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Rebel Priest ' R’lyeh Heavy' Album Review By JD Rich

Rebel Priest

R’lyeh Heavy

Scrape Records

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Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio



Salutations! Once again, we’re taking a virtual trip up to The Great White North for a long-overdue review of Rebel Priest, a 3-prong hard rock attack from Vancouver. Through Scrape Records, it’s about time we get acquainted with their EP, R’lyeh Heavy.


Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will instantly recognize the reference to H.P. Lovecraft’s lost city where the Great Old One is dead...yet sleeping. For those of you unfamiliar with Cthulhu, I’m afraid my paltry summation will have to do. With that in mind, what does that have to do with the music of Rebel Priest? I can’t answer that without citing a boatload of Cthulhu interpretations, and recapping the entire story. Instead, I’m just going to focus on the kick-ass rock presented in a (roughly) 30-minute album. Trust me, that will save us all from a lot of confusion and possible cosmic insanity. And no, R’lyeh Heavy is not Doom or Death Metal. Instead, Rebel Priest pays homage to the gritty, raw approach of classic 70’s Metal. For example, the EP kicks off with an instrumental piece, “The Summoning,” drips of influences from Iron Maiden and maybe a bit of old school Judas Priest. “Electric Lady” also serves up some 70’s vibes, oozing with unrestricted playful libido that contributed to the moniker, “cock rock." 


Rebel Priest does play mix and match with other sub-genres of hard rock. They latch on to the essence of classic Punk on the track “Dead End World” and introduce more variety from beginning to end. Other tracks toy with a hybrid blend of Punk and Metal. Imagine if Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister provided vocals for The Ramones while pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar took over guitar duties. Now you’re getting the idea.​


I have to give credit where credit is due. The obvious devotion Rebel Priest pours into their music is an example of musical symbiosis at work. The band is tight, the production values amplify undeniable talent. Although some lyrics could be interpreted as shadowy of foreboding, there is no argument regarding the elation of working together towards the common goal. All three members - Jayme Black, Benny Kemp, and Nate Pole - equally share vocals, without eclipsing each other. Add to that the additional roles each take on: Black on bass, Kemp on guitar, and Pole on drums. Then there’s writing, arrangements, and the process of getting the world to take a listen. Many sacrifices were made, there is no question. The result is a persistent band that could rule the landscape in the corner of their chosen rock format. The key to opening Rebel Priest’s dimension lies in R’lyeh Heavy, available everywhere in this universe. Maybe others, I’m not sure because I don’t get out much lately.







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