Revolting - In Grisly Rapture

Posted on Monday, July 04, 2011

There is no bigger fan of Roger “Rogga” Johansson than myself, but even I am starting to wonder if the man isn’t spreading himself a little bit too thin. Encyclopaedia Metallum can’t even keep tabs on how many bands “Revolting” Rogga is currently or formerly a part of. It seems like every time you turn around he’s in some new project that, aside from a few slight dissimilarities, sounds exactly like his other bands. Altogether it seems as though he’s putting out a new album every month! It’s for this reason I ponder whether his bread-and-butter bands, Paganizer and the mighty Ribspreader, suffer the consequences of his idea well being run dry. He is somehow still a monster on the mic. Only a select handful of vocalists can lay claim to being more brutal while still retaining some element of intelligibility. For Revolting he also handles six-string duties, and talk about a riff machine. If I had a dollar for every good riff Rogga wrote I wouldn’t need to work (or rob folks). Again, not much stylistic difference from his main bands. Perhaps a wee bit Thrashier than most of his projects, but still pure Old School Swedeath to the core. In Grisly Rapture starts off solid with the powerful one-two punch of “Hell in Dunwich” and “The Plague of Matul.” Unfortunately, things really kind of taper off from there, which brings me back to my operational exhaustion theory. Not much else on the album is all that memorable, save for the dynamic melodic interplay on “(Beyond) The Book of Eibon.” Rogga’s rugged pipes work very well with melancholy (see The 11th Hour). Maybe that’s an avenue he should explore in the future. The man eats, sleeps, shits, and breathes high quality Swedish Death Metal, and that’s why we love him, but everyone is susceptible to burn out. If anyone has earned a vacation…

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