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The Absence
May 2012
Released: 2011, Indie
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Revengine are a quartet from Finland and they have been going for a few years now as THE ABSENCE is their fourth release, and they are starting to get some wider recognition. The band presents a well-packaged, well put together eight-track album that is a little on the short side at 35 minutes.

The band have got their act together, good production, good presentation and some strong individual performances but ultimately the disc is quite average. The bias is purely mine. I'm not a fan of the alt. Metal /Grunge sound and that is what Revengine do. The whole album is slow to mid-paced with a sense of groove but no real ambition or power. The vocals of Antti are a highlight as he has a great tone and good delivery but it might be held back by standard compositions and slightly dull lyrics. THE ABSENCE rocks along but never takes off. There are a few solo that show some fire but for the most part the alt.-grunge guitar tone and style doesn't deliver the power or energy needed for a good Metal album.

I don't want to sound overly negative for this review. For this style it is a good record but it's not my style. I read a review of this album that said Power Metal purists will detest this and I wouldn't say I 'detest' this album but from the perspective of a 'True Metal' site I'd suggest our readers might not gravitate to this style.

Note: Apologies to the band for the late publication of this review. It was an oversight on the part of myself.
Track Listing

1. Untitled Intro
2. Area
3. The Absence
4. Live With Yourself
5. Characterized
6. Envy
7. Believe
8. Revolver


Antti Jokiranta- Vocals
Ossi Hytonen- Guitar
Juha Jarvela-Bass
Jouni Yli-Rantala - Drums

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