Self-proclaimed negative metal project REBEL WIZARD will reissue the infectious sounds of the Triumph Of Gloom full-length via Prosthetic Records this Friday, February 24th. Initially self-released, the Prosthetic edition includes previously unheard bonus track, “Defenders Of The Gloom.”
As a precursor to its official unveiling, today Decibel is streaming the reissue with the included bonus track in full. In trying to properly describe the record, REBEL WIZARD creator NKSV says, “Anarchic alchemical process of outsider energies respecting the power of traditional triumphant metal into a unique sound to smash out the coerced gloom and banality of our times…”
Hear Triumph Of Gloom at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, check out REBEL WIZARD‘s “Eat The Warlock” video, initially premiered at No Clean Singing, as well as the “Trampled By Wolves And Sheep” below.
Triumph Of Gloom will come available on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats. For preorders in North America, go to THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE. Desirers of the digitals can visit Bandcamp HERE, Amazon HERE, Apple Music HERE, iTunes HERE, and Google Play HERE.
In a recent review of the offering, Indy Metal Vault notes, “More than anything, Triumph Of Gloom is a guitar record. Filled to the brim with fist-pumping riffs and flashy leads, the energy scarcely lets up during the album’s almost too-brief thirty-four-minute run time,” further hailing a, “really enjoyable album that doesn’t sound like anything else out there right now.” No Clean Singing champions, “an electrifying, high-intensity collection of absolutely masterful riffs and scintillating lead guitar pyrotechnics, organized into songs that are powerfully addictive from the very first listen.” Altwire notes, “Triumph Of Gloom is a very fresh take on nihilism. While I said Mirrors For Psychic Warfare painted a lonely picture of a frozen and dead world, REBEL WIZARD‘s negative wizard metal sound goes in the opposite direction. This album is alive and chaotic, in a way that makes the listener feel so small in its universe. The chaos of this album was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.” MetalSucks writes, “There’s definitely a lot of black metal influence on Triumph Of Gloom – some arch-evil riffs, the hoarse shrieked vocals, a general rejection of existence – but there’s also a ton of power metal’s guitar wizardry, thrash’s kinetic bounce, and doom metal’s creepy atmosphere. ‘Eat The Warlock’ channels as much Holy Grail as it does Immortal, and ‘Sorcery’ sounds like it could come from an early Castlevania soundtrack. The result is pure metal that isn’t shoehorned into a niche, but instead combines awesome aspects of the genre’s many branches into something fun and different.” Adds Angry Metal Guy, “Sounding like the bastard child of the NWOBHM movement and the darkest, most cvltish underground thrashy black metal band, REBEL WIZARD is the real deal and Triumph Of Gloom is one of 2016’s most pleasantly unpleasant surprises.”
A creation from Australian musician NKSV, who’s most well-known for his work with the black metal/noise group Nekrasov, REBEL WIZARD‘s delivery is difficult to sum up with one simple label. While containing traces of black and thrash metal roots, with a touch of NWOBHM and the epicness of power metal, NKSV has coined the term “negative metal” to describe REBEL WIZARD‘s unique output. Negative metal, as defined by NKSV, is an, “anarchic alchemical process of outsider energies respecting the power of traditional triumphant metal into a unique sound to smash out the coerced gloom and banality of our times.” The term is not meant to be construed with the sense of depression or nihilism, but instead to focus on self-negation, a doing away of limiting one’s full potential by limiting oneself to a category or label. REBEL WIZARD seeks to destroy any hindrance of this sort with triumphant pounding fists.
Formed in 2012 by NKSV, REBEL WIZARD acts on instinct and has absorbed the emotional impact of over thirty years of listening to various metal genres to develop his inborn sound heard starting with the release of a self-titled demo in 2013 through five EPs in 2015, a mini-album, and most recent full-length album Triumph Of Gloom.