The news of the Smashing Pumpkins reunion (three-quarters of the band's original lineup, that is) inspired us to think about what band we would most like to see reunite. So we posed the question to our fans and followers and asked them to respond on social media using the hashtage #TellRevolver. You came out in droves and with strong opinions. Below, are the ranked results.
White Zombie were a beast to behold throughout the bulk of he Nineties, having evolved from a bunch of NYC art-school kids making noise-rock into a sleazy, tripped-out industrialized groove-metal Frankenstein's monster, part Thrill Kill Kult, part Pantera, helmed by a tattered hillbilly cowboy pirate on vocals and a windmill-headbanging fluorescent-haired rag doll on bass. Rumors of a reunion have swirled around at various points over the years, but sadly for fans hoping to see this Zombie rise from the grave, Rob seems to be content with his solo project and making movies.
We know you may be saying "Sepultura hasn't broken up!" right about now. And while you are technically 100 percent right, let's face the fact that the group's greatest recorded moments were with the Cavalera brothers, up until and including Roots. As such, the return of the classic Sepultura lineup could catapult the band from large-theater headliner to legit small-arena act. Until then, the "War for Territory" — specifically, the collective Sepultura/Cavalera brothers fan base — rages on.
Happy? Without Mudvayne active? Not really. The current sphere of metal fandom is far more liberal than in years past, meaning "nu-metal" is ready for critical re-appraisement. At their peak the band brought legitimate grit to the scene, flexing mathy riffs and polyrhythms that cut through the rap-rock noise of the early 2000s. In a sea of young heavy artists influenced by the band's style, energy and unabashed catchiness, there's no better time for the group to make a return.
We at Revolver hold to the opinion that, without Dimebag Darrell, a "Pantera reunion" is impossible; that said, we can understand why fans would clamor for the surviving three members of the band to come back together and bring its undeniable metal anthems back to life. In the time since the group's slow, unofficial dissolution and then Dime's passing, there have been legions and legions of fans who never got to see these groove-metal gods onstage. So who would play guitar? Zakk Wylde is the obvious choice, but a man named Kerry King might be out of a job pretty soon, too ... Such theorizing is probably moot, however, since the cold war between Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul is downright legendary; a cessation of hostilities would be a feel-good story, but it will likely never come to pass.
We all know how amazing a lyricist and M.C. Zach de la Rocha still is via his appearances with Run the Jewels and beyond, and if there was ever a time to "get the band back together," it's now. Rage Against the Machine, at their core, were a bastion for revolutionary ideas and action — something that is sorely lacking in today's current climate, where you are lambasted for saying anything political whatsoever that doesn't exactly align with someone else's beliefs. And, really, no matter where you fall on the liberal-conservative spectrum, we can all tap into the primal, universal emotion of de la Rocha's vocals and Tom Morello's sweet, furious riffs.