October 4, 2001

Test Spins: Reveille

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Out of Harvard, MA come the big, jagged metal riffs of Reveille, a band whose new album Bleed the Sky will satisfy many fans of the rap-metal genre. However, as is usually the case with the Taproots and Powerman 5000s of the world, Reveille will quickly test the patience of anyone looking for musical innovation.

From the outset, repetitive chord progressions and the guttural vocals of lead singer Drew Simollardes dominate a soundscape that has been well-trod by other artists before this. Starting with the opener “Unborn,” Reveille doesn’t dare mess with the predictable formula for metal success: loud + angry = sales. They occasionally latch their instruments onto a juicy melody,