20 Best Metal Albums of 2015

Nineties legends and future-minded grinders: The year in heavy

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Revenge, 'Behold. Total. Rejection.'

13. Revenge, 'Behold. Total. Rejection.'

James "J." Read, drum tornado and vocalist of Edmonton, Alberta's Revenge, is one of the metal underground's most chaotic and pulverizing bashers. But he's also an auteur who wields filthy textures and brutish riffs as skillfully as Max Martin employs pristine sheen and unshakable hooks. In the macro sense, every Revenge album since their 2003 debut sounds exactly the same: Read's percussive shitstorm, guitar used as a siren-like noisemaker, shuddering blasts of distortion (the Revenge equivalent of a dubstep drop) and effects-heavy vocals that can suggest field recordings from a pigpen at feeding time. Behold.Total.Rejection, the band's fifth full-length and first for Season of Mist, follows suit but achieves an exemplary balance of harshness and coherence. H.S.

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