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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Rebaelliun - The Hell's Decrees


Breaking their 15-year silence between studio albums, legendary Brazilian death metal horde Rebaelliun are finally back and are acting as if they’ve been frozen in time since the break-up. This is how to do reunion albums as there’s simply nothing here but their classic sound turned through a newfound production job and modern recording sensibilities for an utterly dominating and explosive return, truly making this a great release overall from Hammerheart Records.

For the most part this one ultimately shows that their decade-plus long disbanding hasn’t slowed them down as they pick up right where they once left off. This has the band's trademark sound and style dripping all over this release, running the full gamut of technical and brutal riffing here, with “Affronting the Gods: and “Legion” offering the best examples here, to blistering displays of tightly-wound rhythms charging along into ravenous speed-drenched patterns that are running along through rather impressive tempos, much like “Dawn of Mayhem” and “Crush the Cross,” allowing for the various changes and tight arrangements that have always been present throughout their sound. Given that same blistering drum-attack that piles on the blasts and choppy, up-tempo patterns that matches the generous speed anthems here it makes for a wholly pleasing and cohesive effort that still sounds like the group hasn’t lost a step at all. This ends up being the one minor misstep here in that all the album does is reaffirm what the band was all about from the beginning with this one running through all the motions of their previous attacks without much deviation, and considering the overall brevity of the album that leaves this with a feeling of wanting more out of it, but in the end this is a negligible flaw that shouldn’t hold it back too much.

While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to these venerable and well-missed legends, the fact that it still sounds so much like the bands’ heyday and hasn’t missed a step attack-wise makes this a wholly worthwhile investment for fans itching to see their assault continue or even fans of the overall style. 9/10

Written by Don Anelli

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