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Revocation

This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link: https://soundslavetv.wordpress.com/

 

We were lucky enough to be able to ask David Davidson of technical death/thrash metal warlords Revocation a few questions.

 

Okay first question, how did the band get started?

Revocation was formed in 2006 after we decided to change the name of our old band. We recorded our ‘Summon The Spawn’ demo shortly afterwards and began gigging more and more to make a name for ourselves.

 

How did you choose your band name?

There’s a black metal band called ‘The Legion’ who put out a record called ‘Revocation’ that I really dug. After thinking about the meaning of that word for a bit, I thought it would be a cool name for a band. I’ve always liked one word band titles since they really feel like a statement to me, so I brought it up in practise and it just sort of stuck.

 

How would you describe your sound?

We blend a lot of different elements into our music, but the core of our sound is death/thrash.

 

Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Martyr, Gorguts, Pantera, Megadeth and Exhorder.

 

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

I would say that just starting out as a touring band was a big challenge to overcome because we weren’t making any money at all in the beginning since no one knew about our band. Touring can be so expensive with gas money and van repairs, so when you’re only making $50 a night it can be really tough to make things work financially.

 

What has been your favourite show to play over the years?

Probably when we played in Tokyo with Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy, that was such a trip going over there.

 

Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

I stage dove in Cleveland when we were on tour with Darkest Hour and the crowd dropped me on my head. The club had concrete floors so I busted my head wide open and had to get eight staples in the back of my head at the local ER. Luckily I was okay though and managed to play the show the next day totally fine.

 


 

Messages from the band

 

Revocation will be on tour across Europe with Cannibal Corpse and Aeon this October/November (starting in Finland on October 14th and wrapping up in Holland on November 30th) and their fifth studio album ‘Deathless’ will be available from October 14th.

 

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INTERVIEW: Revocation

These questions were answered by David Davidson, vocalist and guitarist of technical death/thrash metallers Revocation.

 

How would you describe your style of music?

The core of our sound is death/thrash, but there’s also a strong progressive influence as well.

 

What would you say the main message behind your music is?

I don’t think there is a singular message behind our music, it can mean so many different things to different people it’s a bit too hard for me to distil it down to one main theme.

 

Describe your songwriting process.

It all starts with a collection of riffs that I think fit well together. From there I start working out the arrangement in my head and eventually record a rough demo on my computer. Then I’ll send that demo to our drummer Ash so he can get familiar with the structure. Once we get in a room together, we start jamming through the parts until everyone is up to speed and then I’ll make some little tweaks here and there or the other guys will make some suggestions of ideas to try out arrangement wise. After all the parts feel solidified I’ll start working on lyrics, solos and melodies to complete the song.

 

How do you decide your setlist for shows?

We usually start a group text thread and bounce different songs off each other. Generally we’re usually all on the same page so it doesn’t take us too long to lock down a setlist.

 

Do you have a favourite show that you’ve played?

That’s a tough one seeing as we’ve been touring pretty solidly for the past few years. One show that sticks out in recent memory was a festival in Colombia called ‘Manizales Grita Rock’. There were about 14,000 people there, so that was a pretty unique experience since I’ve never played in front of a crowd that big before.

 

What is your favourite song to perform live?

Currently, ‘Madness Opus’.

 

What is your craziest tour story?

We were on tour with Darkest Hour and Periphery a few years back and I was trying to get Misha to stage dive since he had never done it. I tried to assure him that it was totally safe so I went off and dove into the crowd. The first time the crowd caught me and rested me safely on the ground, the second time however things didn’t quite go as planned and long story short the back of my head hit the concrete floor and I ended up in the ER with eight staples in my head. After all that I’m not surprised that Misha never followed my lead!

 

Does anyone in the band have any bad habits?

We all used to party a little too hard on tour, but we seem to be mellowing out as the years go by.

 

If you could go back to the beginning of the band, would you do anything differently?

No, I like to thank of any mistakes that we’ve made along the way as a learning experience.

 

And finally, any advice for young bands or people thinking of starting a band?

Try to find your own voice and be creative.

 


 

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