Rebel Extravaganza

Heavy Metal & Extreme Music And Culture

Album Review: Austin Walkin’ Cane – Muscle Shoals

In the interest of forthrightness, yours truly spent some of the crappiest years of his life in the Shoals area of Alabama. A metal/punk kid coming up in the mid-‘80s had little chance of finding anything like a “group” of friends, hated my school, blah blah, the whole nine yards. So I dove headlong into books…and music. Thanks to an older skater my interest in truly different music was kindled and set to blaze, and a couple dudes who worked at the local record store became my rabbis, guiding me through a veritable Library Of Alexandria of music. All that […]

TENHI announce new album and release lyric video

From a decade of twilight, Finnish dark folk ensemble TENHI return to the light with a lyric video for the new track ‘Saattue’ as the first single taken from their forthcoming album, Valkama, which has been slated for release on June 9, 2023. WATCH ‘Saattue’ PRE-ORDER Valkama On further news, parallel to the release of Valkama on June 9, 2023, TENHI will also make a limited hardcover slipcase box available under the title Collected Works 2023. The box will contain all TENHI recordings from 1997 to 2023 on 14 vinyl LPs, which are for most part remastered and include Valkama […]

Album Review: Gatekeeper – From Western Shores

GATEKEEPER returns after five years between albums, hopefully bolstered by new blood, with From Western Shores. Sure, debut East Of Sun (itself released nearly 5 years after the band’s initial 2013 demo) was solid “enough”, but if a power/epic metal band isn’t truly epic – if I don’t end up leaping about the Citadel fending off hordes, carousing with fairy maidens and raising my battle axe high whilst standing victorious atop a pile of my enemy’s vanquished – then I tend not to revisit the album too often if at all, and it lies forgotten. To be honest, I’m a […]

OBSEQUIAE Releases Multi-Camera Video Of Entire Fire In The Mountains Fest Performance

Medieval/melodic black metal collective OBSEQUIAE presents a new video of their epic performance at last year’s gathering of the annual Fire In The Mountains Fest. OBSEQUIAE’s Fire In The Mountains performance took place July 24th, 2022, at Heart Six Ranch in Moran, Wyoming on the lands of the Newe Sogobia (Eastern Shoshone), Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Shoshone-Bannock, Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), Arapaho, Titunwan Lakota, and Crow. OBSEQUIAE shared the stage with Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Steve Von Till, Eternal Champion, Hexvessel, Emma Ruth Rundle, and many others at the gathering, and the band’s six-member lineup featured primary studio members – […]

Album Review: Xysma – No Place Like Alone

XYSMA was right there at the beginning of the Finnish death metal movement and back then they were as icky and revolting as any of them. That phase didn’t last too long; along with CONVULSE, they radically altered their sound and injected more straight rock and roll as well as other influences into their sound. But even that was 25 years ago… Of course, no band stays retired in this day and age and after a quarter of a century, XYSMA have returned. Anyone pining for their gruesome death metal days can continue pining…there’s none of that here. However, if […]

SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH to release official documentary this spring

WINO: The Documentary, the story of SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, one of heavy metal’s most iconic underground figureheads and godfather of doom, will be released by New Terms Productions on May 13th digitally and on DVD. WINO: The Documentary is the story of doom rock legend SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH, known for his many influential bands such as The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, Premonition 13, Wino Acoustic, Place of Skulls, Shrinebuilder, Probot, and more. Dive into the outlaw life, epic career, and enduring influence of WINO, in this honest, raw, and often hilarious depiction of the man and […]

Album Review: Sammath – Grebbeberg

After just shy of three decades, Dutch force SAMMATH knows well what it is and what it is not and, now seven albums into the fight, it damned well should. Over the past three albums, though, the band has transformed into a three-pronged attack led, as always by J. Kruitwagen. So let us march to Grebbeberg and hope we make it home, because not all will. Scandinavian black metal bands, especially in the more Northern countries, seem often quite obsessed with the topic and imagery of WWII – and not to lessen any losses from those battles – but the […]

Örnatorpet reveals New single from upcoming album

Nordvis presents the first single from the upcoming ÖRNATORPET album which is due for release on May 5, 2023. Listen to ‘På jordrygg ett slott är rest’ ÖRNATORPET commented:“As the album opener, ‘På jordrygg ett slott är rest’ immediately sets the tone for Evigt främmande, evigt fjärran. Listen, and you’ll be transported to a desolate world where evil forces threaten the very fabric of reality. The title translates to ‘On a drumlin stands a castle’. The castle provides temporal shelter from the horrors lurking outside; it represents a bastion of hope in an otherwise hopeless world, and the music reflects […]

Album Review: Kruelty – Untopia

Tokyo five-pointed star of extremity KRUELTY returns with its second, Untopia, ‘Unknown Nightmare’ opening with a ritual type chant that lulls into a false sense of security, obliterated once the tune proper kicks in. Bulldozer riffs, one of the most addictive bass tones I’ve heard in too long and insistent drums bolster Tatami’s Straight Outta Stockholm vocal hysterics, the band moving deftly in and out of beatdown HXC, NIHILIST-ic stench and COFFINS crawl, and the first song ain’t even over yet. ‘Harder Than Before’ burns with a RINGWORM-like urgency, as frantic, but snapping into time to deliver a breakdown any […]


Dorthia Cottrell envisions her music as both a document of love and a reconciliation with death. On her new album, Death Folk Country, Cottrell wards off death through creation – the most distilled form of love. The spirit of love passed on through her words will be the ultimate reward for earthly suffering. Cottrell’s enigmatic presence guides listeners down a path of introspection – Death Folk Country‘s massive scope touches upon tales of love, loss, and so much more. Cottrell was raised in rural King George, Virginia, a town with less than 5,000 inhabitants. Forests and tall-grass fields stretched before […]