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A Review of the Album Revolutionary Cells by Dutch Thrash Metal Band Distillator

Updated on March 20, 2021
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


Revolutionary Cells Is a Very Creative Album

Distillator is a band that I got into in 2019 and I really enjoyed their second studio album Summoning the Malicious. Their debut album Revolutionary Cells released in 2015 is pretty much along the same lines in terms of its style which is fast thrash metal which is melodic and creative. The music on here is so creative that it beats Hexen and rivals that of the band Kreator!

Distillator Is a Band That Helps Make the Netherlands More Musically Diverse

The Netherlands isn't just a country for Gothic Metal anymore. It has expanded its creative juices to include thrash metal that is modern, skilled, creative, and entertaining. Distillator does not use lyrics about beer and partying like Tankard does.

What Are the Lyrical Themes of the Band Distillator?

Their lyrics deal with political and revolutionary themes, two things that occur all too often as countries get stronger, weaker, and fall or some of them stay strong and thrive.

Revolutionary Cells Album Review & Analysis As of 2 Full Listens

The first song called "Guerrilla Insurgency" is a fast song about well, you know what? The traditional lyrics that describe what happens when the population of a country rises up and rebels against fascism. I know that lyrics like this have been written so many times but this is what thrash metal bands do often times. And then, like a ton of bricks hitting us in the face from nowhere comes the fast yet unexpected melodic thrasher song called "Saturation Bombing." There are few thrash metal bands that I have heard that can surprise a listener like this. Like was mentioned earlier, Holland (another name of the Netherlands) has become more than just a nation of Gothic metal. “Distinct or Extinct” has this sort of Slayer influenced feel to it as the song describes a situation where it is against Christian teachings. However, do not make the mistake of assuming that the lyrics focus on Satanism because they do not. The album pretty much continues unabated with its lyrical themes of warfare such as songs like "Bloody Assault" and the other political themes such as national turmoil, regime change, and wide-scale changes associated with nations around the world.

Following 2 full listens through the album Revolutionary Cells, it gets at least 82 out of 100 points.

Distillator's Biggest Con As a Band

If there is one thing that Distillator could and should do to make themselves better and stand out is to vary their lyrical themes a bit to include other subjects. If they did just that one thing, they could keep the attention of music fans longer because then fans of the genre would have something else to look forward to rather than just hearing lyrics about how the world is about to end and the usual politically themed lyrics.

Revolutionary Cells Is Still High Quality Thrash Metal

All right, from this point forward let's focus on the positive qualities of this debut from these Dutch guys. Lyrics aside, the music of what is featured on here begins with a sort of sound that can really hurt your eardrums and I even hear the influence of “The Haunted” to begin this album but the vocals are not as aggressive as Peter Dolving though.

"Revolutionary Cells" Song Only

Distillator Represents An Example of How Thrash Metal Has Evolved

Thrash metal has really evolved from being a raw, fast style in 1983 to something more modern and creative in the 2010's. We are in 2021 and the future for thrash metal looks brightest in Europe because European thrash metal band always know how to reinvent themselves. We've got a country like Greece that is building a foundation for thrash metal and then we have the Netherlands growing as well in the genre so now we have the following countries that have established themselves in terms of thrash metal:

  1. Germany

  2. Sweden

  3. United Kingdom

  4. The Netherlands

  5. Canada

  6. Japan

  7. Denmark

  8. Greece - getting there slowly but surely

"Guerrilla Insurgency"

How Good Is the Album Revolutionary Cells?

"Shiver in Fear" is a very fast song that lyrically tells us to be careful of what is coming for us. The bass line is heard rather easily and it is good! After going through this album the 3rd time through does it get higher than the score given to it initially? It is a tough call as no song on this album is as good as the one called Blinded by Chauvinism on the album that would follow this one. However, the creative melody even still continues in this title track.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian


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