I was dreading something like this: I really don't want either of these bands to go home. These are my two personal favorite albums of 2014, and left to purely chaotic impulse, I'd have been tempted to make this match the Final. But Cannibal Corpse has already won a berth in that ultimate contest, so let's see who will go up against them.
Revocation start the contest this evening, and Deathless remains as potent, as listenable, as the first time I heard it. If there are critcisms I could make here, they'd be nitpicks. The back half of the album isn't quite as inspired as the first half. On a few occasions, the band teeter on the brink of pure cheese (which largely works out just fine, but leaves a bit of an aftertaste). Following Deathless with Job For A Cowboy's Sun Eater immediately brings into focus the latter's big weakness: the album starts with the relatively mellow pace of Eating The Visions Of God. But as it seamlessly transitions into Sun Of Nihility, the band's afterburners kick in, and the rest of the album eradicates all memory of its slow start. More crucially, it also eradicates all memory of Revocation.
There's just one more contest left in this year's megatournament. Monday's final: Cannibal Corpse vs Job For A Cowboy!