By Matthew Cox
2006. 9:30 club, Washington, D.C. I went for an Evanesence concert. I left with a favorite new band. Rev Theory (then called Revelation Theory) blew me away with their set, and specifically their first hit single “Slow Burn.” The band was personable, loved their fans, even personally sold us their own CDs after the show. It left an impression then, to say the least, and with their follow-up album Light it Up, the band hit as big as I argue they should have with their debut album. For those unfamiliar, you may recognize their biggest hit on that album, “Hell Yeah,” from WWE, the theme song for the show Blue Mountain State, or as the first music video to premiere on Xbox Live. But enough history, let me put this fan boy hard-on away so I can actually review the goddamn album.
There’s a signature sound to Rev; a familiar hard guitar rift from Julien Jorgensen paired with lead singer Rich Luzzi’s articular war cry, a solid rhythm kept by drummer Dave Agoglia and Matty Mccluskey, and an uplifting lyrical quality that is amped, motivated, and empowering (as if there’s a negativity in your life you are about to fucking own). A great example of this can be seen in “Justice” on their last album of the same name, which also has a badass cover featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn that is the physical emotion of what you feel when watching Liam Neeson give his Taken speech. For The Revelation, I’d argue that signature song lies with “My Killers,” which is full of allusion to the power one’s emotions have over their vessel. The entire album contains the zeal of righteousness and confidence, shown in other key songs like “We Own the Night” and “Blow it Up.” Their continuous homage to the beauty of love and lust is also present with “Red Light Queen” that follows similar footsteps as in their previous hits like “My Favorite Disease.” The album also has a trademark slower track in “Candle Burns,” proving the heavy point of their musical spear has a sharp and refined tip, though they step away from an acoustic performance unlike what they did with “Broken Bones” on their previous album.
Haven’t seen them live? They’re one of those greats that sounds as amazing live as on your car speakers. The band’s energy and connectedness to the crowd parallel’s bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Disturbed. Jorgensen’s solos are majestic. Rev’s group dynamic feels like a hive mind of talent. And there are currently rumors circulating that viewing Rich perform in person may cause you to become spontaneously pregnant. I guess you don’t choose your superpowers.
Catch The Revelation on iTunes or Spotify, and check them out at their official site www.revtheory.com or throw’m a Like on Facebook. I hope that through their musical prowess and from the words I’ve written here, you’ll be as Rev’d as I am about this band. And in Theory I’m sure they are tired of puns.