Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
Never try to stop a juggernaut, it won’t thank you and might not even care, yet for all the mechanics and weight behind it, it still has a human heart that is in control of it all, that makes sure the behemoth is doing all it can to deliver the message or the goods on board; it is the human factor that makes these ships of the roads such a sight to behold when they are in full flight.
It is in the full flight nature that The Revellers come from out of the North Sea waters and come armed with passionate songs, scintillating music and the full expanse of their obvious musical talent to add something extra to the proceedings of 2016, that they add skin and muscle to the Skeletons that stand before them ready to attack, that the pulled back teeth are shining like pearls of wisdom and the skulls of their enemies are used as to carry the wealth of music onwards.
Skeletons is a piece of music that really catches the ears off guard, it is such a pointed moment when an album does that that the fires of imagination are well and truly stoked, that they rampage eagerly asking for more; it is something that The Revellers have truly mastered as the energy that flows is that of majesty and detonation of the finest T.N.T.
From out of the Shetlands they may come but for all the water that may separate the islands from the mainland, there is no other course of action but to sit in the glory of the bridges they have built along the way; this is not just another sentimental journey across tide and time, this is forthright destruction and it is one fuelled by combustible sources and the angst of the angry. In a similar vein to that of The Levellers, the truth of their words is to be admired, taken to heart and those same Skeletons that are designed to catch the unwary out, act as solace to those who know the final fate of all.
In tracks such as Kamikaze, Refugee Nobleman, 13 Years, Lower In The Rope and Paradise Lost, the discharge, the smell of cordite and the feeling of anger in the gut are to explored and celebrated; to be caught in the shadow of the inferno.
A marvellous album, one of impressive heights, Skeletons is a rattling good time.
Ian D. Hall