First off, I read on your web site that guitarist
Ronaldo Lima has left the band. Has he been replaced? What is the current
REBAELLIUN line-up? Why did Ronaldo leave the band?
Ronaldo left REBAELLIUN
right after the last concert in Belgium on last March. He was not interested
in playing Death Metal anymore, so he made his choice. The current line-up
is: Marcello Marzari (vocals/bass), Fabiano Penna (guitars) and Sandro
Moreira (drums). We will keep the band like this, we will not get a new
guitarist for sure, new stuff was already recorded with this new line-up and
it's sounding much better.
"Burn the Promised Land" is
an intense fucking Death Metal album to say the least! What are some of your
influences? I also read on your website that Death Metal is no longer
popular in the Brazilian underground, is this true? I always thought that
Death Metal was huge in Brazil especially with the success of Sepultura and
their early LP's. Is the scene in Brazil becoming trendy?
We have a strong Death
Metal scene concerning bands in Brazil. Of course this is a very underground
style overhere as in any other countries, however we don't have so many good
publications supporting extreme music, as well as fans, it seems that the
most of the people involved with Death Metal overhere are playing in bands,
and this is not good... If you take a look in the 'Metal' scene in Brazil,
it's very trendy and commercial nowadays, I'm sure that in the past people
were more honest regarding the music. About our influences, basically Slayer
and Morbid Angel, they are the best in their style, we grew up listening to
this bands and since we started to play 10 years ago, we are influenced by
What does REBAELLIUN think
of the current state of the underground Metal scene? Have you had a lot of
support from fans globally? What are some bands and record labels that
REBAELLIUN support 100%?
I really think things are
much better than 5 years ago for example. I doubt if Death Metal will be
again so strong as it was in 90/91, but there are so many strong bands
nowadays improving this style in the right and extreme way that makes me
think we have now one of the best scenes ever... in other hand there's a lot
of bad and trendy bands and unserious labels fucking this scene as well...
bands like Angel Corpse, Vital Remains, Krisiun, Marduk, Abhorrence, Mental
Horror, Morbid Angel - gods!! -, Nephast, Centurian, Ophiolatry and others
make the scene strong and true. Fortunately we have received a lot of
support from fans all over the world, especially from
Europe where we already played 2 tours.
I noticed that Hammerheart
Records has released "Burn the Promised Land" on vinyl format. Was this your
idea or Hammerheart's? Do any members of REBAELLIUN listen to or collect any
This was an idea from the
label. Unfortunately "Burn the Promised Land" on LP sucks, the lay-out is a
big shit, with a lot of mistakes in the lyrics and name of the titles as
well... Marcello is still used to buy and listen to LP's.
There are some anti-Christian lyrics and symbols used
on your album, are REBAELLIUN meant to be perceived as a Satanist or
anti-Christian band? What do you think of Christianity and it's influence on
REBAELLIUN is an
anti-Christian band. Christianity goes against the freedom and honour of the
men, and these are two of the most important principles in our life.
Christianity is just responsible for hundreds of crimes against humanity,
their empire is even more rich and stronger than on the last centuries.
They're not doing this for their god or Jesus Christ, they do for the money
and for the domain.
What are your opinions on the Black Metal scene past
and present? Do you think that bands like Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth
deserve all the attention they receive?
Personally I don't like the
music played by both the bands. They are on the biggest magazines and they
sell very well, however the most of the underground fans we have met in
Europe don't support them as well... I think that Black Metal scene nowadays
is full of theatre and trendy bands. For me one of the best Black Metal
bands in the present scene is Marduk, they play extreme and fast and they
don't care about what's selling better nowadays, like keyboards or female
vocals. And about the scene on the past, Venom are kings.
What countries have you guys toured so far with "Burn
the Promised Land"? Where do you think the Death Metal scene is strongest?
Any killer party stories you would like to share? Or disaster stories for
Last tour between January
and March REBAELLIUN played gigs in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Holland.
In Belgium fans are more into the extreme and brutal Death Metal,
but we had a very good response also in some cities in Germany, like Berlin.
Next tour in June we will play in 14 European countries, we've heard people
from the East part of the continent, like
and Slovenia, are killer, let's see...
What can be expected from
REBAELLIUN in the year 2000?
More Deathly Metal I hope!
In June we are returning to Europe for the second part of "Burning Europe -
The Promised Tour 2000". We have 30 gigs over there beside Vader, Vital
Remains, Fleshcrawl and Pandemia, including a festival with mighty Cannibal
Corpse. On this tour
we will be promoting
our new Mini-CD/EP "Bringer of War", recorded on last March in Brazil. After
the tour REBAELLIUN must play a few shows in Brazil and we will start to
compose the stuff for the second album. This album will be recorded next
year in Europe and will be the most important step for REBAELLIUN, we have
been developing our style since 98 and we believe that the second album will
finally show people our real potential to play Death Metal.
From reading some of your statements you have made on
your website I can tell that you guys are enjoying what you do and are in
this for the long haul (or about a year longer ;) - Dale). Cheers to that
and I hope things go well for REBAELLIUN in the future. Please feel free to
write any closing comments to the Canadian Assault readers and thanks for
this interview! Hails!!
Playing in REBAELLIUN is
our life. We are dedicating all our time for that, this is a very hard way,
but this was our choice and we will always do our best to keep on this way.
In the next year we must play an U.S. Tour, we just hope to receive some
offers to play in Canada as well to spawn the rebellion. Thanks for the
interview and for the support.
REBAELLIUN, C.P. 946, CEP
90001-970 POA/RS, BRAZIL