Rebel Rampage live their music true to their name, least you can say. Their 2018 record Divided We Fall bemoans the perceived wrongs that befell modern society in the US. And I daresay, they for sure find loads of ammunition during these times of confused and embarrassing chaos coming from the centers of power in Washington.
Of course, this kind of theme is nothing new. Specifically the punk scene famously performed that feat, up to their very own self-destruction for some back in their heydey.
It is not politics that piqued my interest in Rebel Rampage, though. The band embed their rebel yells into a pretty juicy mix of Heavy and Punk Rock with some stout grunge and garage flavor added into the mix. And looking at the ‘who’s who’ of recording, mixing and mastering on Divided We Fall, the outcome is not necessarily a surprise.
Thus, we had the RMR deck crew enjoy this funky mix between remnants of old-style Nirvana, the roughness of All Else Fails, lackadaisical Last Bullet and straight post-punk of the likes of Infected Syren. All of that served on a platter of scratchy, almost grouchy defiance.
In fact, this record forms part of the emergence of a new-ish rock style that is not metal, not Hard Rock, but heavy enough to please even metal laden ears. What sets Rebel Rampage apart, though, is this refreshing variation from track to track in a style that usually grows stale fast.
Albeit that the band still need to define their niche better, to really set them apart from the pack. A lot of what they present, we kinda heard before in some way or form. And that is a pity.
As far as the tracks go, things look pretty good. Apart from the the dud in pole position, all of the tracks certainly have a lot of merit and none of them is bad. I particularly enjoyed the cover of Immigration Man of Crosby & Nash. That’s new passion on an old record right there, and – of course – fully aligned to their theme. And I Am The Power with Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara) is particularly noteworthy, whose Halestorm-esque belting really sits well with the overall direction of the album.
If you like a meaty crunch of Heavy Rock on a foundation of punk-infused rebellion, then Divided We Fall should certainly live in your music collection. We surely enjoyed delving into this decidedly juicy slab of rock. Even if not everything is yet perfect. But then, nobody expected that.
Label: 928102 Records DK2 | Web: Official Site