Rebel Wizard
Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
August 17th, 2018 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If ever oh ever a wiz there was...

Last month I read an interview featuring Australian based musician, Rebel Wizard. In it, Nekrasov, the man behind Rebel Wizard, waxed poetic about the horrors of modern life, including religion, TV, corporations, etc.--the usual masked black metal musician stuff. He discussed positivism and negativity within metal pretty heavily, saying that positive and negative "are not separate" but interact and live in the same space or something black metal like that. By definition this statement perplexes, but upon listening to Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response, the incongruity has begun to make sense.

After all, Rebel Wizard revels in negativity, using it to yield positive results. Metal as a whole has always been chained to such negative feelings as a way to lash out at societal norms and mores. As Nekrasov states, it's a way of "letting everything go," which feels a little trite when referencing black metal, a genre which has traditionally exploited emotional baggage for, well, their entire aesthetic. But when the NWOBHM riffs start soaring, it feels freeing. Sure, "The Prophecy Came and It Was Soaked With the Common Fools Forboding" is an absolute nasty cut of black metal, but "Drunk on the Wizdom of Unicorn Semen" is a playful master class in upbeat 80s thrash. It's the constantly bizarre juxtaposition of hatefulness and joy that Rebel Wizard toys with that makes Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response such a triumph.

The way Nekrasov is able to spin a black metal tune into equal parts frigid, fierce, and above all else, fun, is revelatory. To be more reductive, Rebel Wizard plays a 'black-n-roll' style of black metal with mild hints of NWOBHM and thrash, like if Kvelertak spread itself across Darkthrone's early and late eras. The blackened side is very blackened, with a grating production and painfully shrill vocals, all laid bare across an incredibly fast, breakneck pace. The more rocking side is a rollicking treat, with foot-tapping cadences and, again, a sincere feeling of positivism when the riffs reach their highest of highs.

The dichotomy present on Rebel Wizard's latest album is a constant source of excitement, eliciting a happiness born from hateful sounds. It's only a bit odd, because the bones of Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response feel very familiar, but the effortlessness of its delivery, however, puts Rebel Wizard in a class of its own.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 17th 2018


24217 Comments


Oh nice. I bookmarked this on my bandcamp yesterday, good to know it's gonna be worth checking out.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2018


1387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I honestly think that you’ll really like it. He’s a bit unknown around here despite having a reasonably healthy following elsewhere.

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Dewinged
August 17th 2018


11242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I checked the first track and it sounds great. Definitely getting into it.

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Essence
August 17th 2018


6233 Comments


will czech

edit: oof, can't do those vocals

BlackwaterPork
August 17th 2018


4248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this guy

Digging: mewithoutYou - [Untitled]

WatchItExplode
August 17th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

frenzied and feral...this is legit



that penultimate graph is as apt a description as humanly possible

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2018


1387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I get not liking the vocals. I like them because sometimes I can’t tell if he’s screaming his throat raw and it’s mixes far into the background, or if he’s whispering and it’s produced to sound much larger.

WatchItExplode
August 17th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't. He's got Blaze in the Northern Sky 5'd.

AdolfChrist
August 17th 2018


17414 Comments


This sounds like something id dig.

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WatchItExplode
August 17th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best naming scheme in the game right here

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2018


23788 Comments


pretty cool so far. haven't listened to much metal this year

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WatchItExplode
August 17th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm completely in love with this. It's my metal AOTY so far and there has been some pretty heavy competition up to this point.

pjquinones747
August 17th 2018


2607 Comments


Am very interested. Commenting so I remember to peak this later.

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WatchItExplode
August 17th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good. I'm getting irritated that no one is here talking about this with me.

Essence
August 17th 2018


6233 Comments


vocals actually fit darkthrone tho

and have nowhere near as much feedback

Dinosaur
August 17th 2018


1271 Comments


Nice, a review for this!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2018


7989 Comments


I liked his previous album (bookmarked for my yearly lists too), it's definitely among the notable albums of 2018.

Will check this one too.

Of late, Australia exports quality stuff only.

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WatchItExplode
August 18th 2018


5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the way it blends into the music John ralphio but I'll respect your opinion

SgtShock
August 18th 2018


791 Comments


"He discussed positivism and negativity within metal pretty heavily, saying that positive and negative "are not separate" but interact and live in the same space or something black metal like that"

I thought positivism was the philosophy that the objective truth can be observed. Are you sure you didn't mean positivity?

Essence
August 20th 2018


6233 Comments


yeee just not my jam, unfortunately, but the backing musicianship is lit



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