REVENGIA - A DECADE IN THE DARK - METAL FORTRESS
Revengia is a new name to me despite the age of the recording - which stems from 2001 to 2004 - and the band's sound and style. That style is near to Motörhead and, for the scene veterans, Belgium's Killer. The raw and harsh sound of the band is often checked by melody however. Having said that, singer Matti Almsenius needs to cut back on his melodious vocalizing. The attempts at injecting harmony into the singing just do not work and he, and the band, would be better off being his own gruff self. The band's core sound will serve everyone better. The band is not monotonous however. Matricide has a distinct punk edge, Dying For An Answer is quite melodic, Dirge even has a full fledged metallic solo and the song Halloween mixes heavy chords with a slower tempo. The best song remains opening cut Revengia with its explosive arrangement. Worth noting is the drumming of Arch Enemy's Daniel Erlandsson which is markedly different from his display with his main band. Revengia is neither flashy nor trendy, but honest and true instead. - Ali "The Metallian"