Rebellion - Born A Rebel (Drakkar/BMG) 2003
1. "Born A Rebel" (4:02)
2. "Adrenaline" (3:39)
3. "One For All" (5:09)
4. "Word Is War" (4:40)
5. "Dragons Fly" (3:57)
6. "Queen Of Spades" (05:23)
7. "Iron Flames" (6:13)
8. "Through The Fire" (5:34)
9. "Devil's Child" (5:38)
10. "Meet Your Demon" (3:34)
11. "Power Of Evil" (5:10)
Guitarist Uwe Lulis and bassist Tomi Göttlich, both formerly of the mighty Grave Digger, leave their former band and create a heavy metal monster known as Rebellion. From that description, you will obviously know that I love this style of pure heavy metal. "Born A Rebel" is the band's second studio platter and is an absolute balls-to-the-wall heavy metal album. On this particular album, Uwe and Göttlich steer the band away from the more epic sound and storytelling that Grave Digger has taken in recent years, and focus on straight forward heavy metal. As any Grave Digger fan might expect, knowing Uwe work from the past, "Born a Rebel" is chock full of aggressive riffing, slamming guitar solos and loads of memorable melodic soloing. Former Annihilator drummer Randal T. Black is a big driving force behind thiband's sound as well. Rebellions dift slightly into the speed and power metal genres, but that is not to say that "Born A Rebel" is inconsistent. Rather, this CD never gets boring, have plenty of variety from song to song, yet is a cohesive, solid listen from the beginning to the end. A few songs did stand out on the very first listen. "One For All" and "Devil's Child" both stood out in my mind, both containing powerful riffs and memorable vocal melodies. Likewise, the title track is a powerful metal song.
Vocalist Michael Seifer is certainly not a clone of their former vocalist. However, he is a gruff, aggressive vocalist that fits in well with the band's sound. He may even technically be a better singer with a wider range. That is not to slight Chris, who is a charismatic vocalist and a metal legend.
The lyrics to some of these songs may come off as a bit cheesy. The opening lines to "One for All" scream forth the metal cheese, "Made of metal, of gleaming steel!" Personally, I quite enjoy a good metal anthem. The aforementioned "Devil's Child" is about the ignorance of some people who claim that heavy metal is the "devil's music". Unfortunately the lyrics of the song, and several others, sort of plays into the hand's of those who hold to such ridiculous beliefs.
Overall, "Born A Rebel" is an excellent, traditional, heavy metal album that should appeal to Grave Digger fans and any fan of straight forward heavy metal. This is what metal is all about. Go forth and bang your head!
Rebellion - A Tragedy In Steel (Drakkar Records) 2002