Revolted Masses – Age Of Descent

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Last Updated on 05:54 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Death / Thrash
Company: Inverse Records
Country: Greece
Year: 2015

Revolted Masses are back this year with their second album “Age of Descent”. For those who are not familiar with them they are a very interesting death/thrash band from Athens with some really interesting oriental elements in their sound.

They return with a new singer, George Stefanis and a surprising collaboration in the last album track with FotisBenardo (ex-Septic Flesh). They work with some other musicians too in this release, namely George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Raven Lord), George Papadopoulos and Aggeliki Zorba.

The tracks are pretty good with lots of violence in their music and enough brutality in their vocals. And while one would expect that their oriental music elements wouldn’t have a “place” in their death/thrash style, the result really vindicates that composing option. Not only those elements don’t water down their sound but they actually elevate the quality “noise” in their tracks. All songs are suitable for merciless headbanging. But the band’s compositions are not characterized by speed only. Guitars are not only fast but also have some peculiar riffs (the oriental elements I mentioned earlier), while their solos are also quite good.

Two songs have something quite different though. The first one is “DiscrimiNation” that features female vocals in the background, adding a melancholy that I did not expect to ever listen in a song from this genre. Second one is a peculiar track called “Severed Aphrodite”, it lasts only for one minute and eleven seconds, it is quite dark, slow and without drums and it is a pleasant break before the band returns to their known fast style with “Matricide”.

Political/social themes are prominent in their lyrics. This isn’t strange, after all several bands in the thrash genre were (and still are) into politics. If the uprising against the current global political scene had a soundtrack, I really think that it would include tracks from this release.

Finally the cover is quite intriguing. It shows something that looks like Kali from the Hindu pantheon, holding in each hand symbols that cause humanity decadence in this age. A swastika, the Star of David, a cross and a banknote, a gun and handcuffs are just some of the symbols that clarify what this album is about.

Overall a pretty good album of this specific style, with interesting experimentations from the band that makes Revolted Masses to stand out and give a new and interesting breath of life in one saturated (relatively speaking) genre.

4.5/6

Angel Spiliopoulos
"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee."
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