WL//WH Review: REV REV REV’s latest nebulous ritual in “Kykeon” LP

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The story goes like this, Wikipedia fairly mentions that The Eleusinian Mysteries (Greek: ‘Eλευσίνια Μυστήρια’) were initiations held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis, Attica in ancient Greece. They were the “most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece”. The outline can only be considered as a capsule summary; much of the concrete information about the Eleusinian Mysteries was never written down. Only initiates knew what the kiste, a sacred chest, and the calathus, a lidded basket, contained. This is all true as well as that these few persons who dared to document the feast were all murdered, and also there are data pointing occasional human sacrifice too. Kykeon was an ancient Greek drink of various descriptions widely believed that it is usually referred to as a psychoactive compounded brew, as in the case of the Eleusinian Mysteries. A Kykeon was used at the climax of the Eleusinian Mysteries to break a sacred fast, and it is also mentioned as a favorite drink of the ancient Greek peasants.

Now, ‘Kykeon’ LP is the latest album from the Modena-based, Italian sonic ritualists Rev Rev Rev, released last September via UK indie psych label Fuzz Club Records. The album is a powerful experience and a hazy bliss with noise rock steams as it is all in stunning shoegaze crochet. REV, started their course back in 2013 with their debut S/T album which was well accepted by the cult. Later on, they published the more presuming second effort ‘Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient’ LP in 2016, and 2019 sees in ‘Kykeon’ LP the band’s eclipse in the arcane of the fuzz-rock total. This one is among the most imposing and best-of releases of the year by a band which steadily grows its fame and the record underlining the team’s self-reliance.

It was ‘Clutching The Blade’ which saw the first limelight off the album about 9 months ago, and honestly, I just didn’t presume clearly their forthcoming intentions…the band sounds huge and determined toward the feast!

Last August, they revealed the official video of ‘One Illusion Is Very Much Like Another’, one of the two more sociable tracks in ‘Kykeon, meaning that in here as well as in ‘Egocandy’ the band allows some air to pass-through their wall of sound.

The amazing feast continued in the ‘3 Not 3’ official video last September, and the headway to the mystery is now open to all members of the cult, that cult which always finds great chills and thrills in the shoegaze technique and in the stress of the noise-rock tunnel.

The whole record is an artistic adventure magnificent to the senses like a guilty look from last night’s feast. I do not expect many people to survive ‘Kykeon’ but those who will, shall shout it all loud and proud. The album is all in the likes and fuzzes by names like the good old A Place To Bury Strangers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, absolutely The Telescopes and Ringo Deathstarr along the way. And if you think that ‘Kykeon’ may sound like a bit of a bound album, I tell you to relax on the sofa and dare to explore its mysteries. Each song sounds like an autonomous episode from a feast bizzare and all together they mirror a band which proudly and de facto presents their own sonorous leap ahead. It is murky, ritualistic drone-rock including trance-like drumming, fuzzy reverberated guitars, tons of feedback and abrasive atonal sounds. With Loveless-esque shoegaze sound with Laura Iacuzio’s shadowy, ethereal vocals emerging through all-consuming walls of noise. In 2019, Rev Rev Rev offered probably the most noisy-advanced album of the year which will stay for a really long time in the chats and the year’s praises of the cult. Other songs to focus on? ‘Waiting for Gödel’, ‘Gate Of The Dark Female’, ‘Adrift In The Chaosmos‘, ‘Cyclopes’, and the outstanding bonus track ‘Spots On A Dice‘. There you go, here is ‘Kykeon’ LP!!!

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Written by Loud Cities Mike