Rebel Priest
Lesson in Love

Label: Batcave Records
Three similar bands: Motörhead/ZZ Top/Rose Tattoo

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Lesson In Love
2. Dïvebomber
3. Coatcheck Girl
4. Bonfire

Jayme Black - Vocals/Bass
Benny Kemp - Guitars/Vocals
Nate Pole - Drums/Vocals

Rebel Priest (2015)
Enabler (2017)
R’lyeh Heavy (2019)
Lost In Tokyo (EP 2021)


Produced by Rene Garcia and Rebel Priest
Mixed by Rene Garcia
Mastered by Rene Garcia
Album Artwork by Angela Grimuzza

Released 2022-06-24
Reviewed 2022-06-25

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Rebel Priest takes it upon us to give a lesson in love on their second EP in two years. The band have released three albums before this pair of EPs, the first was released in 2015. I read that they found the inspiration for the band name on a tombstone of a shaman, a person that was apparently both a priest and a rebel – I guess that isn’t an oxymoron after all. Of course we can read quotes from different media claiming excellence, celebrating the retro sound of the band. Well, retro fashion might be one thing but music? I find that mostly dull, so what about Rebel Priest? Are they an exception?

No, they make old style heavy rock in the sound of the seventies or early eighties, even the production sounds dated. The four tracks thankfully plays for a short time, and they are themed around the usual subjects like love and alcohol – it is about as creative as a lump of faeces, you make it but the creative effort can hardly be applauded. The singer is quite poor, or singers as they don’t list a lead vocalist in the press sheet. The creativity is null, and the quality is about average.

I often wonder why people are so appealed by the past, trying to emulate what was before and such. I guess the future is scary, but the past has already gone and the only thing certain about it is that it wasn’t the same as you imagine it was. Why not look at the present and the future instead? Maybe then something good might happen instead of us trying to migrate back to troglodyte status like we do these days. Just look at populist politicians, social media, racism, the continued destruction of our planet – all these problems were founded in the past and continues today because we are afraid to move forward and afraid of change. Like the music of Rebel Priest, it is a symptom of the human condition.

Guess it is easy to lose track when the music you are to write about contains nothing significant at all. I could just write generic retro rock, sounds like everything else. That is what it is, just another EP.