|Review: Revenge Prevails - Habitats|
Year released: 2020
Review online: April 12, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Sweden's Revenge Prevails had a bit of a rocky start, forming in 2008 and splitting up in 2010 before returning to the spotlight just a year later. They've released a few albums since 2015, with their third full-length, Habitats, being the most recent at the time of writing. The band works in a more melodic strain of Black/Death that has just enough variety to prevent it from being a complete blast fest thanks to some slower, creepier interludes and the occasional use of bassist Isabella Ramare's clean singing. I can't say they're doing anything new, but they are tight and aggressive enough to get past that, with the bestial rasps of guitarist Josef Svensson being a clear highlight of the band. "The Devastation That We Brought" stands out as the strongest display of what the band can do, as it contains everything from Morbid Angel-esque blasting to Opeth-tinged progressions all the way to a whirlwind of Black Metal madness without losing their place, but there aren't really any weak tracks on here. There's nothing here you haven't heard a hundred times before, but Habitats is good enough to remind you why you bothered listening in the first place. I'll be keeping my eye on Revenge Prevails in the future, and after listening to this, you'll be doing the same.
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