Review: Rebellion – Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd – The History Of The Saxons – Massacre Records – Release: Out Now.
Let it never be said that you can’t learn things by listening to heavy metal. The German true heavy metal brigade of Rebellion is back with their new album based on the early history of the Saxons. The band’s no stranger to putting historical information into their songs and they know how to bring it without the dryness you might get out of the history books.
Music-wise “Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd” is pure heavy metal, through and through. You’ll hear parts of the 80s and 90s come back, while still retaining the typical German heavy metal sound.
The albums just kicks into high gear without the need for any fancy intro song. ‘Irminsul’ gets you ready for some fast-paced heavy metal and lots of catchy choruses. The lyrics are pretty deep and do work to give you a nice understanding of history, occasionally supplemented by spoken words, as in the follow-up song ‘God of Mercy’, which turns out to be a nice slow banger.
Speaking of the 80s, the intro and some leads to ‘Take to the Seas’ reminds of me back of Iron Maiden’s “Killers” period. The killer solo adds to the vibe, while still feeling fresh and new.
Ending out the album is the title track ‘Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd’, which is filled with a lot of guitar fireworks throughout, but ends in a nice somewhat dramatic way when the song slowly breaks down until just the vocals remain, giving you some nice goose bumps on the way out.
Despite the heavy source material you really can’t go wrong with Rebellion’s newest opus if you love some pure heavy metal!
Score: 4 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic