|Review: Revolted Masses - Us or Them|
|Us or Them|
Year released: 2013
Review online: April 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Us or Them
Greece has always had a promising and fertile Metal scene from which we, the consumer of Metal music, have received a bunch of quality albums for our listening pleasure over the years.
Revolted Masses was formed in 2008 and has recorded a couple of demos and one studio album thus far. Us or Them, the 11-song debut full-length outing, is a pretty strong tour de force that shows off their songwriting claws. Revolted Masses blend a modern type of melodic and groovy Death Metal with progressive Thrash and they doing it well and with a lot of ambition. They have many interesting layers within their songs and their sense for striking melodies is endless. It’s obvious they have taken their time composing the songs for Us or Them. Revolted Masses sounds huge due to the album’s quality production and they don’t hesitate to experiment whenever experimentation is needed, keeping things interesting for both listeners and for themselves.
It’s actually hard to pinpoint any specific bands to compare Revolted Masses to but if I had to, I would perhaps pick Sepultura (both Max and Derrick eras), Septic Flesh (due to some exotic elements, including Tanya Leontiou’s guest vocals), Behemoth (because of George Triantafyllidis’ very powerful vocals) and Meshuggah (due to the experimentation). Then I would add a wild blend of something from the Gothenburg melo-Death scene and something off from a band like Immolation, especially the creepy, tormented guitars (check out a song called "Deathblock 11"). Revolted Masses’ sound is a provocative mixture of quite a few influences and I must admit that they employ those influences well.
Should Us or Them be on your list of albums to check out? I think so.
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