Label: Massacre Records - MAS PC0522 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. If Rebellion's predominant abstraction revolving around historical fare is true to the conceptual path Uwe Lulis planned to take Grave Digger immediately after Excaliburit is safe to say that we missed out on something spectacular.
Even more difficult to argue is the fact that Lulis' wrought-iron appeal on the six-strings is at its landscape-razing deadliest when channeled through a more militaristic, mid-paced template like the one featured extensively here on Miklagard. It took the band three tries post-inception, but on 's Sagas of Iceland a harmonious balance was finally achieved, treading on a stylistic tightrope that had previously failed the band on earlier efforts.
Born a Rebel is a potent example of the band's no-frills temperament failing them, featuring weak songwriting and an overall dearth of cohesive ethos.
Miklagardthe second entry in The History of the Vikings trilogy, I Am Just A Girl - Toshio Mori & Blue Coats - Abba, The Big Band a step ahead in nearly every conceivable facet. Even when judged against the shocking return to form that is Sagas of Icelanda visible influx of energy and zest is clearly discernible.
Be it the imperial, militant drive of "Free" and "Kiew," or the skull-crunching open notes held out over hails of double-bass like on "Taste of Steel," the body count remains quite high no matter what the Vi Seglar Mot Miklagard - Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings Volume II.
As per Lulis' throwback influences, there are a number of speed metal intervals as well, which are universally hot and piping, sharpening a new blade when the former begins to dull from bloodshed.
Many of the riffs slide up and down the fretboard, relying on crushing chord progressions as opposed to the more typical melodic licks associated with the genre. Lulis' tone is rich and classic sounding, yet feels smooth and polished in an appealingly modern way. An enviable contingent to be sure, and while I have lauded Rebellion in the past for their ability to craft a foundation as rigid as tempered steel, they oftentimes failed to replicate such visceral attributes vocally.
While Seifert still seems to sing well outside of his comfort zone at times, he totally redeems the lame performance on Born a Rebel. His vocals lack a distinctive level of melodic appeal, but convince thoroughly on attitude alone. Dude has some of the most gravel-born, venom-radiating chops in the genre, embodying something close to a less-exaggerated Chris Boltendahl with perhaps even more vitriolic Vi Seglar Mot Miklagard - Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings Volume II at his core.
Miklagardlike most Rebellion records, eventually lives or dies by the songwriting alone. The band still fails to inspire for the full duration, but I can find a reason to dig the shit out of nearly all of these numbers. If you need catchier choruses, try out Iron Savior or Paragon, as Rebellion is struck from a decidedly less melodically-inveigling mold.
They are a band that checks all of the necessary genre hallmarks on their way down, but through this adherence to the less exultant, will always find themselves fighting against the current - for better or for worse. Two years after the brilliant first part of the trilogy, I was really looking forward and expecting very much from this second part. My question was if the band would be able to keep up the high level and create the epic atmosphere of their last opus magnum.
Finally, this album wasn't able to keep up with the previous one and I have been quite disappointed at the time it came out. But it isn't a bad album after all and has some killer tracks on it like the atmospheric and surprising opener "Vi seglar mot Miklagard", the very slow and melodic title track "Miklagard" which has become my favourite song on the record or the closing epic "The uprising" that grows more and more every time I listen to it.
The main problem of the album is that most of the songs sound quite alike. A short introduction, a few fast riffs, a powerful chorus and a couple of solos during the bridge and once again a powerful chorus in the end are the base of most of the songs. While many songs are fast, heavy and straight in your face, the epic factor and the diversity of the last album has gone away and Ojos De España (Spanish Eyes) - Duo Saturno - Viva España are some fillers on the record.
Some better examples of this kind of approach are the fast Viking hymn "Ulfberth" or the rather epic "Kiew" but songs like the opener "Sweden" or the stereotypical failure "Taste of steel" are rather boring. The album has not the intellectual approach I was expecting, the intense atmosphere I was longing for and the diversity I have admired on the last album.
The album is mostly fast and rhythm orientated and sounds like typical Teutonic metal in the key of Grave Digger so that I must attest a surprising lack of identity for this record.
This album is a very solid one but far away from the excellence of the first part of trilogy and also of the diversity of the strong last part. The traditional metal fans will surely like it for its straightness but I was expecting more. Yet, I don't see how I could possibly vote otherwise. This album has blasted its way out of my speakers for countless hours, from beginning to end The genre is the first thing to mention.
Rebellion are often labeled as "power metal. I Vi Seglar Mot Miklagard - Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings Volume II "speed metal" would be a better label if one was required - maybe a mix of power and thrash. Well, Rebellion definitely sound a lot more raw and thrashier than power metal, especially with the powerful vocals of Michael Seifert.
They actually remind me a lot of the vocals from Grave Digger - yet undoubtedly better. I actually discovered this band thanks to Grave Digger, seeing as Rebellion was founded by two ex-members, most notably Uwe Lulis, the guitarist. While the two bands do share some similarities, Rebellion is the clear winner, as established through not only this release, but also their highly-recommended Part 1 to the viking saga.
But alas, on to the music! Rebellion's Miklagard is in fact the second part to a not-yet-finished trilogy about the history of vikings.
Perhaps an exhausted topic, yes, but Rebellion tackle this subject in a brand new, refreshing light that should make even Amon Amarth green with envy.
The album opens up with a mellow instrumental intro track that sets the atmosphere and lets us know, something fucking incredible is about to start The guitar riffs and the backing pounding of the drums crush mercilessly and never let up.
The vocals join in to create a killer combination. While Seifert's voice is harsh and low, he has enough of a range and melody to form the catchiest of choruses found anywhere. One listen through the album and you will undoubtedly be screaming along, "Sweden, oh Sweden!
My fatherland, my HOME! Every track has a great solo, yet it is not so filled with technicality as many power metal releases. In fact, I found the solos to be very reminiscent of Iron Maiden When Miklagard is blasting through your speakers, you ARE racing towards the field of battle, sword and axe in hand, ready to slaughter your enemy, or die a glorious death while trying.
This release has it What U Got What U Do (Jupiter Ace Remix) - Various - Technics: The Original Sessions 2005 - brutal guitars, amazing drumming, incredible guitar solos, and tremendous replay ability. Every track is memorable, every song is catchy, and hell One can only hope that the third and final part of the trilogy will be just as good!
Recommended for vikings and ANY heavy metal fans, be it thrash, power, death, or doom Rebellion will not let you down. On this chilly November afternoon, I sit with a great deal of resentment towards the year I thought for sure there would be Challenger - Various - Dolce Vita Vol.
2 great deal of power metal releases but alas I was disappointed. I look back and wonder how big of a fool I was.
None of the aforementioned bands have released anything worthy of their name this year. Ever since Grave Digger put out their cursed Liberty or Death and set the standards for power metal albums to suck for only a few bands have been immune to its malevolent wave.
Vi Seglar Mot Miklagard - Rebellion - Miklagard - The History Of The Vikings Volume II , Rebellion lives up to their name and have resisted such a fate. To start off lets just look at this band. Formed by two ex-members of Grave Digger I wonder why it took me so long to discover them.
It becomes apparent that they split paths with Grave Digger to avoid the trail of suck Grave Digger was destined to walk this year. However, where Grave Digger seems to lack Rebellion excels. It remains just as melodic and catchy, though. The similarities where they struck me most are the vocals.
Both have a semi-harsh almost thrash like sounding singer in a power metal band and it works astonishingly well. Monster riffs and powerful drums pave a path of nonstop heavy fucking metal. P.L.U.C.K. - System Of Down* - MP3 Collection simply must do it. Did you pronounce that right? Michael sounds a lot like a Viking so it sounds perfect.
Which reminds me, the Viking theme of this album is quite a breath of fresh air for power metal, which has gone stale from the usual knights and dragons theme going around. I guess the production could have been better but everything sounds great anyway. Whatever, get this album right now.
This slays every recent power metal release and hell, slays most metal in general. The galloping riffs, the pummeling double bass, the gruff but excellent vocals are all here but what makes Rebellion so different than Grave Digger? There are no ballads in this album; it is full of mid-tempo songs and blistering fast and aggressive headbangers that leave you wanting more! The vocals sound like a slightly less gruff version of Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger with more range and just as much conviction.
Michael Seifert is a talented vocalist and could possibly even sound classically trained to a certain degree; either way he adds a great deal to the Viking experience. The drumming is a constant double bass on most songs, but there is variety in its tone and shifts around — nothing out of the ordinary here.
This is also a riff-tastic album for those who enjoy heavier power metal like Sabaton, Primal Fear, and Jag Panzer this will add to the freshness. Not every song has a solo but a majority contains a short but killer solo that shows the talent of the guitarists. The production is also crisp clean and done perfectly for the feel, but certainly not overdone. Sweden has a catchy-as-hell chorus and awesome opening riff.
So while this might be hit and miss Bedřich Smetana - Má Vlast (Shellac, Album) some, it surely deserves a listen by any fan of power metal and Viking metal.
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