Revmatic - Cold Blooded Demon
This year's Indie Of The Year contest came down to the wire, and for the majority of it's running it seemed that Revmatic were going to take top honors. A sudden spurt of activity from Safety Word Orange barely eeked it out from 'em. It's not too hard to see why Revmatic are so popular despite not having a deal going with any label. The music presented on Cold Blooded Demon is hook-heavy, just plain heavy and is reminiscent of White Zombie in some ways, an air of grunginess and a bit of a southern groove to some of the melodies. Not as impacting a release as I'd have expected, but solid nonetheless.
The first half of the album plays it safe while introducing/cementing the Revmatic sound to the listener. Opener "Head My Way" has some great bouncy energy and a fairly catchy chorus. One thing you'll notice a few songs in is that the band kinda plays it safe in their own territory, almost as if they've written most of these songs based on the same original 4 or 5 ideas. They really don't allow themselves to step out of the box until the wickedly cool "Such A Disease", which is more of a mid-paced grinder complete with very fitting and melodic leads. The speedier aggression on "A Dying Flame" and "Bad Behavior" is also welcome. Closer "So Far Away" might be the best track on the album, with some standout bass work and very sticky hooks.
Cold Blooded Demon is the type of album that would go Gold or better if it was given the proper marketing attention. No redefinition of it's sound present, but an ample and potent dose of bluesy, greasy, grungy hard rock that is equally nostalgic as it is current. The future no doubt holds great things for Revmatic, and even though this album didn't hit home the way I was looking forward to, I can still recommend it to any radio-friendly rock fan out there.
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on 2009-12-11 daystreetbrothel Said:
great to hear the heavier side of Revmatic finally come through on an entire CD, the heavier sound that one could hear on a couple of tracks from their previous offerings. The 1st track that I heard from Cold Blooded Demon is Finally, which is still my favourite song off of the CD, although, with the exception of Track 1 - Head My Way & track 10 - So Far Away, this is an amazing CD, not that the two afforementioned songs are horrible, they just don't have the appeal that the other tracks have, they don't grab your attention with a catchy riff like a song like Lie To Love Me, Bad Behavior, or Finally would. So Far Away is a good song, but sounds like it was written for the 2004 Ghetto Blaster CD and didn't make the cut THEN, but it belongs more on Ghetto Blaster than it does on CBD. The Title track, Cold Blooded Demon reminds one of John Bush era Anthrax in the verses, Joey Belladona, Persistance Of Time era Anthrax in the bridges, and then Revmatic in the Chorus', which isn't a bad thing at all. Probably the weakest of the remaining tracks is Such A Disease, which again isn't a horrible song at all, but reminds one of a slowed down Finally, But I would still listen to it in it's entireity. out of 10 tracks, I dig 8 of em, which, usually these days, if you can make it through a CD release and only skip 2 of 10 tracks, you doing alright.
on 2008-10-02 SolitaryMan Said:
Catchy with the blunt force impact of blue-collar metal, more simplistic melodies that stay challenging when coupled with solid solos and leads. A steady, persistent backing section acts as a quickened pulse to propel the guitar theatrics. This band has a sound that's ready to burst from the underground into the mainstream. They've got an early hold on my vote, but we'll see how the contest pans out down the stretch.
on 2008-09-30 dscanland Said:
In about two weeks Revmatic have gone from Zero to Hero on Music Emissions. Never heard of them before this but now I sure have. And they are winning the Indie Of The Year contest. This is how they do it: http://www.revmatic.com/
on 2008-09-21 jennydrew Said:
I love this album! Revmatic is a great band, good luck guys!
on 2008-09-20 hopps Said:
2008 marks Revmatics third release Cold Blooded Demon. Described by singer Nathan Yetter as the sound of Guns N Roses and Metallica in a car accident, the album marks a new beginning. The band decided to go in a heavier direction on the new album. The last two albums we're hard rock, this one is a little more Metal influenced. In the eight years since the band formed, they have molded themselves into an extremely fierce band, honing their sound into a state of lust with melodic vocals, thunderous double kick drums and guitars that are defined with dual leads. Fans and press received Revmatic's first release (Self Titled - 2002) and second release (Ghetto Blaster - 2004), with great response and the band sold over 1000 copies of each. Cold Blooded Demon is a powerful album musically and visually. The album art and design was done by Rory Fiorito who has worked with bands such as Diamond Head, Dokken, Ratt and Quiet Riot.
Formed in 2000, Revmatic was manifested by two close friends, Nathan Yetter (vocals/guitar) and Keith Daigle (bass) who have been playing in bands together since high school. Rob Baker (drums) joined the band in August 2001. In May 2007, Ron Berry left the band opening the door for Jay "Hopps" Hopkins (Guitars), who completed the final line-up in June 2007. His unique guitar style has brought a whole new element to Revmatic's sound.
In late 2007 early 2008 the band participated in a cross Canada battle of the bands competition through Bodog. Being the fifth highest voted band in canada they ended up lasting 3 rounds playing the regional finals in Toronto at Jeff Healey's bar. Reviews from the second night on Jan 2, 2008 at Stages Nightclub in Kingston said that "Revmatic changed the tone of the night as a heavy band with a sense of style, a great stage presence and lots of fan support.
Revmatic is pure raw energy right in your ears. They are a ferocious monster, beating you with a mess of high-end-heavy crunch, grind and utter grunge that blasts right through you. Revmatic has a thunderous sound that brings to mind bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Guns N Roses mixed with hard breakdowns and old school thunder.
They will be pounding the pavement throughout 2008-2009 in support of the new album.
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