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Rebellious Spirit – Obsession (Steamhammer/SPV)


Much has happened to Rebellious Spirit since their debut Gamble Shot. If you have not listened to that album, pick it up because it is badass! It’s a little Poisonesque and very Sunset Strip, but the rawness is real and the band has followed the rock and roll rebellion guidelines to a tee while incorporating their own flavor into the fold.

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With Obsession, the band takes things to the next step, and I’m not sure that is the best direction to take. With some events, the band grew and matured in ways that only large-scale touring could offer. A stint with Axl Rudi Pehl and some various exercises in growing up fast, Obsession takes all of that into consideration. The album’s production is not only slick as snot, but each song pretends to be the most epic moment in the universe where every instance reaches as high as it can. The album feels over-accentuated. The songs feel over acted.

The title track has this dramatic cinematic build up that turns into a lethargic version of Faith No More and My Chemical Romance all wrapped into one. A song like “Silent Scream” seems more appropriate for this band, like driving a brand new Ferrari down Hollywood Blvd. Everything on this song is as you would expect a hair band who was heavily influenced on classic hair bands to sound like.

We lose a bit of flair and realness that the debut gave us. We now have a lot of songs about realization. “Lost,” “Together,” and “In My Dreams.” These are very personal songs. Is it a sense of redemption? Possibly.

The direction this band took is very easy on the rock fan’s ears. Obsession just does not come out as memorable as Gamble Shot did because it is trying too hard to be memorable. My tastes will continue to gravitate to the debut, but if you like your rock sound to be overtly dramatic and climaxing around every single turn then you will be into Obsession.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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