Released: 2009, Massacre Records
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
Germany's Rebellion, featuring former members of Grave Digger, sound eerily similar to the German legends. However, over the last decade Rebellion have secured themselves a spot next to Grave Digger in the lore of German Metal. ARISE... is the last piece of their epic trilogy chronicling the life and times of Vikings. Though the Viking Metal thing has grown a bit tired, Rebellion handle the enormous task of documenting a whole society quite thoroughly, avoiding, for the most part, some of the corny elements of the genre.
Always melodic and distinctive, the choruses are the highlight, sticking in your head and quite easy to sing along with. Songs like 'War', 'Bolverk' and even the epic 'Thor' are pure classic German Power Metal with their memorable choruses and euphonious riffs, brutal and classic all at once. Michael Seifert has the perfect Viking voice, making the whole fantasy even more believable with his growls and warrior like angst.
The album's premier track comes in the form of 'Ragnarok', a mighty epic tune, very emotive, and while it almost jumps the shark into schmaltzy land, like lets say a Gwar song, it manages to maintain its multitude of atmospheres, sad and violent, proud and scared. Let's not forget the mighty solos scattered all over the disc either. They're fast, never out of place, and enigmatic, and steeped in German Power Metal tradition.