Danny Bryant – Revelation album review

The best album of his career?

Danny Bryant – Revelation

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Danny Bryant – Revelation (Jazzhaus)

1 Revelation

2 Isolate 

3 Liars Testament 

4 Someday the Rains Will Fall

5 Truth or Dare 

6 Shouting at the Moon

7 Sister Decline 

8 May I Have a Talk with You 

9 Yours for a Song 

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With Revelation, Danny Bryant is plainly writing not because the album/tour cycle demands it, but because his sanity depends on it, following a brutal six-month period in which he lost his best friend and his beloved father, then fell into depression. 

The title track suggests the bandleader has been to black places indeed, its desolate piano, funeral-march horns and lyrical imagery of burning bodies and scythes setting up a primal-scream guitar solo and a devastating kiss-off: ‘Called out to my father, swear I heard him cry/Remember him so clearly, the day we said goodbye’. 

Likewise Shouting At The Moon, a valedictory power ballad chronicling their last night together, is so candid that listening to it feels like snooping. And when Yours For A Song’s outro suddenly steps up the tempo, there’s a sense of Bryant being dragged along by a higher force. 

When the emotional dust settles, you’d have to call it the best album of his career.

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Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.