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REBEL SPIES – ‘Rise’ Album Review


Rebel SpiesDetroit’s Rebel Spies feature members of Suicide Machines, Hellmouth, Fordirelifesake, Telegraph and Hifi Handgrenades! Their new album, Rise begins with That Mask where the band display a raw sound full of grit and graft. The song powers along at a fast pace with meaty hooks and a vocal that verges on a metal sound. On Sorry About The Mess the band continue to belt out the hooks and the melody with some ‘punch the air’ sections.

The eleven-song album continues with We Must Be Cautious and there is no respite as the drums power the track along whereas A Domain Of Evil (Chapter One) marries some backing vocals with the lead to produce an accessible and, for me, super song!

Rebel Spies are difficult to pin down as they marry some chunky punk rock noise with melody as they do on A Certain Point Of View and the Detroit MC5 DNA is evident throughout with some monster riffs. On See You In Hell the chunky guitar riff and bass run launch a head-banger of a track that provides a brief respite from the fast pace with tuneful vocals.

There’s Nothing Left For Me Now develops from an extended drum roll into a hardcore rocker and No follows with a dirty as hell riff, megaphone style vocals and mosh-pit friendly beat. The pace is upped on What Have I Done? With its Black Flag vibe and Fire When Ready keeps up the rate of knots.

The album ends with Not Dead, Not Yet where a bass guitar intro is joined by an almost ska beat as the band conclude this package in style. It’s a very strong album indeed with a unique sound and is full of punk rock energy.

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