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The Rebel Spell

The Rebel Spell: It's a Beautiful FutureIt's a Beautiful Future (2011)
Rebel Time

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I was oddly (and sadly) surprised when I was doing my usual rounds on punk news websites the other day and I found that the Rebel Spell was offering their latest album, It's a Beautiful Future (released in February) as a free download from their Bandcamp page. I think I was both disturbed and disapp.


I was oddly (and sadly) surprised when I was doing my usual rounds on punk news websites the other day and I found that the Rebel Spell was offering their latest album, It's a Beautiful Future (released in February) as a free download from their Bandcamp page. I think I was both disturbed and disappointed by this. I think it is just my perception of why they were doing it (which could be right or wrong). I just took it as a hint that it wasn't selling, so they were giving it away as an attempt to get it out there.

After mulling it over, I decided to take it upon myself to review the album and try to help promote the album, and do it with a sense of urgency that would try (but couldn't even come close) to be comparable to that of the Rebel Spell's music. By that I mean, the music makes you want to go out and do something, and do it now. Isn't that what the spirit of punk music is about? So I went back and listened to the band's back catalogue and found that that is the best way I can describe the energy of their music: urgent. It is unmatched by anything else I have ever heard. I was reminded of and even listened to Rise Against's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, which was written with the sense of urgency that the title implies. But even in a Bush-era political climate, they couldn't match the energy produced here by the Rebel Spell.

With all this talk of urgency I better get to the point: It's a Beautiful Future is 12 tracks of full-force political punk rock. A nice surprise is that they experiment with different instruments, with the introduction of "Uncontrollable" played on a violin, and it serves to keep the music fresh and exciting–not that I think that was a problem beforehand. While the album doesn't contain any filler in my opinion, standout tracks include "Beautiful Future", "Move of Movers", "Current Occupants" and "The World Turned Upside Down" (which is actually a slower-paced song, but still wields the same type of power as the other songs on the album).

On "All We Want", the lead singer cranks out "All we want is to be left alone." Well, I am quite sure that he did not mean that to be the case for this album, so do yourself a favour and give It's a Beautiful Future the "Beautiful Future" it deserves and give it a listen.

 

 
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Seamus13 (December 8, 2011)

Most IMPORTANT Punk album of 2011 / BEST Canadian Album of 2011 / BEST Punk Album of 2011 without a doubt!

and I would venture to say that in the not too distant future, will be recognized as one of if not the BEST Punk Albums of this generation!

A BRILLIANT MASTERPIECE!

RebelTimeRecords (December 8, 2011)

Thanks for reviewing this! We're the label that put this album out, along with the band and Fire and Flames Music (Germany).

The free download was a result of a 6 week Euro tour where the band handed out handbills so that people could freely download the album as copies ran out and the Euro version we're not yet pressed at the time. Since then, it has remained as a free download because, well, why not.

If anyone wants to order an actual copy of the digipak, head over to http://www.rebeltimerecords.com or http://www.therebelspell.com, for Europe, check out Fire and Flames Music.

LP version in the works...

Take care everyone!

P

timahelm (August 5, 2011)

Really awesome band! Great album!
Check out my interview with Todd, singer of the band:
http://weallfalldowncitr.tumblr.com/post/3546652136/todd-t he-rebel-spell-on-we-all-fall-down

Rich27 (July 26, 2011)

Excellent album, nice review, well done for promoting the band.

hayman (July 12, 2011)

Awesome! Listen to this album all the time. I've got it in the car right now.

i-like-food (July 12, 2011)

Band kicks ass. Super under appreciated

notfeelingcreative (July 12, 2011)

Love this band. Nice to see them get some coverage on punknews.

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