced with a healthy dose of DC influences by the guys Ray Cappo drafted in for recording purposes.

4. Damnation A.D - Kindgom of Lost Souls

Crushing metallic hardcore with enough mind-bending riffs to fill a Slayer record. Ken Olden's guitar sound always bugged me on youth crew records but on here it ruled. Mike McTernan's vocals are unreal. Catchy and hard as nails; an uncany combination. The artwork was stolen from a kids' boardgame.

3. Kiss It Goodbye - She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Hectic metallic hardcore with equal doses of Rorschach and Unsane thrown in. Tim Singer's vocals are strained, dynamic and haunting. Bands like Coalesce took five years to catch upto the guitar work these dudes were pedalling.

2. Chain of Strength - The One Thing That Still Holds True

Yeah, yeah, not really an LP and not an original Rev release but what the fuck I have to put these guys in. Musically it just has a feel that I love. Relatively melodic, a great vocal sound and enough crunch to induce some infectious sing alongs.

1. Quicksand - Manic Compression

I'm cringing right now just thinking of the records not on this list - Battery, Youth of Today, The Judas Factor among many - but here it is, my favourite Rev release ever. It took me a good while to get into this record but not it is this big complex, heavy but equally melodic beast that I can never stop listening to. Tom Capone was metal. Walter had an ear for melody. The formula worked and is perhaps an indication as to why their seprate projects never achieved the same originality.

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