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Review: Rebaelliun - Annihilation

Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 38:05
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4.38/5 (87.5%) (8 Votes)

Holy fuck. This album will sweep you away like a tsunami victim – period. Rebaelliun were unfairly referred to by some as a poor man's Krisiun, but to be fair 'Annihilation' matches Krisiun blow for blow in brutality, technicality and speed stakes. This was their 2nd album, after which they unfortunately went their separate ways, but at least they went out on a high with this feisty bitch of an album branding a sizzling mark on their legacy, which is more than most alleged 'poor man's' bands can say.

Starting as they meant to go on from the off, the album rattles along at ludicrous speeds simultaneously numbing the senses as well as dazzling the mind. Unholy, evil and brutal, Rebaelliun certain had that little bit of x-factor that Krisiun wrote the recipe for, being as tight as humanly possible whilst managing to retain an earthy feel with the Morbid Angel/Hate Eternal melodious solos and brutally technical riffs. For me though, this album is most notable for its drum work. Seriously, this guy could give any drummer a run for his money when it comes to technical ability, not to mention an inventiveness that is sparsely seen in such high speed metal. Managing to be clinical and incisive without being cold and robotic must be pretty difficult to pull off, but these guys certainly manage it with aplomb. Maybe it's something in the Brazilian water?

So, if you've an insatiable hunger for brutal and technical death metal, and you've yet to check these guys out, you seriously can't go wrong with Rebaelliun.

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