Rebel Extravaganza

Heavy Metal & Extreme Music And Culture

ALBUM REVIEW: AIMA – Tragos

While what’s happening to the goat in the lead track from AIMA’s debut full-length, Tragos may involve fucking of a sort, it definitely doesn’t sound as if anything’s being redeemed, so furious is the rhythm cannonade, so malevolent the riffs. Slithering back and forth and back again, from INCANTATION-style doom to a more cavernous BLEEDING FIST, this trio is locked into each other’s musical sensibilities, grafted to one another, even when ‘The Occultist’ threatens to take the whole careening train off the rails. ‘Possessed Preacher’ imbues and invades, a sonic reverse exorcism, casting demonic forces in rather than out. The […]

TAU CROSS To Release Third Full-Length, Messengers Of Deception, August 9th Via Relapse Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Multinational punk/metal collective TAU CROSS returns with their immersive third full-length titled Messengers Of Deception, coming August 9th on Relapse Records. TAU CROSS features Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague. Recorded at Signaturetone Studios and mastered by Adam Tucker (Thou, False), TAU CROSS expands on their trademark dark, infectious, guitar-driven epics across Messengers Of Deception‘s fifty-four esoteric minutes. Album rippers like ‘Burn With Me’, ‘The Sidhe’, and the driving title track see TAU CROSS dissect stories passed down through thousand years of manipulation. Topics range from […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Magic Circle – Departed Souls

Finally, some honest music. MAGIC CIRCLE have been a kind of cult name in doom metal circles the last few years and have shown a talent for epic metal in the CANDLEMASS vein. Their previous effort Journey Blind was a really strong release that definitely aimed for that mark. On Departed Souls, they are going for a more earthy vibe, injecting some blues and classic rock elements into the heaviness. Think of PENTAGRAM and early BLACK SABBATH more than CANDLEMASS this time around. Most importantly, this has a real pure analog sound to it. Praise be to the metal gods […]

NEUROSIS & JARBOE: Neurot Recordings Announces Remastered Reissue Of Landmark Collaboration; Tracks Streaming + Preorders Posted

Neurot Recordings is proud to reissue the landmark collaboration by NEUROSIS & JARBOE, which was originally released in 2003. This latest version, which is fully remastered and features entirely new artwork from Aaron Turner, will be available on August 2nd, on vinyl for the first time, as well as CD and digital formats. Preorders for the album have been posted along with the new artwork and more. When two independent and distinct spheres overlap, the resulting ellipse tends to emphasize the most striking and powerful characteristics of each body. Such is the case with this particular collaboration between heavy music […]

Album Review: Undoer – Survival Is A Myth

The phrase “unlooked-for” fits Turkey’s UNDOER like a black, fingerless glove. Only a year out of the gate, the trio self-released Survival Is A Myth late 2018, streaking low under the radar of those (myself included) who weren’t paying enough attention, but should’ve been. It’s the nature of the beast circa 2018-19, however. The press/media is bloated with our own ego-driven elitism, fancying ourselves the watchguards of taste, so it’s unavoidable but – let’s be honest here – unfortunate that sometimes entire bands literally going supernova with quality exist in the exile of our oblivion. Wisely snapped up for wide(r) […]

Batushka shares new song + video for ‘Wieczernia’

Emerging from the shadows of eastern Poland back in 2015, black metal band BATUSHKA have established themselves as one of the modern era’s most powerful and evocative bands. Harnessing the fire and fury of arcane black metal and channeling it through the reverberant grandeur of ancient rituals of worship, the band’s debut album Litourgiya stood apart from the extreme metal hordes: a monument to originality, depth and dark mysticism that swiftly cast its spell over the metal underground and beyond. The band will release its sophomore album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records on July 12. The album is available for […]

Album Review: Paladin – Ascension

The buzz has been strong on this Atlanta band in the last few weeks, and they seem to be the latest darlings of the “true metal” crowd. I find Ascension entertaining enough, but I really have an issue with calling this an ode to ‘80s style power metal. That description leads me to expect something that draws a lot of influence from the likes of OMEN, MANILLA ROAD and the like. PALADIN to me sounds like they’re the second coming of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD mixed with the shredding guitar frenzy of DRAGONFORCE. The songs are fast, leaning to thrash, […]

MORTEN MÜLLER Releases New Video for ‘Jump In The Fire’: METALLICA CLASSICS AS IF DONE BY MESHUGGAH

Norwegian MORTEN MULLER has released another in his series of Metallica cover tracks and videos. Self-handling guitar, bass, vocals and drum programming he gives the classic speed-metal track ‘Jump In The Fire’ an overhaul in the style of tech-death legends Meshuggah. Watch official video for ‘Jump In The Fire’ by MORTEN MULLER HERE MULLER actually sings in a Metallica tribute band known as Metal Militia that plays all over Norway. The idea to Meshugga-nize Metallica came to him as he recalls “I was rehearsing for a concert with Metal Militia, and I was playing ‘Moth Into Flame’ on my 8 […]

Interview: Forever Autumn

TIME IN THE TIMELESS REALMInterview with FOREVER AUTUMNBy: Lord Randall From its doom’ed beginnings, Massachusetts’ FOREVER AUTUMN (in the persona of Autumn Ni Dubhghaill) quickly morphed into stark, yet beautiful neofolk brilliance, shimmering on the pond in some moments, striking lightning through the mountains in others – sometimes within the same song. Earlier in this year, did Lord Randall spend a time of communion with the woman behind the music of her newest, Howls In The Forest At Dusk, and the Nature behind us alle. Here…listen, for it beckons… Rebel Extravaganza: Twelve years lapsed between I Bury My Face In […]

Orange Goblin Gear Up For U.S. Dates

British titans ORANGE GOBLIN are preparing for their return to the stage in the United States! Their upcoming U.S Run includes exclusive stops in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas and an appearance at The Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville, TN. Cape Fear sludge stalwarts Weedeater will now be joining the band as direct support in Chicago at Thalia Hall. Find a complete list of dates below. “ORANGE GOBLIN haven’t been able to tour the US since 2014 so it’s been a long 5 years, but we are excited to return in 2019 for a few select shows across the […]