|Review: Rebel - Sakálok földjén|
Label: Nail Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: October 10, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Formed in 2012, Rebel are a Hungarian band that started as a side project of former Crossholder frontman Charles "Devil" Károly. Melodic Heavy/Power Metal is the name of the game, and Rebel do a damn fine job of it with razor-sharp riffs, cool melodies, and vocals that are decent but sort of hampered by the Hungarian sung bits sounding a little crowded. When listening to this album, I always wonder how this band would sound playing live and singing in their beloved mother tongue. They've done shows with big names like Ross the Boss and Majesty, so I imagine it must be good enough for those kinds of audiences, but while there's plenty of energy and potential here, I can't help but imagine that it'd benefit their songwriting and maybe even their appeal if they sang in English.
Having said that, the language does give it a distinct feel, and even if I find it a little distracting, it is nice to hear bands injecting their cultural identity into their sound. If you're a fan of Iron Maiden or Accept and you don't mind the language, this is worth checking out.
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