Rev Theory â€“ Light It Up / 2008 Interscope / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/revtheory /
Rev Theory has been around since 1997, and their rise to the top has been absolutely stratospheric in the last year or so. This is largely due the bandâ€™s break out single, â€œHell Yeahâ€, which was featured as Wrestlemania 24â€™s theme song. â€œFavorite Diseaseâ€ has the unenviable position of being stuck between the two singles on the album â€“ â€œHell Yeahâ€ which started off the album, and â€œLight It Upâ€, which was the first song released as a single. The track showcases Rev Theoryâ€™s style of rock, which blends together Buckcherry with Godsmack and Papa Roach. â€œLight It Upâ€ keeps things going with grit, chugging along while the act adds a little bit of Jonathan Davis to the vocals while keeping up appearances with all of the nu rock that is present on the modern rock charts.
The act links together this other acts, adding a little bit of Slipknot at points, and delving into Disturbed territory at others. â€œBroken Bonesâ€ is the bandâ€™s first slower track on the album, and the emotive style of the track touches on Crossfade and Finger Eleven, while the track itself is destined to be the bandâ€™s next big hit, despite the slower momentum. â€œKill the Headlightsâ€ shows that Rev Theory may yet run into a rut, especially when one discusses the vocals that are present during â€œLight It Upâ€. This is due to the fact that the band puts forth vocals that are very similar through each of the albumâ€™s ten tracks. It is one thing to have a certain amount of cohesion through an album, but there is little variation in the vocal delivery that is present on â€œLight It Upâ€.
Rev Theory do provide some solid tracks on â€œLight It Upâ€, but there still seems to be a little bit of a problem with the band crafting their own unique sonnd during the album. I know that the band has been around for over a decade, but an individual can listen to a track like â€œHell Yeahâ€ and be unsure exactly what band in the modern rock scene has came out with the track. The band definitely has the level of talent that they need to succeed, but they desperately need to put their own uniqueness forward. If they do that, I have no doubt that they will have the staying power of acts like the aforementioned Disturbed or Godsmack. Give it a listen.
Top Tracks: Wanted Man, Light It Up