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Rebel - Stargazer Award winner

by Jordan Rogers at 30 December 2020, 9:07 PM

This album is coming at you directly out of a different time. So, strap into your DeLoreans, we are going back to the time of 1982. This is the year that REBEL released this album out into the universe. “Stargazer” is sure to bring back some memories with the sounds that you will hear throughout the album. Bringing back the squealing guitars, the drawn out vocals and an all-around old time sound that we all need to go back to from time to time. Maybe to reminisce of when times were simpler, or just to channel that younger inner rebel back to the surface. Whatever reason you have for listening to the oldies, you need to find one to listen to this album, which has been released on CD and other forms of media here recently, so it should be easy for you to find.

Now let’s get into some music… “Stargazer” the title song of the album starts things off in a very positive way. Drums and snares with a fast paced melody of rock to lead into the fast paced and choppy 80’s style vocals. This song was enough to take me back to listening to old rock with my Dad in the mountains back when I was a child. Nostalgia in music in the best of ways. Continuing on to the next addition in the album we have “Iron Horse” which continues keeping up the fast pace, but has a completely different tone than the previous song. Upbeat tempo, some keyboard, heavy guitar solo, everything needed in order for it to equate to a masterpiece of music from its time. If reading about it isn’t convincing you to listen to it, just go give it a shot, if you want to continue reading instead of listening to awesome music, well then there's a little bit more of this review left…

“Hold Your Head Up” could be just the song that you need to pull through the last hour of that Monday or Friday Shift. Something that could elevate the mood and relax the mind, much like the melodies and message of this song did for me. There is an overall very happy and upbeat tone to this song and you can definitely tell that the artist was trying to promote happy thoughts within it. By getting lost in the message, this song was able to help me remember that I am doing the right things for me. And if your music doesn’t make you feel, why are you even listening?

In the end, this is a great album from the past. If you are into older rock and need someone new to listen to, REBEL will not disappoint.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Stargazer
2. Broadway Nights
3. Give It All You Got
4. Iron Horse
5. Surrender
6. Innocent And Wild
7. Hold Your Head Up
8. Wings Of Fire
John Lawton - Vocals
Tommy Clauss - Guitar
Peter Weber - Bass
Albert Stübler - Keyboard
Peter Garratoni - Drums
Record Label: Metalapolis Records


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