Album Title: Scum.Collapse.Eradication
The production on this record is well-balanced, with plenty of low-end matched by guitars and cymbals which rise above it. Revenge's sound remains remarkably coherent even when everything's blasting; both J. Read's drumming and the lead guitar are equally easy to follow, giving this record surprising depth.
The last record was a little different -- a bit more complex, a bit slower in places -- but on Scum.Collapse.Eradication the band manages to combine that approach with the feral insanity of their first two records, retaining the full impact of both. The result just might be the best Revenge record of all time: packed with crushing slow parts, tempo changes, and surprisingly memorable riffs amidst a torrent of raging, frothing hatred. The vocals are a cut above as well, belched and snarled and bellowed, sometimes pitch-shifted, vomiting pure aggression all over each and every track. "Scorned Detractor" is a perfect example, with a vocal intro that has to be heard to be believed. I don't even miss Pete Helmkamp on this record, and I doubt I'll ever type *that* sentence twice!
This is still Revenge, though, and that means that everyone will either hate it or love it; what you hear is what you get, and what you get is thirty-five minutes worth of pummelling blasts and churning guitars. If that's what you're looking for you'll be well-pleased by this; most of the album is a frantic paean to grinding chaos, especially "Parasite Gallows (In Line)" and "Banner Degradation (Exile or Death)". Not one millisecond of this will be a let-down to anyone familiar with Revenge; as always, the ferocity of this band stands unparalleled. Despite ten years of copycat bands no one has ever managed to outdo Revenge... and if this record is any indication, perhaps no one ever will. Scum.Collapse.Eradication earns my highest recommendation.
Standout Tracks: "Parasite Gallows (In Line)", "Pride Ruination (Division Collapse)", "Scorned Detractor (Trust No One)"