Retrieving Honor & Hatred
Very seldom does a band emerge with such emotion, dedication, and hunger to make larger than life sounds. All too often we find ourselves caught up in the whirlpool of sing along choruses and snap your fingers melodies that, in short, impress the money hungry and disappoint the true music lover. Throughout the past years, there have been so few to stand up to this musical 'dumbing down' and aural injustice. Fueled by contempt for the scene and disgust for most of the music generated therein, Revenant emerged in the winter of 2003-2004 from the small Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Az. Their current line up consists of the same four who started the band, a rarity in the Phoenix metal scene or elsewhere for that matter. Brothers Chris (vocals) and DJ (guitars) have been collaborating musically since they could barely even pick up an instrument. Throughout numerous bands and projects, the two finally came together again after a short absence while DJ was recording demos for the band Drastic which included Chris, as well as bass player Alan and drummer David. Upon the separation of Drastic, something far more than any of them could imagine was about to rise from the ashes. Within their first year, Revenant had written enough material to begin recording a full length album and played shows with the likes of Exodus and DRI. Things were looking up for the band. However, being a group more about quality than quantity, they decided to put their first record on the back burner. The lengthy recording process couldn't keep up with Revenant's ever evolving sound. The album remains in limbo due to it being sub-par by the band's standards. Despite this and many other discouraging setbacks, Revenant continued to press on playing more/bigger shows opening for acts such as Sepultura, The Acacia Strain, Goatwhore, as well as good friends As Blood Runs Black and The Final Burden to name a few while writing some of their proudest work to date. Revenant have payed their dues and learned from their mistakes. They continue to be one of Arizona's best kept secrets and remain very DYI in nature. Refusing to fall into the cesspool of cookie-cutter metal bands, in March of 2007 they plan to unleash their debut album 'Retrieving Honor And Hatred' on B.O.A.T.S. (Based On A True Story) Records; a record label created by Chris and DJ. The album's sound can easily be described as a summer in their native Arizona; brutal, angry, and unrelenting. Revenant is not trying to be the best metal band, the heaviest, the most technical, or even the most interesting, mind you. They are simply making music they feel proud of. This is not a way for them to make a living...it's the only way they know how to live.