Daily Album Premiere Monday: REVERENCE – Vengeance Is…Live

by Zac Halter

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REVERENCE

Vengeance Is…Live

ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records

07 December 2018

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The seasoned members of Reverence describe their sound as “…a sonic cocktail of classic era Savatage, Queensryche and Judas Priest…” with soaring vocals, brutal guitar riffs, intense solos and thunderous drumming. Their latest release is meant “…to showcase their incredible electric live performances” and be “…a true testament to the bands high energy stage show and stellar musicianship.”

While they are Traditional Heavy Metal, their attempt at being a ‘can’t miss’ live act is a dismal failure.  Lead track “When Darkness Calls” encapsulates the rest. The musicians are accurate but uninspired and the vocalist repeatedly forces his range.  The result is a listless rendering of songs which fails to generate excitement or showcase anything new. The vocalist sounds like a tired version of Bruce Dickinson mixed with Geoff Tate nursing a head cold.  There are cringeworthy flat notes, pitch issues and an overall delivery malaise. The vocals on “Firelord” are so cringeworthy they generate sympathy rather than excitement. Even the crowd reaction captured on the recordings seems disingenuous.  The mix is so clumsy it sounds as if the band is playing in front of 40 people who’ve never been to Metal show.

Reverence has good material to showcase such as “Race To Obscene” and “Too Late”. Their performance here lacks intensity and depth, and dooms even their strongest material.  Vengeance Is…Live is likely to disappoint current fans and unlikely to make new ones.  Pass on this one. Your time is too valuable.

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TRACKLIST (Highlights: )

1. When Darkness Calls

2. Until My Dying Breath

3. FireLord

4. Angel In Black

5. Too Late

6. Bleed For Me

7. New Order

8. Gods Of War

9. Power Of The Night (Savatage)

10. The Price You Pay

11. Race To Obscene

12. Phoenix Rising

13. Vengeance Is Mine

14. Wasted Years (Iron Maiden)

15. Revolution Rising

LINEUP

Scott Oliva (ex-Wind Wraith, Innerstrength) – Vocals

Bryan Holland (ex-Tokyo Blade) – Lead/Rhythm Guitars

Steve ‘Doc Killdrums’ Wacholz (ex-Savatage, Crimson Glory) – Drums

Paul Kleff (ex-Metal Church live, FireWolfe) – Guitars

Russ Pzutto (Twisted Sister live, Dee Snider) – Bass

Guest appearance by Tony Rossi – drums

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