Napalm Flesh: Local metal band spotlight: Reveeler

Posted December 16, 2010 in

Thursday, Dec. 16 — Ravings of a Madman, DarkBlood and Arsenic Addiction play Club Vegas. $5 gets you in, tunes underway at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18 — Club Vegas plays host to the masters of crossover, D.R.I., with retro thrashers Evile and Gamma Bomb joining the legends as well as local openers L.H.A.W. and Desolate. Tickets are $15, tunes underway at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18 — Shadowseer plays the Fearless Zone, 14476 South, 980 West, Bluffdale, UT, with a big ole batch of other locals. $5 bucks gets you into the all-ages show, music underway at 7 p.m.

SLUG: How would you best describe the sound of Reveeler to someone who has never heard the band before?
Brad Losito: We have a unique sound rooted in the ‘80s and ‘90s heavy metal genre, fused with today’s heavier, in-your-face attitude.  Our music is punctuated by shredding guitar licks, fierce double-bass, powerful vocals and haunting lyrics.

SLUG: Do you have any recorded material available to buy/purchase/listen to? If so, where can people pick it up/hear it? Do you have any recording plans? 
Losito: We went in the studio (Chamber 3 Records) and recorded 11 songs during the winter of 2009-2010.  So far, we’ve released four songs we thought were the best ones from those sessions on our self-titled CD “ReveeleR EP1.” Copies are available for only five dollars at all shows, just grab one of the band members.  People can hear several of our songs on MySpace at  Songs aren’t available for download at this time, but will be in the near future. You can also contact Brad (lead vocals) at 801-390-4064 or Anthony (guitar) at 801-589-5563 for CDs or bookings.  We also have killer t-shirts available. As far as recording plans, we will be busy writing and recording new material again as soon as 2011 hits.

SLUG: What is the mental mindset of your band, basically what is your band trying to convey to listeners? You can be as specific or non-specific as you’d like.
Losito: Our music attempts to convey the human condition of mankind.  Things can seem dark at times, but rather than just bitch about it we try to offer hope and incite provocative thought with our music.

SLUG: How do you feel about being part of the metal scene of Utah? If there’s anything you’d like to see change in the local “scene,” what would it be? 
Losito: Utah has a great metal scene and we are honored to be a part of that scene.  There are so many great bands and musicians in Utah and we’ve been privileged to play with many of them!  There are a lot of great venues in Utah these days and the number keeps growing. The one thing we’d really like to see is a more aggressive push in promoting these great venues, shows and local bands through media such as radio. 

SLUG: What do you think makes your band unique not just to locals, but the metal scene entirely? 
Losito: We’re not your typical, garden-variety rock/metal band.  We strive to be professional musicians and we hope our music and lyrics are compelling enough to stand on their own merit.  All of the band members are influenced with diverse musical backgrounds that we have melded into our own unique sound that can’t really be defined by any one particular category of rock.  Because of that, our music seems to appeal to a wide audience, from the totally hardcore to classic rockers. 

Check out Reveeler on Fri. Dec 17 at The Fifth in Bountiful.

Sons of Tonatiuh
Sons of Tonatiuh
Hydrophonic Records
Street: 09.01
Sons of Tonatiuh = Sourvein + Eyehategod + Weedeater
You won’t find happy melodies on this record to whistle your way through your workday on Son of Tonatiuh’s new album, but I cannot stop spinning this monster. This band bridges the gap between Down fans to the mighty obscurers of the riff, Eyehategod. Sonically, this album has memorable guitar riffs. On  “Consumed,” or “The Artifact,” there is incredibly low-tuned feedback-consumed guitar riffing and pounding drum kit murder. Songs “Den of Thieves” and “Chain up the Masses” start out with some grooving and good beats before getting insane. SOT truly is the vile, more ugly, sinister side of music that gets your mental juices dripping. This is violent and pissed-off sludge for people who know that real life isn’t a catchy dance beat or a sappy chorus about the good things in life, it’s amplifier murder and vocals that sound like the singer is being tortured. Sons of Tonatiuh is a bloodletting exercise to not only face your personal demons, but wreak havoc upon them. –Bryer Wharton

Poetry for the Poisoned
KMG Recordings
Street: 09.14
Kamelot = Avantasia + Masterplan + Orden Ogan
I don’t consider myself an authority on power metal in the slightest. I know there are plenty of bands I enjoy, but it’s such a huge and diverse genre, I always feel like I’m missing something. Poetry for the Poisoned is my first encounter with Kamelot. Lyrically and conceptually, the album runs into the realm of dark, but beautiful themes. There is no question: The record spent a lot of time in the studio mixing room, there are layers and layers of sound—it’s good for the more crunchy and less flair guitar sound, but bad for other things. The keyboard work was overkill, at times it plays out as a dynamic element to the songs, but other times it plays out as an annoying backdrop that distracts from the decent guitar soloing and lead work on the album. The sound is easily appealing to modern power metal audiences, though. There are some catchy songs lying in wait here, but also a good hunk of filler, horribly bland songwriting and a vocal performance that lacks the emotion that makes power metal, well, powerful. It’s probably safe to check the record out if you’re a fan of previous works or if you enjoy modernized melodic power metal with stripped-down guitar approach. –Bryer Wharton

Murder Construct
Murder Construct
Street: 11.23
Murder Construct = Cattle Decapitation + Impaled + Phobia + Nasum
If this EP is an indication of things to come, which it damn well better be, I’ll be a happy camper. I would certainly call Murder Construct a super-group of sorts. It’s got two current members of Exhumed and personnel from Intronaut, Uphill Battle, Bad Acid Trip, Phobia, Impaled—the list of members bands goes on. This is death/grind in the more down-tuned sense of the genre: The guitar tone rumbles beneath your feet and pushes against your heart, the vocals are guttural and the gloriously grizzly bass guitar thickens everything into a congealed bloody mess of Murderous death metal-influenced grind. There is a fair amount of groove on the album, it’s just played at a faster pace than your normal groove. “I Am That,” is currently my favorite grind tune, and it will be yours once you hear it. If you like any of the bands the members of Murder Construct are associated with, you will love this. Bring on the full-length and bring it on soon. –Bryer Wharton

Mr. Death
Death Suits You EP
Agonia Records
Street: 09.26
Mr. Death = Grave + Dismember + Unleashed + Expulsion
This quick and nasty EP from Sweden’s Mr. Death is a nice hit of what I would call modern-produced, classic-styled Swedish death metal. The guitar tone retains that classic buzz saw bass fuzziness that the legends of Swedish death metal pioneered, but its clarity is definitely higher in the mix and retains a hefty amount of sheer riff chunkiness. Death Suits You doesn’t offer anything new to the death metal table, but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t intended to, at all. I mock the notion that you have to be new and inventive to be good. As long as you’re damned good at what you do, I’m pretty content with that. This EP is over in less than 20 minutes time and seems to go by in a violent haze. “Strandead” and “On Day 51” offer up some choice guitar riffing. The guttural growled death vocals fly by fast, which greatly suit the EP’s speed much better than a drawn out death gurgle would. There’s a nice d-beat and punk undertone to the tunes too. EP’s are cheap, and if you’re looking for a nice dosage of classic yet up-to-date Swedish death, this can satisfy. While the cover art isn’t too fancy, there’s a 10” vinyl version lurking about as well as the MCD release. –Bryer Wharton