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REVEL 9

Long Beach, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Long Beach, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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Feb
20
REVEL 9 @ Millennium Music Conference and Showcase

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, United States

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, United States

Jan
13
REVEL 9 @ KJ Farrells

Bellmore, New York, United States

Bellmore, New York, United States

Nov
30
REVEL 9 @ V Spot

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

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Press


"REVEL 9 "The Good Fight""

“Revel 9 is one of those artists that seem to get better as the years go by. Here they are with a moving single that fits more into a mainstream picture. The song has nods to 90’s Alternative music and stays fresh as well. With great vocals, deep punching music and even a sweet guitar solo I am sold! If this is any indication of what we’re in store for when a new album or EP comes along, these hard rockers will definitely impress old and new fans alike!” - Hip Rock Magazine


""The Good Fight" Song of the Month"

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Anyway, it's time to bring you your song of the month and this month it comes from the second band to hit the coveted SOTM spot for a second time. Revel 9 (whose song "All I've become" was SOTM back in May) have hit it again with their tribute to the troops "The Good Fight" A rocking, soon to be classic song that gives thanks and praise to those who've fought and fell in wars around the world.

It seems poingant and appropriate that this was the month to do it for this song as right now it's the centenery year of the outbreak of World War 1.

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...for the complete spotlight click here: http://www.siradio.fm/news/Revel_9_The_Good_Fight_Song_of_the_Month_for_August - Split Infinity Radio


"The Return of REVEL 9"

Please see cover story, starting on page 5. - Neue Regel Radio Total Order Magazine


""All I've Become" Song of the Month"

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Their song, All I've Become a veritible tour-de-force of solid rock, top notch melodies and so much more, and is the real stand out track from their debut album, The Razorblade Diaries.

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...for the complete spotlight click here: http://www.siradio.fm/news/Revel_9_All_Ive_Become_Song_of_the_Month_for_May - Split Infinity Radio


"REVEL 9 By Scotty-D"

“Superb modern rock band with great lyrics and great music reminds us of Seether, 3 Doors Down, Hurt etc. Lyrically and vocally second to none and a real pleasure to listen to we are loving these guys a lot.” - Rock Bandom Radio


"Revel 9 The Razorblade Diaries EP (self-released)"

“There's fine riffage and a really kicky rhythm section. Just a hint of that post-grunge crunchiness, too. Haven't heard anything like this in a while, which reminds me that I should.” - Aiding & Abetting


"REVEL 9 The Razorblade Diaries"

“6 songs fill up this EP and although the first 2 are subtle jabs the rest are straight hooks to the jaw and kicks to the groin. I love the intensity and it helps that they are humble people. Even if they weren’t the delivery on “The Razorblade Diaries” is amazing. I turn the volume up to a 9 on this stellar offering by Revel 9.” - Hip Rock Magazine


"Review: Revel 9 “The Razorblade Diaries” [EP]"

The intensity of opener “San Jose” is palpable and Pearlman impresses with his perfect rock vocal tone and blistering guitar licks. If anyone can bring back the guitar solo, it could be DJ Pearlman. - Now This ROCKS!


"REVEL 9 The Razorblade Diaries"

“This is the breakthrough, the smash through, the kick against the barriers, the kick against the past. This is the new now, the future, the way the music will be.” - NBTMusic


"Razorblade Diaries CD Revel 9"

"At first listen to "San Jose" (track one on The Razorblade Diaries) the introduction and arrangement is quite typical of the modern alternative rock sound. The song has a solid chorus and pounding arrangement. It sounds a bit like a Hole song, minus the whining. But something happens at the bridge of this song - the guitar work kills it. The guitar moves into this melodic, numbing spray. This writer really fell for this song after that bridge!"
"Overall, this EP gets a solid A. Die-hard fans of Van Halen (David Lee Roth version; specifically those that like the song "I'll Wait" will really like "Lay My Head."), Tonic, Hole, Collective Soul, Hinder, A Perfect Circle and that crunchy alternative rock sound will enjoy Revel 9 and their EP The Razorblade Diaries."
"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. "
"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!"
"The song as statement of intent, that its been worth the wait, that this is the breakthrough, the smash through, the kick against the barriers, the kick against the past. This is the new now, the future, the way the music will be. Listen, get taken up in its controlled frenzy." - CD Universe


"XXQs: Revel 9"

From the Long Island area? Then you’d remember our latest PEV feature as Gee Davey, a musical staple that brought you some amazing indie rock – just check out the record “She Sells Smiles”. But one year ago… the band re-launched and remerged stronger than ever as the new 4-piece act, Revel 9. Lead vocalist DJ Pearlman, Mike Bontempi, Ray Kuhner, Matt Dower have come together to bring to you their latest release, “The Razorblade Diaries”.

DJ says “This record is definitely our “defining” record. We had laid out the whole concept for the record, and had done all the pre-production on the songs almost 18 months ago. It took our producer to make us take a good hard look at what we had, and where we wanted to go with it, and more importantly, it took our willingness to see what he was saying and do the work that needed to be done. I’ve never worked a record like this before.”

Revel 9 doesn’t take your average approach to crafting a tune – they take it to a whole new level: “We spend so much time writing, playing, changing, correcting, fixing and adjusting every single song we do until it’s as perfect as it is going to get. By the time we’re done with it, there’s not a single part of any R9 song that’s bland or weak or boring or wrong… at least not to us.” The band will be pushing hard to promote “The Razorblade Diaries” on this side of the country, so check their schedule. There’s a whole lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

Print Interview - PensEyeView


"ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES: THE EDGY ROCK SOUND OF REVEL 9 AND THEiR LATEST RELEASE 'THE RAZORBLADE DiARiES'"

JUNE 20, 2011 - What the hell's in a name? Everything, if you ask DJ PEARLMAN of the band REVEL (. A few years back, DJ and the rest of the band boasted a hard edged pop rock sound as the band GEE DAVEY. With the band's embrace of heaviers riffs (both percussive and guitar driven) and melancholic melodies, the name GEE DAVEY no longer seemed to fit the bill. The newly christened REVEL 9 have smashed the champagne bottle on the starboard bow with the release of their (might as well be) debut release THE RAZORBLADE DIARIES featuring the the stunning tracks SAN JOSE, ALL I'VE BECOME and LAY MY HEAD.

Phone Interview - Rockwired


"Revel 9 – The Razorblade Diaries (CD)"

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
- Neufutur Magazine


"Revel 9, The Razorblade Diaries"

Revel 9, The Razorblade Diaries

June 14, 2011 | by Skope

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!

By Jimmy Rae - Skope


"Revel 9 EP 'The Razorblade Diaries': Numbing"

Jun 12, 2011 Melissa Kucirek
Long Island, New York four-piece rock outfit Gee Davey gained a member, changed its band name and
releasing a stunning start to its next chapter.
In their debut release, Revel 9 delivers a dynamic package in The Razorblade Diaries. Lead singer, guitarist,
lyricist and founding member DJ Pearlman re-formed the group, Gee Davey, added a guitarist and created Revel
9. Comprised of Pearlman, Matthew Dower (rhythm guitar), Michael Bontempi (drums) and bassist Ray Kuhner.
At first listen to "San Jose" (track one) the introduction and arrangement is quite typical of the modern
alternative rock sound. The song has a solid chorus and pounding arrangement. It sounds a bit like a Hole song,
but minus the whining. But, something happens at the bridge of this song - the guitar work kills it. The guitar
moves into this melodic, numbing spray. This writer really fell for this song after that bridge! It is apparent the
added guitarist adds such a dynamic to these songs.
Warped Sound
Track two "Another Mistake" has quick start, the crunching guitar and malicious percussion. They lyrics are not
bad - they tell a story and really grab the listener. Once again the bridge elevates this track into a different
stratosphere. This writer preferred the guitar solo work in "San Jose" but the warped sound in "Another
Mistake" is still killer.
"All I've Become" (track three) almost sounds a bit Nine Inch Nails at first; the guitars have some sort of fista
cuffs action going on. Pearlman's voice is the star on this song - it sounds more confident and clear on this track.
He's a bit Emerson Hart (of Tonic fame) meets J.R. Richards (lead singer for Dishwalla) meets Brian Vander Ark
(of the Verve Pipe). This songs is radio ready - the growl in his voice leaves the speakers pulsating with sweat.
Stunning Guitar Bridge
Add track five to the EP's standout tracks. Sounding a bit like The Cult and Echo & The Bunnyman, "Lay My
Head" is way more harsh and amplified. Track six, "Without" again takes it to the next level. Each track on this
EP progresses and adds to a fuller sound. This song does not disappoint. Rock fans will saver this one. The
guitar bridge is stunning. It is as if it has enveloped Slash, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Neil Zaza and
slapped it over the head with some Rob Zombie.
Overall, this EP gets a solid A. Die-hard fans of Van Halen (David Lee Roth version; specifically those that like
the song "I'll Wait" will really like "Lay My Head."), Tonic, Hole, Collective Soul, Hinder, A Perfect Circle and
that crunchy alternative rock sound will enjoy Revel 9 and their EP The Razorblade Diaries. - Suite 101


"Sharp as a Razorblade pt2"

"REVEL 9 spent the last couple of months of 2009 sequestered away in local recording studios working on their first full-length record in 4 years. The highly anticipated record from the hard rock trio, tentatively called “The Razorblade Diaries” – the chronicles of a modern day twenty-something and his descent into madness following the loss of the girl he loves, had been expected to be released at the end of February, and plans were already in the works for an all-out, Hollywood-style album release party in March. However, as is oft to happen in this business, things have not gone quite as planned, but this time it looks like it’s for the better. " - Good Times Magazine (Apr 09, 2010)


"Great Music..."

Great Music, Great Guys, Great Vibe, not afraid to take their original music to the edge, my kinda band. - Karl BigDaddy Reamer, Act1Entertainment.Net (May 17, 2011)


"Sharp as a Razorblade"

"The advance promotion of the record done by the band, in their highly visible performances across the northeast, and the remarkable amount of support from area radio stations (triple-A, college and internet radio giants like M3 and Head Case) afforded the band a unique amount of exposure and buzz for a product that hadn’t even been started yet. And it was just that sort of exposure that caught the attention of the bands new producer. It was an in-studio performance at a regional radio station of the band’s usual opener, and expected single, “San Jose” that sealed the deal. According to the band, “We had just finished tracking the entire record when we sat down with our producer and he told us that there was no way that this song shouldn’t be a hit –that this could actually break us. And that wasn’t something we were about to walk away from.” - Good Times Magazine (Apr 09, 2010)


Discography

The Reality Crush (2014)

The Razorblade Diaries (2011)

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Bio

Somewhere between the catchy melodies of pop and the aggression of metal can be found the realm of today’s hard rock. REVEL 9 takes great care to blend the best from those two fan-heavy genres, and with that care, the band continues to deliver the hard-hitting, insightful and intense music that has solidified them as a staple in the Northeastern Hard Rock scene.  Fans of bands like Chevelle, Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Three Days Grace really have a lot to find in REVEL 9.


“The delivery on ‘The Razorblade Diaries’ is amazing. - Hip Rock Magazine
“The intensity of opener ‘San Jose’ is palpable and Pearlman impresses with his perfect rock vocal tone and blistering guitar licks.” - Now This ROCKS!
“They offer up a sound that is bound to catch on like crazy! - Neufutur Magazine
“This is the new now, the future, the way the music will be.” - NBTMusic
“Haven't heard anything like this in a while, which reminds me that I should.” – Aiding & Abetting

 

The band consists of local scene personality DJ Pearlman (Gee Davey, Narcotic Gypsy, Raiana Paige) on vocals and guitar, award-winning guitarist George Kazamias (Imperious Rex, Music Magazine’s “Best New Talent”), drummer Nidal Mahmoud (Imperious Rex, Eternity Burning) and bassist Tony DiPaola.  The updated lineup brings an energy to the project, both on and off stage that has really surged the band onward and upward in the run up to their upcoming release, The Reality Crush.  The band is currently endorsed by: D'Addario Strings, Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks, Planet Waves, First Act and Imperial Cymbals.

Launching an immediate assault on the area scene, REVEL 9 has quickly become a band to watch. Rocking hard before audiences of hundreds and even thousands since their debut release of The Razorblade Diaries in July 2011, the band became a favorite among area clubs, promoters and fans who can’t resist being part of the dynamic journey. They’ve blown fans away across the region, from sold-out home shows on Long Island, to performances at major area venues like Mercury Lounge in NYC to The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia, to a record-setting attendance show at Six Flags Great Adventure during its famed “Fright Fest” concert series. The band can also be found at most of the area music conferences and festivals including the Liberty, Jersey Shore and Long Island Music Festivals as well as CMJ, Millennium Music Conference, MEANYFest and more.

Playing a huge role in the sonic evolution of REVEL 9 is remixer/producer “Pull", who has worked on records by everyone from Rob Thomas and Mick Jagger to Skillet and Shinedown. A longtime friend, Pull liked some of Pearlman’s earlier material but always pushed the singer to dig deeper. Pearlman played some of the songs he had been working on that would eventually become the …Diaries, and through his guidance, helped fashion the sound of REVEL 9. The two hooked up again to craft what will be The Reality Crush (expected in 2014).  “Pull and I needed to develop the songwriting beyond that of the …Diaries;” says Pearlman, “there’s just no point in doing that record again.  We pushed the songs on this new record as far as they could go, and it’s definitely what we needed it to be.  There has been a lot of anticipation for this record, and it will not disappoint.”

That confidence is not without merit, as breakout songs like “All I’ve Become”, “Lay My Head” and “San Jose” have not only earned them much in downloads and royalties, but also some significant industry recognition in print and online spotlights and 3 placements on the Official Ballot for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in the following categories: Best Rock Performance: REVEL 9 - All I’ve Become, Best Rock Performance: REVEL 9 - Lay My Head and Best Rock Song: REVEL 9 - All I’ve Become.

About the upcoming release and the future of REVEL 9 Pearlman says “We are going for something very specific. We need to capture the intensity of the hard rock bands that we love, but still be able to get the songs across to the listener, and we’ve done that. The material is good, there is no denying that at this point. Now it’s only a matter of whether people like it or not, and we’re OK with that.” Adding, “It’s the most powerful and fulfilling album we could make and we know it. Soon everyone else will know it too.”

- See more at: http://revel9.com/bio#sthash.wufypY9u.dpuf

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