Rebel Scum – ‘The Scoundrel’   14 comments

Formed in 2015, in Buffalo, New York, Rebel Scum’s influences are: Motorhead, Venom, Thin Lizzy, etc. They’re known for their exciting, engaging live presence. ‘The Scoundrel’ is their current album.

The Rebellion – Marching intro, quickly breaking into tough gravel based metal. Ace fiery riffs, hard assed drumming and growled vocals, from a seemingly fire ravaged voice. Short, but effective. Good start.

Immortal Coil – Tight, hardwired, upbeat riffs, chased by that fire swallower vocal sound and still, they manage to inject melody. Unusual take on metal, but it seems to work. Heavy, dark and abrupt. As is the end.

Scum Of The Earth – Hard-line drum intro, sexily timed riffs, catchy rhythm and chorus, an audible classic sound pervades this and one with melody aplenty. Very likeable, especially as the pace increases, incorporating some of those towering/descending riffs so beloved within metal circles and that gruff – soaked vocal edge is never lost. A flavoursome choice and an uplifting one, at that).

Mercenary Battalion – Ooh, very impressive memorable intro there, very much reminiscent of Skid Row’s ‘Chain Gang’. An instant hit for that. Continuing with the classic metal streak with some Slayer-esque sounds and plenty of unique and clearly accomplished sounds that make NWOHM the great and adulated beast that it is. This will get you. It will catch your senses and entrap them. Forever. Good stuff.

Speed Freaks – Now with a title like this, you know it’s got to be worth a listen. It definitely meets those expectations and it doesn’t disappoint. Bloody, full-bodied and drenched in the sweat of real metal men. What’s not to love about that? It’s one of those crowd favourites, for sure and it’s likely to be their ‘Ace Of Spades’. Get some. Now.

Alley Cat – Oh yes! Drink in some of that intro riff! Like the sparks of static electricity that accompany a mild shock. Frankly, you’d almost want to stick your fingers in the plug socket repeatedly, just to get some more of this. Listen to the gory passion in those vocals. So well suited to the accompanying obligatory evil laugh, growing insanity and slanderous accusations. Not to mention the cleverly arranged timing and structure of the surrounding riffs. If nothing else, the closing lyrics will make you laugh. Get some of this too.

The Scoundrel – Heavily loaded, impacting drum intro. Vocals becoming even freer now, the release is evident. There’s a real openness to this song, almost cathartic, in itself. It’d make a good party track. Brief, but fun. Put this on and get in the pit. Or an adult -sized ball pond. Or play a violent game of paintball. You get the idea. It’s fun.

Path Of Self Destruction – This’ll wake you up! Massively vocal emphasis, it’s obviously got a point to make and it’s going to make it. Intense, frenetic, riff filled craziness. It’s ace and it’s like a metal alarm, shouting a pertinent and urgently action necessitating wake-up call at you, whilst throwing some sanity saving metal at you, to rock out to, while you’re processing the words.

War Song – Whoa! Another hugely intensive intro, loading your head space with metallic resonance. Throwing in some fitting battle sounds, on which it ends, it’s an apt and relevant track, which, though brief, provides the perfect aural backdrop to the title.

Fucking Evil – A booming, powerful blast of angry, hate filled venom, against the source of evil. The briefest of the lot, but there’s no lack of clarity. Transparent aggression, plausibly performed.

Overall – A fun house of A.O.R. to release all your energy and give you a life affirming buzz.

9/10 *********

For fans of NWOHM, classic 90’s metal and loud, party metal, with attitude.


Posted November 22, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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