The type of rock that Revel 9 immediately hit their listeners with has the immediate catchiness to be present on rock radio, while the overall sound of Revel 9 touches upon a number of different rock styles. Particularly noticeable during “San Jose” has to be the guitar work, which lifts the track to an entirely new plateau. The band marries together a much grittier feel with a punk style that will have listeners singing along after only a few listens. The band wears their emotions on their sleeve, and dictates how each of the tracks on “The Razorblade Diaries” goes through guitar riffs and drum lines. “All I’ve Become” represents a hit for Revel 9, as the track possesses a much more dark and brooding feel than had previously been present on the album. During this track, Revel 9 builds off the work of acts like Papa Roach and Three Days Grace, even as the intense drum work represents an entirely new beast than either of those acts. “Lay My Head” has a more dust-swept feel to it that showcases that Revel 9 can still throw their listeners a curveball even at the last bits and pieces of the EP. It is hard for a band to showcase their ability over the course of an EP, but Revel 9 is able to pinpoint their sound and have listeners hungering for more all over the course of six tracks. The disc may end with “Without”, but I believe that the disc will keep its place through a number of replays. “Without” is the perfect end to the album, as it begins with the act showing the instrumental side of things. After further showing their versatility through this opening, Revel 9 create harmonies in this track that will bounce around listener’s heads long after the album closes up. Revel 9 do a tremendous job in closing their unique skill with this EP, and I have no doubt in my mind that the act would even shine better in a live format. So, pick up a copy of “The Razorblade Diaries” and check to see whenever the band may be coming to your neck of the woods. Top Tracks: San Jose, All I’ve Become” - James McQuiston


Formerly known as Gee Davey, Revel 9 is locked, loaded and ready to give you ‘The Razorblade Diaries’.  This is the band’s debut EP under the name Revel 9 and they are excited to get these songs out to the masses.  The group hails from Long Island, NY and is made up of: founder, guitarist & lead singer/songwriter DJ Pearlman, Michael Bontempi on drums, Ray Kuhner on bass and their newest member Matthew Dower on rhythm guitar.  Revel 9 is ready to make some serious noise!I couldn’t help but think of Bush’s ‘Razorblade Suitcase’ album when I saw the EP title.  I own this record and highly enjoy it, so if Pearlman & company could live up to the quality of ‘Razorblade Suitcase’ I would be very satisfied.  ‘The Razorblade Diaries’ nothing like Bush and their 1996 release but Revel 9 rocks out respectfully in its own right with six well-recorded tracks.  The professional touch was there and the substance was evident so let’s go!The gist of this recording revolves around the concept of boy meets girl, boy loses girl and boy does anything to win the girl back.  This whole story & creative process was portrayed extremely well by the Revel 9 boys.  As soon as you hit Play you bear witness to quick ‘n’ punchy rock on “San Jose”.  This hard-nosed rock sensation carries on throughout the entire 6-song set.  On the track “Another Mistake”, I’m hearing an edgy & raw sound complete with a kick-ass garage band effect.  These guys are just jammin’ away and havin’ a good time so let’s join the Revel 9 party!  The hard rock influence is heard loud & clear on this disc with guitar riffs that rock your world!  The vocals are catchy and fit in perfectly with the band’s whole approach. Overall, I am very impressed with how each member made it all work as Revel 9 is in the building!  They offer up an appealing sound that is bound to catch on like crazy!  You owe it to yourself to check out Long Island’s own Revel 9 and their debut release ‘The Razorblade Diaries’.  The diary has just begun and so I can’t wait to see what they add to it next!” - Jimmy Rae