Interview with Rebellion (July 20, 2005)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Rebellion -
The Band was founded by Uwe Lulis and me (Tomi Göttlich) in 2001. In 2002 we released Shakespeare’s Macbeth and hit the road supporting Running Wild on there German tour. In 2003 we released Born a Rebel and played a couple of festivals all over Europe . Sagas of Iceland is the third album of the band.

How has your new album been received by the media?
Rebellion -
It has been received very well, the critics say it is the best album of the band so far.

I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how would you describe your music to an outsider?
Rebellion -
It is old style Heavy Metal, played by old men (smile), who still believe in the Gods of their youth such as priest, Maiden etc... And we play it for the people who are glad that there are still some bands around that play that style of music.

Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
Rebellion -
I guess all the above mentioned bands have had a little influence on our music but there is no major influence I could name. The lyrics have been inspired by the ancient Norse sagas and a few other sources, such as Adam von Bremen’s history of the church.

What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
Rebellion -
Well since you have heard the album you should know (Maybe some our reader's haven't yet!), that it is a concept album about the Vikings; it is the first part of a trilogy dealing with the Vikings of Norway and Denmark .
(Maybe some our reader's haven't yet!)

Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end result?
Rebellion -
It was produced and mixed by Uwe Lulis and we are very satisfied with the results, if that was not so we would have done it differently.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Rebellion -
The Artwork has been done by Thomas Eberhart and we are very satisfied with it, I believe a good cover is very important, for it is the first thing a fan sees, when he looks at the album in the shop.

Do you have any touring plans?
Rebellion -
Yes, we will go on tour in the fall of this year, please check our homepage for details, the dates should be out in a couple of weeks.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?
Rebellion -
We are so far very satisfied with the work Massacre have done for the band.

The internet is a very important source for many music fans - how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Rebellion -
It is very important, for it helps each small band to address to fans worldwide but on the other hand downloads have really destroyed the market and have caused major financial losses especially for small bands.

How do you see the metal scene at the moment?
Rebellion -
It is where it should be: In the underground.

To finish things off - could you pls. make an all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
Rebellion - 

  • Rebellion: Sagas of Iceland (smile)
  • Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous
  • AC/DC: Highway to Hell
  • Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell
  • Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast

Thanks for your time.

Rebellion - Sagas Of Iceland (The History Of The Vikings, Volume 1)

Album out on Massacre Records.

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