Rebel Extravaganza

Heavy Metal & Extreme Music And Culture


Album Review: Old Man Wizard – Kill Your Servants Quietly

First of all this isn’t 06/06/06, cut the cringy “Look how anti-God we are.” crap already. Seriously, all views and beliefs aside, it’s not even a dead horse anymore. What we have is something so overdone and past the point of bludgeoning to death there aren’t even atoms left. Take a few swings at Islam, take a few swings at Hinduism or Judaism. The lyrics here aren’t even that profound. Okay, now we’ve gotten through that, let’s carry on with the rest of this shit show. I got to the third track, ‘God Is Your Friend’, and I was done. […]

Album Review: Thyrfing – Vanagandr

My first exposure to THYRFING was around 2008 with Farsotstider. I loved it, but since then I had not delved too deeply, a song here and there. Vanagandr is my first full album since, and it was as much of an experience now as it was then. Vanagandr starts off hard hitting, as any Viking metal album should, with those sick riffs, choirs of Valkyries, and then those Viking blackened growls. ‘Dop dem I eld’ is the opener well chosen, the storm before the calm before the even bigger storm. Those headbanging riffs and backing keys will have you headbanging […]

Album Review: High Desert Queen – Secrets Of The Black Moon

From the get-go with ‘Heads Will Roll’, we are treated to some fine riffing, and a voice so smooth you wonder if the spicy lettuce has kicked in already. Feel that rolling and nodding your head? Yes, let it overtake you. That bass so crisp tickling your taste buds like a fine steak stone-cooked in the desert. This was just what I needed to hear tonight. What a pick me up! HIGH DESERT QUEEN is what you would get if THE SWORD and GOATWHORE had a baby, and I love this baby. I would adopt it and care for it […]

Album Review: Vaelmyst – Secrypts Of The Egochasm

First of all, I was promised angel breasts and skulls. I received neither of these. What a let down. That being said, though I did not receive either, what I did get were some fine riffs. So, what happens when we delve into these secret cry…sorry, secrypts? Well, it could be said you would be treated to some fine finger work, the kind that would have your usual alley stalker in fishnets panting like a dog. Could I imagine myself sitting down with Howard Lovecraft and his delightful cat, banging this out over some sweet Merlot? Absolutely. Might even get […]

Album Review: TRNA – Istok

I’ll give advance notice, I am wary of labels like “core” and “shoegaze”. I see those words in a bands description and suddenly I get the image of pathetic fringe-cringe wimps crying in their My Chemical Romance shirts trying to pump their emotions into the pedals like it will somehow override the fact that they suck. But I was giving TRNA a chance, and sweet feck, I am glad I did! With that out of the way, where do I begin. Well…the first track sucked me in harder than the mosquitos have this year. I was torn into another realm, […]

Album Review: Pharaoh – The Powers That Be

“Bring me their heads! Set loose the war dogs! Blood will flow by the powers that be. . .”We’re not even two minutes into the title track of The Powers That Be, and already we are beckoned forth with an epic battle cry. If you can’t feel the call, I suggest you crank up your volume. If that weren’t enough to stir you, very well, go live in your mediocrity. Heads will remain on shoulders; the dogs will mope around in their kennels, and the only thing flowing will be your inner barbarian’s tears as you sit back down to […]

Album Review: In The Company Of Serpents – Lux

First off, I did not see Lux coming. Secondly, why have all the clocks stopped? That’s right folks, its time to tune low and play slow. Opener and likewise gravitational suckerpunch, ‘The Fool’s Journey’ brings to mind images of Thulsa Doom jamming to this in his cave. Brethren, don those robes and nod in silent contemplation as the riff vibrates through you, and prepare for the sludge journey. Here, no lives matter. What you want is of absolute irrelevance. Succumb! ‘The Chasm At The Mouth Of It All’ reminds us that the Wild West wasn’t all cowboys and “injuns.” It […]