Vomitory - _Revelation Nausea_
(Metal Blade, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Vomitory seem to have no qualms about calling themselves purveyors of old-school Swedish death metal. So, casting any thought of originality aside, the question is: how good are they at playing it? As you can imagine from my rating above, I think they're pretty damn good. The vocals are a bit faceless and even somewhat casual sounding, but apart from that, _Revelation Nausea_ is powerful, tight, catchy and dynamic. Even when -- after an excellent couple of opening tracks -- Vomitory make me wonder about the Swedish-ness of it all as the twin riff of something Bolt Thrower once wrote makes its appearance midway through third track "Beneath the Soil", I am still enjoying it. This is not necessarily the case for the entirety of the remaining tracks, but as far as I'm concerned Vomitory are generally welcome to tear into the next track each time they finish one. This is not to say that you're likely to be listening to this record very often far into the year 2001 if you know what the genre is about, because entertaining and enjoyable as _Revelation Nausea_ may be, innovation does not abound here -- but quality does, and Vomitory should get some credit for that.
(article published 1/10/2001)
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