Okay, pay no attention to those oh-so-obviously planted reviews. I am a true hard rock fan and have been my whole life or, well, at least since its inception when I was just a youngsta. My musical tastes have certainly evolved over the last forty years, but here is a sampling of what I have been listening to for the past couple of years (among many others): Sevendust, Flaw, Adema, Memento, Alter Bridge, Ra, Saliva, Fuel, Dark New Day, Staind, Taproot. I like so much more than that but can only mention a few because this is, after all, a review of Revelation Theory and their new album, “Truth is Currency”. I like hard, melodic rock with interesting lyrics. Please do not misunderstand me, I am not comparing Revelation Theory to any of the aforementioned bands, but if you like any of those, chances are you can appreciate this magnificent music. I originally heard “Slowburn” on XM Radio’s Squizz (THE BEST ROCK STATION ON THE PLANET!) and instantly knew I had to hear more. I’m glad it wasn’t on iTunes because I probably would have just bought the single song “Slowburn” and then taken forever to get around to picking up the album. So I got the album, started right in to listening, and to my complete, utter and gratified amazement, EVERY SINGLE SONG was incredible. A song would play and I would think, “this is so great…” and then the next one would play and I would think, “this one is even better”. It didn’t seem possible that they could keep getting better in near exponential fashion, but what was happening was I was liking each song more and more with each additional listen. In other words, it continues to grow on me. Now, keep in mind that I do not claim to be any type of expert on music, I just know what I like. “In truth”, there is really nothing here that is earth-shattering or ground-breaking. There is a feeling of familiarity when I listen to this album, a sense that’s it has been “done before”, but they do it well. Really well. I love listening to it. So it gets my personal 5 stars. If you like this genre, then you’ll probably like what Revelation Theory is doing. I hope to hear more from them in the future.
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Take your first listen to Revelation Theory’s debut, “Truth Is Currency” and you can conjure up countless bands to compare these guys to. If David Draiman of Disturbed mated with Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and fronted a band influenced by nothing but Staind and Seether, you would have Revelation Theory. It’s true, this band is not covering any new bases. However, fans of the genre will find an album that is easy to pick up and listen to. Despite not being a very long effort at that, it is to the point and most importantly, just rocks.
There are ten songs on “Truth Is Currency.” Eight of them are hard-rocking ear candy. Two of them are modern-rock ballads — “Selfish And Cold” and “Over The Line.” Since these are the two songs that step outside the boundaries, they are by defualt the best of the album. But on the whole, it’s a solid listen. I wish I had more to say about it, but do the math. Ten songs plus a familair sound equals not much to say.
Saw this band on tour with Evanescence in Chicago. Props to the band for a hard show… honestly the live version is better than this recording, but a great record nonetheless. The band was also very dynamic, interacting with the crowd and were out front signing the CD’s after the show… they are very fan oriented.
I’d give the CD a 4.5, but the live performance was a perfect 5 so I’ll bump them up for the live show kudos. Going to be a hit when they go national headline.
The Up Side: Revelation Theory sort of flew under my radar earlier this year when they released Selfish and Cold, so I’m a bit new to these guys, but if Truth Is Currency is any indication of what greatness this band will become, they’ve got a fan for life in me. Currency is refreshing hard rock in the vein of Staind and early Breaking Benjamin, a style that seems to have dropped off quite a bit in recent years. From Out Of Our Hands to Over The Line, RT packs 10 gems back to back for a pleasing 30+ minutes.
The Down Side: Currency is pretty short. A couple more songs would have rounded things out nicely. Also, one of my favorite RT songs, Far From Home, isn’t on here!!
The Conclusion: Fans of Seether, Staind, Breaking Benjamin and Allele should find alot to enjoy on Truth Is Currency. Even casual rock/nu-metal fans can enjoy the singles, so what are you waiting for? GET IT!!!
I’m constantly flicking through Amazon, following a paper trail of “Other Customers Bought this…” as well as lists and reviews trying to find new bands so that I have different to listen to. Generally I tend to stick the Alternative stuff.
Lately I’ve been without anything new, not since 10 Years a while ago. Alot of new albums came out last year, but there hasn’t been alot this year (for me) to fill the void.
Revelation Theory has produced a good debut album, a band that explores a few different speeds, sounds and vocals/instrument across the way. While I will not lie and say that there are some songs which echo the one before it, and that they remind me of other bands and hence their appeal, but this is an album which demonstrates a band which I would like to get into now and support so that they mature and bring out even better stuff in the future – I encourage you to do the same.
I also suggest that you visit their myspace to listen to a few samples, which includes ‘Slowburn’ and ‘Selfish and Cold’ – the former being a heavier and the latter more predominately acoustic. These should give you a good enough idea of their sound.
The only thing I think the band lacks, is just the final nuances of passion which separates them from other bands. While the heavier songs might make you think ‘Is that not a form of passion?’ I remind you that I did not say they had none. The band lacks the energy or anger which might propel the sound beyond into becoming atypical of their contemporaries. However, the potential is there and layered through their music which leads me with much hope. The only other thing which bothers me with this album is the distinct lack of length of the songs (which can be forgiven due to this being a debut) and it will be interesting with their next CD whether they will try to increase it. (The songs are short because they tend to focus on the music accompanied by vocals, lacking in the instrumental breaks which allows the other members to experiment and show their skills)
Songs like World to Burn, M367 (Out of Our Hands) and Loathe are examples of songs which immediately pique interest and retain their merits after a couple of listens, they all are (with Loathe to a degree) all heavier tracks though the band has experimented with the acoustic through ‘Selfish and Cold’ as well ‘Over the Line’ which ends the album quite nicely being, in my opinion, one of the best Tracks on the CD. The vocals are clear and have a good spectrum of sounds from an emphatic hoarse shout to being melodic, I only wish some of the other instruments got the same look in.
All in, 4/5 stars. I highly recommend them as a fresh new sound that might go a long way. Hence, there is one star left free – I’m hoping in their next album the experience and feedback from their first will have produced maturity and evolved more idenity and sound. I have expectations. I hope they are met =)