Reverted are a four piece and were formed in Camden, London in 2010 and 'Sputter The Worms' is their debut album. I found two definitions for the word 'Sputter' (which I love) and either could apply to this band. 1 – “Make a series of soft explosive or spitting sounds”; 2 – “Deposit (Metal) on a surface by using fast ions to eject particles of it from a target”. They definitely make a series of explosive sounds and deposit metal on the target audience! Reverted sound like the bastard sons of Rage Against The Machine, Monster Magnet and Pantera, laced with some traditional UK metal riffing and, on a couple of occasions, a heavy version of Primus, and 'Sputter The Worms’ impresses. It's difficult to pin them down exactly but they are another UK band that certainly don't sound like they come from these isles.
Up front vocalist Tony Vega sounds like a slightly more refined Phil Anselmo and the opening title track gives you an all round idea of what he and the rest of the band are about. Guitarist Daniel Ruiz relies on providing groove laden, chugging riffs but it's bassist Luis L Valle and drummer Ozzy Preciado that provide the real listening on 'Sputter The Worms'. With only one guitar the bass has to stand out and, together with the drums, these two generate some very interesting playing and togetherness.
This is an album that doesn't hit home on the first listen, you have to give it a few spins, but it gradually begins to show itself and the subtle hooks start to drag you in and take hold. You could arguably say that Reverted almost have a progressive grunge slant to their music, such is the diversity of the rhythm section. These aren't songs written around a standard 4/4 timing with huge catchy choruses, but give it some time and tracks such as 'Dispose Of Heartaches' or the awesome but slightly odd 'Die My Saint' (this is where the Primus influence hits) should have you tapping your feet nicely.
A couple of songs do feel slightly too long and I personally don't think Reverted work quite as well as a band when they quieten things down but, on the whole, this album rocks and it was a pleasant surprise for me, especially on the fourth and fifth listens when it all started to click. They aren't the finished article yet but Reverted have produced a very good debut and I suspect we'll be hearing a lot more them over the next two to three years as they become better known.
SPUTTER THE WORMS
Review by Rick Tilley
1) Sputter the Worms
2) Magledonia (Harvester of Sin)
3) Don't Try to Steal Me from the Inside
4) Dispose of Heartaches
5) Die My Saint; 6) Pulse
8) Stained Soul
11) Stairs of Guilt
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"Reverted sound like the bastard sons of Rage Against The Machine, Monster Magnet and Pantera, laced with some traditional UK metal riffing and, on a couple of occasions, a heavy version of Primus..."