Rebel Extravaganza

Heavy Metal & Extreme Music And Culture

ALBUM REVIEW: Funereal Presence – Achatius

One man band FUNERAL PRESENCE has given us another reminder that it’s the most off the wall and batshit crazy bands that are the most entertaining. The thing I will remember most about this oddball outsider unit is their use of bells…the clear glorious ringing of tubular bells and the earthy clank of the almighty cowbell. Over the course of these four epic and mind-dizzying tunes, you will hear both kind of bells used to brilliant effect.  The use of bells stands out, but really Funereal Presence deliver crazed extreme metal that is unlike anything else out there. Each of […]

Interview: PULCHRA MORTE

For our first interview on the relaunched Rebel Extravaganza, who better than PULCHRA MORTE, an entity which, though newly formed, harks back to those few formative but oh, so important years when both death and doom were colliding, and bands were creating something heretofore unheard within the realm of metal. Lord Randall recently sat down with guitarists Jarrett Pritchard and Jeff Breden, drummer Clayton Gore and vocalist Jason Barron to discuss the band’s debut offering, Divina Autem Et Aniles. Rebel Extravaganza: Did you approach the songwriting of the new album with conscious thought as to PULCHRA MORTE being a different […]

Poland’s DOOMBRINGER set release date for new NUCLEAR WAR NOW! album, reveal first track

Today, NUCLEAR WAR NOW! PRODUCTIONS sets March 7th as the international release date for the highly anticipated second album of Poland’s DOOMBRINGER, Walpurgis Fires, on CD format. The vinyl LP version will be released on April 15th. For over a decade, Poland’s DOOMBRINGER has consistently produced a hybrid strain of extreme sound: the stalwart machinery of death metal adorned in the opaque cloth of black metal. With only two demos and a few EP tracks foreshadowing its debut album, the band’s sparse discography is a testament to the meticulous curation of its body of work. It has now been nearly […]

THETAN: Cvlt Nation Streams Abysmal LP; New Album From Nashville Powerviolence Duo Out Friday Via Anti-Corporate Music

Cvlt Nation is streaming Abysmal, the violent second full-length from Nashville, Tennessee-based hardcore/powerviolence duo, THETAN, days ahead of its release this Friday through Anti-Corporate Music. Ending a four-year release hiatus in releasing recorded material, THETANdelivers Abysmal, continuing their legacy of creating point-blank, depressive, powerviolent hardcore. The album deploys eighteen pulverizing tracks in just as many minutes, an intense offering which sees the band simultaneously exploring new territory with more nuanced stylings, though never straying from the pulverizing delivery that they have adopted for the past years. Recorded by Eliott Virula., Abysmal was mastered by the band’s Dan Emery through his own Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Kool […]

Album Review: Ossuarium – Living Tomb

Certain kinds of death metal are the perfect accompaniment to a walk among the dead. The kind that mixes a suffocating doom with riffs that rot from the head down. Hailing from the fertile Portland scene, OSSUARIUM creates a potent if predictable serenade for your visit to the catacombs. All the expected boxes are checked here. The “cavernous” roaring vocals, the thick and slimy riffs reeking of INCANTATION, even the ghastly cover art of Dan Seagrave. I can’t say I was surprised by any of OSSUARIUM‘s revolting tuneage, but it will surely satisfy any underground death-head’s yearning for morbid metal. […]

Album Review: The Skull – The Endless Road Turns Dark

Anyone interested in what a perfect metal production job sounds like would be well advised to check out this record. Rarely have I heard a better sounding disk. The bass sound is absolutely phenomenal, the drumming sounds natural and the many varying guitar tones are exquisitely rendered. This is state of the art recording in every way. That perfect sonic palette is applied to some great American doom metal. THE SKULL is basically Chicago’s legendary TROUBLE with some different personnel. If you thought THE SKULL’s first effort For Those Which Are Asleep was heavy, you haven’t heard anything yet. The […]