Rebaelliun have a level of in-built authenticity to them and The Hell’s Decrees is a form of Death Metal purity that few attain. These songs slay the opposition with ease, providing a precise assault of speed and brutality that is inspiring in its destructiveness.
Or, to put it another way; these are damn fine Death Metal songs.
The singer’s growls have a real rough quality to them, like he’s gargling stones while he makes the noises he does. With hook-laden vocal patterns and timely rhythms, his contribution to the songs is undeniable and helps make these songs as catchy as they are.
The rhythm guitars play all manner of tasty riffs, while the lead guitars have the type of solos you just want to listen to again and again.
The drumming is impressively relentless, whether it’s playing at hyper-speed or not, and while the bass is not super-audible its presence is certainly felt.
At only 30 minutes in length the entire album is easily digested and is like a shot of adrenaline. The compact, aggressive tracks make the most of their playing time and really are very well-written slabs of Death Metal. These are songs that may spend a lot of time being fast, but never forget the importance of song-based structures and dynamics. As such, The Hell’s Decrees is both catchy and memorable, making use of interesting riffs and absorbing vocal lines to make its mark.
Each of the songs has its own personality and the band have clearly taken their time with them, ensuring that they’re crafted to the highest standards. With the band’s experience in these matters, you would expect no less.
It’s really good to hear an album like this. Expertly played by veterans who clearly still have a fire for the music, Rebaelliun have created something special here. I just hope we don’t have to wait another 15 years for even more material.
Essential Death Metal.