REBELHEAD - FIGHTBACK - WHIRLWIND
This band’s biography ranks right up there with some of the best and most aggrandizing ever. Never mind that the band describes itself as “Finnish redneck-metal” despite the real lack of sunshine in that country and a million other reasons, for the biography admits that the band’s sound is based on “plagiarizing” and moreover that the group “decided to start from the most important thing, the name of the band.” Unbelievably frank and funny.
Rebelhead, aside from a penchant for combing words in its name and titles, could easily be compared to the groovy metal of late Entombed. The shouted vocals, sporadic drumming, riff-oriented groove guitars and the song titles all indicate a massive Entombed influence. The other names permissible are Hatebreed (composite) and Black label Society (should have been Blacklabelsociety). Not my exact favourite type of metal by a long mile, but popular nonetheless. The band obviously needs a larger profile, but it can start its musical upswing by obtaining a more original sound, eliminating the dreaded backing vocals and working on incorporating a little more aggression of which songs like At The Point Of Death demonstrate the band is capable. - Ali “The Metallian”