Rebel Extravaganza

Heavy Metal And Other Occasional Musics And Cultures

KRIEG: US Black Metal Cult Releases ‘No Gardens Grow Here’ Video/Single; First Album In Nine Years, Ruiner, Nears October Release On Profound Lore Records Alongside Northeast Mini-Tour

‘No Gardens Grow Here’ is the dismal new single from time-honored, Philadelphia-based black metal collective, KRIEG. Delivered through a harrowing video, the song is the newest harbinger of the band’s long-awaited new LP, Ruiner, nearing October release on Profound Lore Records. KRIEG’s Ruiner is the first full-length from the long-running and iconic cult since 2014’s Transient and is a despondent expression that captures the classic band complexion which has solidified the band as a vanguard and pioneer of US black metal. Although Ruiner is the band’s first full-length album in nine years, KRIEG has continued to remain active leading up […]

Album Review: 20 Watt Tombstone – The Chosen Few

Seems like you can’t throw a limited-edition vinyl of Degüello, Welcome To Sky Valley or Captain Beyond without hitting 18 bands trying to cop that feel, morph it, and – hopefully – twist it into something their own. Complain about the surplus of post-black metal bands these days all you want, and Lord knows I do, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the sheer glut of stoner rock bands. Mind you, not doom. Not at all. Very different animals, muchaco, and rarely even of the same species, when done right. Returning with its all-important third album, Wisconsin’s […]

FABRICANT: Drudge To The Thicket Debut LP From California Death Metal Trio Formed By Members Of Mefitis Now Streaming; Album Available On Profound Lore Records

California death metal trio FABRICANT presents their long-awaited debut album, Drudge To The Thicket, now streaming in its engrossing entirety. Formed by members of dark metal band, Mefitis, FABRICANT leverages any musical tool for their riff and song fabrication. Speed, stillness, technicality, simplicity, consonance, dissonance… are all at play for the express purpose of telling the stories of humanity’s hubris, madness, and frailty. FABRICANT glimpsed into this black vortex, extracted the raw materials of inspiration, and refined the chaos into the ten fully actualized, death metal songs on their debut album Drudge To The Thicket. This album was FABRICANT’s obsession: […]

Album Review: Mizmor – Prosaic

MIZMOR’s fourth proceeds, ‘Only An Expanse’ a whirlwind of unadorned and raw auricular fury, which is strange, given the acceptance of the subject matter. Not so much resigned to fate as an “…in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”, yet aware that moods shift, experiences at times flash through, and in others drag one into the slough. It’s rare that our bright flashes of happiness can be converted to a sustaining joy, also uncommon that a grief, a trauma, a general “bad event” doesn’t want to rest its weary feet in the cabin of our heart and lives […]

U.S. Trad-Metal Stalwarts ENTIERRO to Release The Gates Of Hell in October

New Haven (CT) – Traditional heavy metal band ENTIERRO has just completed their fifth collection of new songs, titled The Gates of Hell, at Dexter’s Lab Studio under the watchful eye of engineer Nick Bellmore. The album will be released on October 19! The album’s title track is streaming now HERE The Gates Of Hell not only marks a return to the studio where they recorded their self-titled full length album, but also introduces a new period for the band, as this incarnation of the unit has grown into a solid force in songwriting and collaboration. Most bands take time […]

Album Review: Marduk – Memento Mori

Time sure hasn’t sanded the edges off of MARDUK. Memento Mori has some of the fastest, most vicious metal these guys have ever played. There’s a hardcore contingent of “fans” that complain the band has lost its edge when they ditched their Sieg Heiling bass player. You sure can’t hear it here. ‘Blood Of The Funeral’, ‘Coffin Carol’ and ‘Red Tree of Blood’ are like barbed wire whips that rip the flesh from your bones. Yet if you listen carefully, there is also strange melody and even a kind of brutal elegance that slips into some of these tunes. The […]

CONNY OCHS: Singer/Songwriter To Release German-Sung Wahn Und Sinn LP Through Exile On Mainstream In October; Artwork, Track Listing, And Preorders Posted

Four-and-a-half years have passed since CONNY OCHS’ most recent album, Doom Folk. While new music from the man was rare in the record store, he was quite active on stage. In addition to some solo tours and very intensive concerts including the online Roadburn Festival 2020 and two touching performances in the Dolomites in 2021 and 2022, which fans could follow via livestream, the artist, who works and lives in Germany and Italy, surprised us especially with the band Trialogos, whose 2021 debut album Stroh Zu Gold presented a completely new side of CONNY OCHS. Working with multi-instrumentalists Kiki Bohemia […]

Album Review: Courtney Gains – Safe Haven [EP]

Aside from co-starring in my second favorite horror film of all time (more on that in an upcoming interview), COURTNEY GAINS has realized a dream that a very small percentage of actors and musicians see come to life – that of working in his chosen field for nigh on four decades. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, look, there’s this fancy schmancy “internet” thing. You’ll recognize him. But this here’s about the music so, as the Looney Tunes theme song says, “On with the show, this is it!”. ‘Safe Haven’ begins with a guitar phrasing that blends surf tone […]

DEN SAAKALDTE: New Album Details & Music Video

Norwegian black metal band DEN SAAKALDTE details & previews its first new album in nine years, Pesten Som Tar Over. The album is due for release on September 29th via Agonia Records. Its opening track, ‘Av Satans Ild’, is available for streaming in the form of a music video below. View/Stream ‘Av Satans Ild’ DEN SAAKALDTE is the brainchild of guitarist Sykelig, established back in 2006, after Sykelig relocated from Hellas to Norway. The band started as a one man project but soon included in its ranks members such as Kvarforth (Shining), S. Winter (ex-Gehenna), Seidemann (1349) and Øyvind Hægeland […]

Entry #1 – Let’s Open Up This Pit

Croatian Viking Metal, Post-Hardcore Dubstep, Blackgaze, Ugandan Didgeridoo Thrash. I’ve never been one for sub-sub-categorization, for whittling down a mighty oak to a single toothpick just to “nail” a band’s sound or any sort of artist’s work exactly. It cheapens the music, flies in the face of art’s goal, pisses on the creative spirit and purports to govern you in what way you “must” appreciate (or despise). Nearly 51 Earth-years into this journey, I’m quite simply over it. Of course, use descriptors, but it’s the need to feel one “has” to that’s my gripe, and always has been. Crack open […]