The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world









Most I guess know Floor Jansen from either her previous band AFTER FOREVER or her current touring slot with NIGHTWISH but when AFTER FOREVER disbanded it was to REVAMP that Floor directed her energies resulting in a great 2010 debut. REVAMP are an interesting band in that they have a grounding in traditional Metal and employ various elements of what today we’d consider ‘Symphonic’ but they also do pretty good straight Hard Rock. It’s when they combine the lot in one song though that it gets interesting.



Take the title track for example which follows the storm of the opening salvo of the first two elements of the ‘Anatomy trilogy’ (We’ll get to that later). ‘Revamp’ the track is in many ways a traditional rock song but it is at times almost led astray by Floor’s voice which at times pulls the music into a Symphonic flourish or two. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of styles that at first listen I found a little jarring but after repeated listens I actually find it really refreshing and very different.



Conversely ‘Precibus’ starts with a stab of Metal with a wild almost circus-like keyboard intro that falls into an high opera of lush strings before the guitar cuts through the pastoral scene and a mildly Symphonic passage strikes. It’s disconcerting and when the Metal and choral voices flash in it sounds like a different song entirely. This is far more Progressively constructed than you might imagine and if you don’t lean that way it might be hard to approach.



The third card in the deck is ‘Nothing’ which starts like a hard rock ballad and ups the pace to a Metal canter before easing back to hard rock it’s one of the most traditionally structured tracks here.
There’s little to fear if you get this far but you won’t feel comfortable and that is a large part of the joy on an album that manages to take what has become a rather formulaic genre and change it up a bit. One of the most interesting aspects of the album are the three songs that form ‘Anatomy of a Nervous Breakdown’ which lyrically seem so personal they add weight to an already intriguing cooking pot.


As album titles go ‘Wild Card’ seems fitting for a band that don’t seem afraid at all to experiment.




Mark Diggins