Label: Not On Label - RP05022 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project is near.
Western New York based Revelation Project moves in an unequivocal progressive metal direction on its track and seventy-six minute long independently released self-titled debut. Approaching its art in a very technical and complex manner, Revelation Project possesses a sound certain to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Threshold, Theocracy, Pursuit and a host of others within the same genre. After being put together in the Destination: Insecure - Giants Causeway - Destination: Insecure of by founding members Graeme Swallow and bassist Dave Jonathan, Revelation Project started out as a one-time showcase at the Kingdom Bound festival that same year.
Following its debut performance, however, the band decided to continue on with keyboardist Chelsea Wagner, lead vocalist Tom Bender and drummer Russ Stack joining the ranks over the succeeding three years. While Bender might not have Dont Stop Loving Me - Doc Holliday - Doc Holliday Rides Again. talent to match the likes of Russ Allen Symphony X or Mike Baker Shadow Galleryhe displays good dynamics and range in putting forth a very commendable and emotionally charged vocal performance.
Swallow is a talented musician who contributes a rock solid rhythm guitar sound in addition to best displaying his lead guitar abilities on tracks such as "Children" and "Liars". Wagner proves quite the skillful keyboardist, adding just the Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project amount of texture to the bands sound without coming across overbearing.
Stack and Jonathan comprise a tight sounding rhythm section. Revelation Project showcases one of the finest production jobs this reviewer has heard on an independent release. The rhythm guitar comes across full and heavy, Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project the lead guitar and bass both evenly rise above the instrumentation. Keyboards stand out in a clean and crisp sounding manner. The albums plot, which takes place during the tribulation following the rapture, follows an individual who is eventually betrayed and imprisoned for his beliefs in Christ.
When given the choice to either take the mark of the beast or be executed, he is martyred for his faith and ends up in heaven with other martyrs as described in Revelation Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project The lone exception is "Martyrs" in which the emotional delivery of the narrator puts the song over the top. To get a better idea of how narration is supposed to be done on a concept album then listen to Blind Guardian's wonderful Tolkien-influenced release Nightfall In Middle Earth.
Following a huge resounding explosion, "Revelation" slowly advances in a foreboding manner as Bender Riot Squad - Bad Brains - Live At CBGB 1982 - The Audio Recordings the main character of the storyline after being imprisoned for his beliefs:.
In dark and cold confined I've lost all sense of time And I don't know if I'll ever see the sun again. I fall on bended knees And pray, "God help me please.
I like how the song breaks near its end for several seconds of bluesy lead guitar work underscored by a prominently mixed bass line. The progressive metal of "Children" gives rise to a portentous feel as it moves forward at an upbeat tempo to a crunchy rhythm guitar, the song picking Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project further in pace upon attaining a sweeping chorus highlighted by Benders' emotional vocal delivery. A minute long instrumental passage opens to several seconds of blistering lead guitar that gives way to a tastefully done keyboard solo.
I woke this morning to the screaming sirens sounds A chaos nothing like I've heard before Turned on my radio to get the morning news I sat and listened in a silent horror.
They said millions of people vanished overnight All over the world the same thing's going on Confused and terrified those who remain. The seven minute "Falling" fades in until a quietly played and slowly moving guitar line holds sway over its first and second verse as it details events taking place during the tribulation:. New world leader save us all Chaos turned to marshal law "Peace and safety," the whole world cries.
Abruptly gaining momentum as the rhythm guitar kicks in to reinforce a chorus delivered in an anthem-like manner, "Falling" transitions to instrumental passage featuring a minute and a half of slowly played lead guitar work. The songs message could not be summed up any better than in the final line to its closing verse:. The sound of deafening silence Is the sound of the Heaven above in its calm before the storm of judgment After "Liars" begins to narration from Marka symphonic combination of rhythm guitar and keyboards conveys its first verse at a mid-tempo pace until it takes off to an aggressively delivered riff.
The song stops dead in its tracks for a two minute instrumental passage showcasing several seconds of killer lead guitar work that transitions to a keyboard solo. The seventh kingdom came that day Under Abomination's reign His soul controlled by Dragon's will alone He made false peace with the chosen land He brought the world under his command Through demonic powers not his own. Fatal wound inflicted through his human head Amazed world that saw him rise up from the dead "Who is like the beast?
Once Bender sings acappella, an upbeat mix of rhythm guitar and keyboards bolsters the songs first verse as he describes the mark in question:. Show your right hand or show your forehead And take the mark of unity Prove your undying allegiance to this one-world lie Without this mark you will not buy or sell or trade Receive the mark and you will live free Refuse the mark and you will die.
Can you see the end is near? Don't be fooled by the Dragon's lies The smooth sounding chorus that follows describes the characters plight:.
On the run Where can I go? Will I live to see tomorrow? On the run God's my guiding light And my refuge in this final night. After several seconds of driving rhythm guitar, he is given the opportunity to take the mark.
My arms chained behind my back They march me through the prison Hear the warden say to me, "This last chance you are given If you'll only take the mark I'll spare your life this hour". A final door is open before me See the tower with blade drawn high My coming reward will last forever Father in heaven, open Your arms I'm coming home. To every martyr He gives a white robe, a symbol of His gift of eternal righteousness to us. And with soft words He comforts us He tells us to rest just a little while longer, while the number of us has not yet been fulfilled But surely after this will come judgment The driving riff opening "Judgment" drops from the mix as a piano moves the song forward at the start of its first verse.
Gaining impetus to a crunchy rhythm guitar, a touch of keyboards accentuates the song and takes it to a catchy chorus asking a very relevant question:. When blood rains and Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project fall and mountains crash into the sea When your body's broken will you worship me?
The piano returns as "Judgment" slows prior to attaining an instrumental passage carried by a hard hitting combination of rhythm guitar and keyboards. A piano carries the ballad "Millennium" through its first verse as it details how Satan will be bound for a thousand years:. The winged creature came Flying down to make way for the King In his hand he held A key and mighty chain And wielding great power he locked The Dragon far away.
Subsequent to gaining momentum when the rhythm guitar enters the mix for its second verse, the song evenly progresses to a chorus with a worshipful feel:. Millennium The King has come to give reward to those He calls His own. So one final time the Dragon was set free to steal the souls of those he could Finally, the fallen cast into the lake of fire We who were the tried and true we entered into life anew and Glory.
An acoustic guitar underscores the extent of the albums second Judgement - Revelation Project - Revelation Project "Eternity", a song showcasing a very fine melody line as it discusses God's eternal Kingdom:. Where the light of the sun will never shine 'Cause the King and His Glory shine brighter It's where the music will never end And forever we'll dance with joy In Eternity.
This final age will never end We'll live forever in Glory. On more than one occasion the song transitions to a tastefully done keyboard solo allowing Wagner to display her abilities. The acoustic guitar continues to carry the song through its first verse until it picks up in pace in a powerful manner as the rhythm guitar kicks in to drive the second and third. Through faith I'm saved by grace No judgment shall I face I'm delivered and I will live forever more.
The album ends to the traditional church hymn "Doxology". What else can you say except that Revelation Project is a terrific work of art allowing the band of the same name to display its creative songwriting skills, top notch musicianship and well thought out lyrics within the context of a concept with a powerful message.
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