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Heavy Metal Rebellion

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Heavy Metal Rebellion is a two-disc set from Gun celebrating the German metal label's first ten years. It includes material from Accept, Grave Digger, Rage, Running Wild, Kreator, Sodom, and Onkel Tom AngelRipper, among others, and features a bonus disc with live and/or rare material from the same groups. It's a pretty entertaining collection, kicking off with a grinding live version of Accept's "Balls to the Wall." From there you move through the bombastic power metal of Grave Digger and "Independence Day," ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkshneider's rewrite of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." Later, Kreator and Hate Squad turn in some grinding thrash; the latter's "Not My God" is a particularly punishing number, driven forward by a relentlessly chugging guitar and exploding drum fills. Best might be the final two tracks, both from Sodom bassist/vocalist AngelRipper under his alias Onkel Tom AngelRipper. "Delirium" is a ripping Motörhead-style rocker, while the final track is a medley featuring "Bier Her," which translates in any language to a rousing, bleary-eyed drinking song. Of disc two's rare material, the standout track is Rage's martial cover of Metallica's "Motorbreath," recorded live and previously unreleased. Heavy Metal Rebellion certainly has a few weak spots, and doesn't flow as well as it could, since some of its material is rather one-dimensional. However, fans of the genre should enjoy the bonus tracks and be able to overlook the set's slight imperfections.

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