Revocation - The impact of a band photo

So I'm checking out Empire of the Obscene, the very awesome debut album by Revocation, from Boston, Massachusetts. The album is a fantastic technical thrashy-deathfest. I go to look up the band on Encyclopaedia Metallum, and the first thing I see is this band picture:


This instantly makes me think that Revocation will be completely awesome. These guys look like they rule and don't take themselves at all seriously.
It got me thinking - so much of metal is wrapped up in image, whether we like it or not. From the long hair to the corpse-paint to the mandatory extremely-serious band photos, the history is well documented. But in the end, how much does a band's image effect our opinion of them?

I should note that Revocation do in fact rule, and have signed to Relapse. Cosmo Lee recently discussed them here.

5 comments:

i can't count the number of albums i've bought totally blind just based off album art (and fortunately i've got a pretty good success rate). that's how my love affair with anodyne started -- being struck by the art on outer dark. and prolly next week i'll post an album i picked up purely because of the font.

Wayne said...

Okay, I guess it's time for me to check these guys out. This is the 3rd or 4th time I've read about them in a week.

Ashley said...

I essentially had the same thought with that photo oddly enough. I remember thinking "I totally know these guys," which makes me appreciate their music (it kicks ass regardless) that much more. It seems more honest.

chris said...

I just got my hands on 'Existence is Futile' and am blown away. You simply cannot describe the awesomeness of this band.

Mark said...

I met these guys when they were small time, playing local shows. Wicked cool guys, and wicked sick metal

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