Monday, March 26, 2012

Music Reviews: Revilers - "Revilers"

It's that time of year again folks. The weather is starting to break. The nights are getting a little longer. The weather a little nicer. And the new music is blaring out loud and clear. And leading the pack for the spring/summer 2012 invasion is a great band from Boston called Revilers! This is a band who are bringing back Boston hardcore and are holding no punches along the way. The band just released their newest self titled album (out not on  PATAC Records), packed with 13 fist pumping, boot stomping, hardcore anthems that are just as in your face as anything that you may have heard back in '84! Maybe even better!

The album kicks into high gear with "No Bullshit Reactor". You want riffs? A sing along chorus? Fast and furious beat? Well, look no further. This track has that and more. And it's just a taste of what you'll get with the rest of the album. It's just a solid opener and one of the best lead tracks I've ever heard. "Fifth Column" "Control" and "Sick Of Being Sick And Tired" are just as good with more major riffing and hard charged lyrics that are powerful and honest. You can really feel the anger and frustration in the songs. True music for the blue collar, working-your-ass-off-to-make-ends-meat men and women of the world.

The band, JH (vocals/guitar), S (vocals/guitar), DH (bass) and HD (drums), are here to let you know that hardcore is still active and relevant in Boston. They have a passion for their craft and an honesty that's always been the true backbone of the hardcore movement. Play what you feel. Play from the heart. Tell it like it is, whether people like it or not. And don't hold back. "End Of The Road", "Negativity" and my favorite track "All Ages" are anthems for a new generation of punk fans. If this album doesn't make you believe in the power of staying true to what you believe in, then I don't know what else will.

The Revilers are a band for these times. In a world that's falling apart at the seams, where unemployment is still at an all time high it's good to see that us working class are not the only ones who are pissed off and demand change. If you're feeling hopelessly stuck in a rut, pissed off at your boss, or just feel like kicking back with a 12 pack and some good music, put this album on and let the music make you forget about life for a little while. After all, isn't that what music is supposed to do?

4 ½ / 5 stars

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