CD REVIEW Rebellion

Band : Rebellion
Album title : The Best Of Viking History
Label : Massacre Records
Distributor : Suburban
Release Date : 05/10/2012
Release : CD

After completing their trilogy about Viking history, Rebellion must have thought it a good idea to release a compilation, containing tracks from these three albums. The album contains 14 tracks in total. Now there might be people around who like this kind of metal, but alas I’m not part of that group I’m afraid. Though there are songs I don’t find too bad, my overall impression is that it’s a bit too much of the same. I must admit though that these guys are experienced musicians, since founding members Uwe Lulis and Tomi Göttlich formerly played in Grave Digger, and left this band somewhere in 2002, only to release the first Rebellion album in 2003.

69/100

Erik Morren.

Band : Rebellion
Album title : Arminius, Furor Teutonicus
Label : Massacre Records
Distributor : Suburban
Release Date : 26/10/2012
Release : CD

I have to excuse me to all Rebellion fans this time.  When I reviewed their previous album The Best Of Viking History, I said I didn’t really like this band that much.  Upon listening to this brand new album though, I had to change my opinion.

In my opinion Rebellion’s sound has changed a bit, and this seems to have made their music more accessible to me.  Although they have retained the most significant elements of their music style, I get the impression that with the change in line-up their music has lost some of it’s raw edges, making it sound a bit less Teutonic metal and more like classic heavy metal. The theme of this album harks back into ancient Germanic history, and tells us the story of how Arminius, who was born in a Germanic family, but frequented the Roman circles, raised a rebellion against the Romans, a rebellion that culminated in a battle in the Teutoburger forest, where three Roman legions were more or less decimated by a conglomeration of German tribes.

So if this is to be the new face of rebellion, I would dare to say they have won me over, and can now count me amongst their fans.

85/100

Erik Morren.