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5.0 out of 5 stars Come, come let's join the orgy; decay and wine, sodomy all the way; no rest for the holy, forbidden fruit is always best..., 1 Jun 2011
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rebel Extravaganza/Intermezzo Vol.2: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
This page needs a decent review of this album so I will attempt one:

For traditionalist Black metal fans and those into atmosphere, keyboards and forests this was a big disappointment. This has a far more 'industrial' sound and feel to it. But for the broader minded this is an excellent (blackish) metal release. It was seen as a milestone at the time, making it high in Metal Hammer's list of the best extreme metal albums and acknowledged by many at the time as technically the best Satyricon release. It takes a bit of listening to separate out the elements and decipher some of the lyrics but that is because it has a very consistent sound. However there is plenty of variety and speed changes complete with instrumentals and with complex and stunning guitar and drum work. The lyrics are the most complex and rewarding of any Satyricon album and treat diverse themes including religion (I would even describe them as poetic and they are excellent just to read on their own). For me this beats Nemesis Divina although the sound is very far removed from that album and a very different direction again was taken with Volcano (which I also love but which is slower, clearer, simpler and more radio friendly). So this really is a unique album and everyone should at least listen to it for that reason alone.

The bonus tracks (the Intermezzo EP) are hardly indispensible but as this is a similar price to the regular edition they are worth having for Satyricon fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more than well worth!, 15 Nov 2013
This review is from: Rebel Extravaganza/Intermezzo Vol.2: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
This album maybe is not deserving the credits it should... Satyricon is ever-developing and comparing albums in this case doesn't feel right somehow.
Rebel Extravaganza does have songs that match any of Satyricon's "classics" but it is rather different from what they did later and even before.
Tracks like "Filthgrinder" and "Havoc Vulture" are intense with power, energy and rage and since the release in 2000 or so, these songs still blow me away.
The opening and closing tracks are very strong and I find "prime evil renaissance" oddly relaxing, whilst a song as "A moment of Clarity" is somewhat like a hidden gem!

Musically, I don't think their skills have never been questioned. The chaos of instruments is carefully set up and actually well balanced in my opinion. If anything, the instrumental intermezzos between some of the songs are arguably unnecessary but they do link the tracks together. It may take some listening but Satyricon knows what they are doing and how to deliver it!

Even without getting the "intermezzo Vol 2 bonus tracks" in addition, one should not really need to think whether to get this masterpiece. My advice though is to make a bit of an effort not just getting "into" the songs but into the whole album experience and I truly believe "Rebel..." will leave an ever-lasting impact.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Album, 22 Dec 2009
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Peter T (london, London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rebel Extravaganza/Intermezzo Vol.2: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
I just came across the other review and decided to add some balance. While I haven't listened to this album for a while I thought it was a decent effort, with a bit of a punk feel to the black metal. No match for Volcano or the follow up though.
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