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Just because Tommy Tagtgren produced means jack! - 40%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, July 30th, 2004

Usually, in the metal community, any CD that starts off with a clip from a good horror movie (such as 'Evil Dead') is usually considered an amazing album for some reason. However, with the latest release from death rock (apparently such a style now exists) band "Devil's Whorehouse", entitled Revelation Unorthodox, this has proven to be the exception of this rule.

The album is definately something different. However, it really isn't all that good. The music is good and definately holds that good old rock and thrash and appeal that many a metal head grew up around. However, the album is just not exciting or enthralling at all.

Right from the start, you get a small clip from 'Evil Dead', followed by a song in tribute of it entitled 'Swallow Your Soul'. But the singing on the song alone is lacking until the chorus. It picks up, then drags, picks up, drags, solo, picks up, ends. That is sort of the vein of the entire album as you continue through it.

There aren't that many good songs on this one. 'Deathwish', 'Revelation Unorthodox' and 'Pentagram Murderer' are two of the tracks that stand out, primarily to the fact that they are some of the shortest ones and best suit the style the band is working with. On the others, there are many times where you will either like a certain part, or rather take a screwdriver and gouge out your brain for thinking this release might be good.

However, with a band name like "Devil's Whorehouse", you shouldn't really expect much. The music on the album is kind of stale, pulling off original rock riffs with a real lack of originality when it comes to the solo's and verses and bridges and so on and so forth. And if the music is the best part of the album, what does that say about the rest? Sure 'Swallow Your Soul' is catchy, but that's about it.

The lyrics are somewhat uncreative as well when you read them. A few changed words here and there might have spiced things up a bit for those who pay attention to them, but the real drawback are the vocals through the album. Sometimes, like on 'Pentagram Murderer', they fit perfectly are can create an amazing track that will make you want to create a massive mosh pit in your room. But then, there are some tracks like the overly drawn out 'Funeral Dream' that make you want to take the CD and break it into a million teeny tiny pieces.

With really lacking music and most-of-the-time horrid vocal and lyric construction, the album is best left on the store's shelves then in your thoughts and collection. Keep the money it would cost to buy the album. Sure it was produced excellently by Tommy Tagtgren, but is that really any reason to buy a CD? If it is, then you'll learn the hard way that just because it's produced by one of the best won't make it the best.