TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Fabiano Penna of Rebaelliun was done in July/August 2001 by Noorwan Ariff Noordin who is the editor of Thanatopsis Zine and is published with his kind permission.
Rabaelliun are, in my opinion, one of the best Death Metal bands
from the underground. From their roots in the Brazilian slums to
Europe and the underground scene by storm, they have come forward with
of the most brutal musick ever. I had a little chat with Fabiano Penna
Rabaelliun before the recording of their next album, Annihilation. I
album is out by the time you read this, go get it and be brutalized!!!
Hail Fabiano! How are you today?
Everything is OK, REBAELLIUN is gonna unleash a new album soon and I
cannot wait to see the album out.
Why did Marcello + Ronaldo leave the band, and why did Ronaldo came
REBAELLIUN again? How did their departures affect the band? Who's taken
their place? Do you feel that the 'new' line-up is more stable +
than the last? Why is the band not called Rebellion?
Ronaldo left REBAELLIUN last year for personal problems, his mother
sick and he couldn't dedicate himself to REBAELLIUN. He came back
were looking for a second guitarist when the band was a trio, and since
was in a better moment, we all thought it was the time to have him
Marcello left 'cause he wanted time to dedicate for tattoos, he's a
artist now. Of course it was not easy when both left REBAELLIUN, we
shows and some oportunities with that, but the new line-up is by far
best one, and so in the end all those problems at least made REBAELLIUN
stronger than before... the new bassist/vocalist, Lohy Fabiano, is an
friend of us, he actually was the frontman of our old band, before
REBAELLIUN. About the name, we chose this different spelling to avoid
bands with the same name.
Tell us about the new album. Why was it recorded in Germany and not in
native Brazil like "Burn..."? When will it be released? Tell us about
songs on the new album. Will there be a tour for the album?
Our new album is called "Annihilation", and it's gonna be released in
September. It was recorded in Germany 'cause it's much easier and
than recording in Brazil, some German studios, as well as other studios
Europe and North America, have a kind of tradition recording Metal
and in Brazil we still don't have this. About the songs in the album, I
can tell you they are sounding even faster and more extreme than songs
"Burn the Promised Land" or "Bringer of War", and the musicianship was
really improved till "Annihilation". And a tour will follow for sure,
Europe and in North America as well, it will happen as soon as
Looking through the lyrics in "Burn...", you seem to be really
anti-Christian. I know Brazil is a Christian country, were you
Chirstianity in some way?
We are an anti-Christian band, and this is part of our philosophy
well. However this is not the main point in REBAELLIUN lyrics, we write
against Christianity and the religions for all the fallacy they
for all the weakness they preach. Their philosophy is against nature,
against natural human instinct, and for centuries they have tried to
human evolution. What more can I say?
'...and the Immortals...' is my favourite track on "Burn...". How did
come up with those killer riffs? Who writes those really incredible
Was 'Flagellation of Christ' put on the album to slow things down a
What/Where is 'the
'... and the Immortals Shall Rise' is our oldest track, it was
written when we were playing in our old band, Blessed, around
riffs just come when we are playing at home, when you spend a lot of
practicing the guitar, it's much easier to create music, 'cause you are
'opened' for it. About the lyrics, in the new album most of them are
by me, Ronaldo also writes and now Lohy Fabiano, the new
is writing some lyrics as well. 'Flagellation of Christ' was an old
really wanted to write an instrumental song, and I personally think it
very dark and powerful atmosphere. And about the 'promised land', it
represents the 'perfect society', the perfect idea about mankind which
created by the christians and which will never exist.
You told me the band is relocating to Sao Paulo. Why is this? Is it
you got a lot money now or there is a better scene in SP? How is the
in your place and Brazil in general? Tell us about a typical REBAELLIUN
REBAELLIUN getting a lot of money? Is this a joke? We still cannot
by our music, we don't work in daily jobs but sometimes we have to work
a few weeks in 'black' jobs to make some money to survive. In the
time we just make money to keep the band existing, and that's it. We
around 3 months in Sao Paulo playing some shows and doing interviews,
promoting REBAELLIUN... now we are back to our area, which is in the
south of Brazil.
Death Metal scene is much better in Sao Paulo, but to live there you
more money. In our area the scene is much worse, however we have some
bands overhere, such as Nephasth and Abominattion. About a REBAELLIUN
I can tell you it's a powerful and strong show, we don't go on stage
play the instruments, that is the best moment in a band, so we just try
be the best we can be in every performance.
I'm sure by now you've played loads of gigs in Europe. How was the
reactions? Have you done any gigs in Brazil? Do you feel that
more accepted in Europe/Worldwide than in Brazil?
We started our career in Europe, talking about REBAELLIUN... the
reaction has been great, we know that we still have a lot to learn and
to improve as musicians to make REBAELLIUN bigger and more known in the
Death Metal scene, but we are on the right way. This year we played
gigs in Brazil, we played some concerts with Incantation in their
Tour and a few gigs like headliners. The response has been pretty good,
of the people know our music and the albums, we just have to keep this
work to get more fans and to make our music more known in the Death
Do you play football at all? I know this is quite old, but, what was
reaction to Brazil's humiliating defeat in France '98? Do you feel they
win the next world cup?
We still have the best football in the world, the problem is that
there's a kind of mafia behind the big teams and most famous players in
Brazil, and so the Brazilian team doesn't work out, they are there for
money and that's it. I really enjoy watching and playing football, but
haven't played too much nowadays, I spend most of my time with
Why the hell did you guys go to Belgium 1st instead of Germany/Other
European country to promote the band? How did the deal with Hammerheart
along? Do you feel Brazilian bands like Sepultura/Sarcofago/Krisiun
the way for REBAELLIUN? Tell us about these bands, are
you all friends?
We went to Belgium 'cause at that time it was the cheapest place to
Germany would be too expensive. However we got a great response in that
country and we can say that Belgium is our 'home' in Europe, we know
the people involved with the extreme scene overthere, most of the bands
pubs... about Hammerheart, they were one of the labels interested in
REBAELLIUN between '98/'99, we were in Europe with a promo-tape and so
just sent this stuff to several record labels, some of them got in
and so we started to deal with them. Hammerheart did the best offer and
have supported REBAELLIUN pretty well on the last years, 3 years ago
knew REBAELLIUN and nowadays the band is very known in the extreme
the label has worked well. Regarding the results we have got on last
of course it was not easy, we have worked fucking hard since then, and
of choices were done, you just cannot have everything you want at the
time, right now we are really focused in REBAELLIUN, and so we just
have other things... but this is what we like and so we are satisfied
the conditions, and we really believe REBAELLIUN still have a lot to do
will really grow a lot on coming years. About the other Brazilian
know the guys of Krisiun since their beginning, they are great.
really did a lot in the past and they kinda 'opened the doors' for the
Brazilian Metal scene in Europe and U.S. , this is what I think.
What kind of guitar do you have and how many? How about effects? What
you use? What would be the perfect guitar for you? Do REBAELLIUN
I have a Jackson Randy Rhoads model, with Duncan Design pick-ups.
is my personal guitar, Ronaldo's personal guitar is the same model with
same pick-ups. And we have one more guitar for the shows, it's an
model, very common guitar, but a good one. For effects, right now I'm
using the distortion from the amp, in the rehearsals I use a Marshall
Valvestate Combo, and with not a lot of distortion... for the leads I
Jackhammer pedal, it's not that sound, but it gives me more gain and
OK. Of course this is not the perfect set, I will keep playing my Randy
Rhoads, I will probably change the pick-ups and the bridge soon, and
effects, I wanna buy a Marshall JPM-1 for distortion and maybe some
effects for reverb and chorus. About the tuning, we always used
down, in all the albums. But after recording "Annihialtion" we changed
and a half steps down, it sounds like a 7-string guitar, without the
You go into a record store to buy a CD. Which kind of CD would you
most interesting cover, the one recommended by the shop or the one
highest reviews in mags? What type of music do you listen to now? Do
still buy cassettes nowadays?
I just buy some CD when I already know the music, I'm very critical
about music and so I don't listen to any crap around. And I do not buy
cassetes anymore, they sound fucking bad... about the music I have
to nowadays, some Death Metal bands such as Nile, Angelcorpse,
Behemoth and Nephasth, some old-school Metal bands such as Slayer,
Angel, Judas Priest, guitarists like Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen and
Becker, classical music, fusion, jazz, etc.
I'm sure you've done plenty of interviews now. What is the most boring
question that they always ask? What would be a shocking question to
a scale of 1 (boring) to 10 (excellent) how would you rate this
Most of the questions are the same for all the interviews and so
become boring in the end, but there's nothing to do, you just have to
them 'cause they exist to promote the band and to show to the people
are your thoughts about your own project. I think this interview is a
one, but I cannot rate it, it wouldn't make any sense...
Tell us about Renegade Studio. Do they give you free tattoos for
them? How many tattoos do you have? What was the most painful? How
Yes, the owner is a great friend of us, he gives us free tattoos
is the designer of our home-page - www.rebaelliun.com - and he also
the layout of "Annihilation". I have around 10 tattoos, I had some
before, but not anymore.
Thanx for your time and patience...
Thank you for the interview and support. "Annihilation" is coming
September, and our first World Tour is already happenning with the
shows. Europe and North America will soon see REBAELLIUN, so we just
meet you all on tour.
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