Brazil’s REBAELLIUN are back with a new album. That alone is a reason to celebrate, because you have heard of them haven’t you? If you haven’t that’s your loss. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Rebaelliun is just a variation of the word rebellion in fact. We chose to write it in a different way to avoid other bands with the same name. We’ve created this name around 1996, there was no Internet at that time and for a Brazilian band it would be hard to do a search to know if there was another band with the same name, so we decided to write it in a way that no one could pick the same name. It means rebellion, it means not to accept the establishment, to go against what’s established in every sense, to live as free as you can. I don’t know if it even exists the ‘right’ name, this name for us is strong and it has a meaning, we feel good about it, so it probably is the right name for our band.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Slayer and Morbid Angel. Slayer started it all and Morbid Angel brought this genre to a more extreme sound. We have a lot of music heroes, and some of them are not even related to Metal but still have impact on what we are musically speaking. I can talk about me: Jimi Hendrix is a guitar hero, a music hero, he changed the way people saw the guitar back in the 60’s and everything he tested and used in his music still echo in Rock bands, Metal bands and probably in other genres as well. He lived his life all devoted to music and the guitar itself, he was really enthusiastic about art in general and he’s probably the most inspiring guitar player that lived among us.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Sure, slow parts, in any kind of music, have more time to breathe, to ‘happen’, and so the arrangements have to be more sophisticated, because they will have more room to appear in the context. Fast parts are interesting enough for being fast most of the time and sometimes they sound better being simple, because people can understand it better in a more straight way. I have studied orchestration for a few years and even in classical music, slow parts have this advantage to offer more room for more lines, more arrangements and so on.
You have made something of a comeback now. What was it that kept you away from the scene?
-I personally was never away from the scene. Rebaelliun split in 2002 for personal reasons. In 2003 I played with a Brazilian band called Horned God and I recorded an album with them, called Chaos, Bringer of All Revelations. It was released by Listenable Records, from France. In 2005 I started a new band called The Ordher, until 2010 we released two albums by American label Unique Leader, played quite a lot in Brazil and toured Europe in 2009 with Marduk and Vader. During this time I played with other bands as session member, produced several albums of Metal bands in Brazil, recorded as a guest with several bands too. I mean, I’ve been quite busy on last years working with music and Metal in general. And last year we just thought it would be cool to reunite with Rebaelliun, to record a new album, to tour again…
Everybody seems to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-Last album still sounds great for me. We had only 7 months to prepare this album, since the day we announced that Rebaelliun was back to the day I delivered the album to our label, Hammerheart. I produced the album, I wrote all the songs, recorded all the guys, mixed it, recorded all my parts, I mean, it was really stressful and I had the feeling that I would hate the album after it was ready. But it did not happen, a few days after it was mastered, I took a listen at home, alone, and I loved it. And I still have fun listening to it, I’m really proud of The Hell’s Decrees.
When you’ve been quiet for some time is it hard to reach out again to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Yes, nowadays we have Internet, which is a killer tool, but everybody have it, so there’s a lot of offers of new bands and new albums every fucking day, and people get confused with so many things going on. Fortunately we had some impact when we firstly existed – from 1998 to 2002 – and so there was a group of people waiting for this reunion, for a new album, for live shows. But of course there’s a lot of new people nowadays listening to Death Metal and somehow we have to reach this people: thru Internet, social medias, live shows and so on. I think we’re doing a good job, playing live as often as we can, releasing videos, being active thru social medias, etc.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A cover that has to do with the title of the album and the music of the album. But sometimes it can be a very simple cover too, this is really subjective. There’s no laws or rules when you talk about art, that’s my opinion.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for music in your country?
-No, we are not. Metal is not really popular in Brazil, but there’s a scene, people that play Metal, people that listen to Metal, etc. The Brazilian people in general like Brazilian music, which is samba, pagode and other Brazilian styles, some of them really rich musically speaking, most of them being total crap, comercial music for the masses. We’re underground.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-I think that making good music is the first step, it’s essential. I don’t understand too much about promotion, but I believe that you have to be honest to what you play, to what you believe artistically speaking. Then you find people that works with promotion (labels, press, etc.) and let them work, haha.
What does the future hold?
-We’re already writing new music for our fourth album, which must be recorded next year. We’re talking to some people to do an European tour on coming months. A live video clip is on the plans, since we’ve recorded a show here in Brazil with several cameras and all the audio in Pro Tools, we’re now picking the song to work on it. 2017 will be a busy year, that’s what I hope.