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THE REBEL WHEEL

Crossover Prog • Canada


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THE REBEL WHEEL is a modern progressive-rock band, coming from Ottawa Ontario. Influences lead its music style towards the deep, general or great promises of art rock and heavy prog music, whether that stands for enjoying the range of GENTLE GIANT, RUSH and, more mildly, GENESIS, or manages to go even further and to appreciate very much the innovating accent left by Frank ZAPPA, the passion of fusion and virtuosity (EARTHWORKS, THE ELECTRIC BAND) or, actually, feeling a deep homage for the great artist John MCLAUGHLIN. As influences are always a head start, the band itself will prove many original, independent, rigorous or interesting sounds, in what is music of hard rock, experimental small tacts, fruitful composition and resisting characters. An act of prog joy, moreover, since the music is meant to impress and to impose in front of its tendency (which is between artistic and alternative) and its slow-motion (which can create some vague values).

The history of the band is a bit more complicated and evolved a lot, going through three main phases. The main figure is guitarist David Campbell, playing rock and fusion starting 1991, when asked to collaborate with a band from Toronto called "Larry Stanley and the Family Jewels" (later "The Jewels"). The band is pretty interesting if you care for some multi-instrumental improvisations and arrangements, as well as a sense of variety in songs and streams. Popular as to appear in various shows and side projects, the group also played enough to confidently create a bigger style.

Coming with the idea of a new band, named "The Rebel Wheel Broadcasts", the "Jewels" original ensemble went on playing with even more pleasure, dedication and fray during the next years, until the jams and the long-distance gigs became a problem and paced much of the activity. D. Campbell decided then on another new rock and art orientation and started working immediately after with bassist Pelle Vadim, who is the second core member of THE REBEL WHEEL. Saxophonist and midi-player Christopher Plock, already having collaborated with D. Campbell, drummer Cab Lind and Nils Bell, on keyboards, made the line-up of that moment full. They recorded, in 2003, the debut album, but went in hiatus, once their support for gigs and occasional recordings became fragile, yet again.

Finally, D. Campbell formed a third ensemble under the authentic name of REBEL WHEEL, after having starting a smaller and later unhopeful prog band with C...
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2.05 | 2 ratings
The Rebel Wheel
2003
3.91 | 15 ratings
Diagramma
2007
3.93 | 17 ratings
We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks
2010
3.64 | 11 ratings
Whore's Breakfast
2013

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 The Rebel Wheel by REBEL WHEEL, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.05 | 2 ratings

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The Rebel Wheel
The Rebel Wheel Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Multi-instrumentalist and composer David Campbell is the main figure behind this Canadian act.He was part of a couple of jam bands of the Toronto area during the 90's, when he decided to form his own midi-based Fusion ensemble alongside bassist Pelle Vadim.Thus The Rebel Wheel were born and Campbell recruited sax player Christopher Plock, drummer Cab Lind and keyboardist Nils Bell in a line-up where midi technology met the sound of natural instruments.The band released a self-produced album in 2004 carrying the name of the band as a title.

From the first tracks the aim of the group to combine modern technology with physical instrumentation and influences from Prog Rock and Jazz are more than clear.The 9-min. opener ''1oz'' sounds like the dark side of KING CRIMSON visiting the Latin roots of AL DI MEOLA and the experimentation of HERMETIC SCIENCE, offering smooth acoustic textures and powerful grooves.Next come three short instrumental tracks, where the gears are up and running over a Fusion enviroment filled with changing tempos and atmospheres, delivering echoes from KING CRIMSON, BILL BRUDFORD and RUSH in an amalgam of jazzy, rhythmic and heavier explorations.The ideas are pretty nice and the complexity of the compositions is good enough, but the mass of digital sounds, especially the drumming, is rather disturbing.The last track, ''Crystal rain suite'', is the most ambitious attempt by Campbell to offer contemporary music with old-school roots.Clocking at 28 minutes, this is a piece largely based on keyboards, sampled effects and ambiences with a deep, experimental edge and often a bizarre, almost chaotic atmosphere.The opening minutes sound like a more modern version of PINK FLOYD with vocals, orchestral segments and mellow guitars in evidence, before an explosion towards a Heavy/Fusion style occurs, based on angular electric guitars and layered synthesizers.Again KING CRIMSON and RUSH are good references at this point.A cinematic orchestration at the middle will open the doors for a Jazz/Fusion orgasm of synths, samplers and jazzy guitars, an acoustic part with Campbell vocals in evidence and a finale featuring more or less the atmosphere of the opening section.

Definitely the least known work of The Rebel Wheel, a deep trip into a Fusion world with progressive flashes from past and present and plenty of synthetic vibes.Not very cohesive as a whole, this will please fans of the jazzier and more experimental side of Progressive Rock...2.5 stars.

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 We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks by REBEL WHEEL, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.93 | 17 ratings

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We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks
The Rebel Wheel Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars My first experience with the Canadian band THE REBEL WHEEL is their 3rd album WE ARE IN THE TIME OF EVIL CLOCKS. This is a truly eclectic progressive rock band with a whole host of influences ranging from the eclectic prog champions King Crimson to the spaciness of Pink Floyd and the wild time signatures of classic Yes. There is metal guitar, funky fuzzed out beefy bass lines and jazz-fusion saxophone and keyboard riffs. There are folk passages between highly energetic and heavy ones. There are both male and female vocals trading off when the mood of the piece demands it. In short this is one mighty beast of an album that tackles the ever so occult themes such as clocks turning to the dark side and even worse, witchcraft.

The majority of the album is filled by nice tastily composed instrumental jam sessions with vocal segments punctuating the often time consuming musical workouts. All is timed fairly well to keep your interest and the variety between the songs is surprisingly diverse. The first five tracks are very well constructed displaying their eclectic nature with gusto with titles like "Scales Of The Ebony Fish" and "Settling Of Bones." All tracks are melodic and have well thought-out developments and progressions. The highlight of this album though is by far the 5-star masterpiece of the album, the 30 minute plus 7-part epic "The Discovery Of Witchcraft." This track truly satisfies the progressive itch like few others do. It has heavy dramatic parts followed by folky atmospheric ones followed by incredible progressive workouts only to come back to a more subtly quiet passage. It cleverly ratchets up the energy and mood building crescendos until a satisfying climax is achieved. It is then ushered out with the ambient finale "Evil Clocks" which adds a terrifying layer of weirdness that makes you wonder how evil the clocks really are and if they are really as sinister and nefarious as THE REBEL WHEEL implies.

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 We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks by REBEL WHEEL, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Third time's the charm for this Canadian outfit, with a CD as dark in mood and atmosphere as the title implies. Aptly named indeed, although witchcraft and not clocks is the dominating theme.

Clocking in at just under 28 minutes, the brooding, ominous suite The Discovery of Witchcraft" makes up almost half the playtime here, featuring eclectic pieces with a distinct heavy psychedelic sound spiced up with jazzy touches and a calmer, folk-tinged theme in the shape of Hags parts 1-3 nicely connecting the different pieces.

The dark and eclectic is very much at play elsewhere on this disc as well, from the non-melodic ominous soundscapes opening and closing the album - the former evolving into more of regular composition and the latter staying put with the dystopian textures - while the tracks Klak through Settling of Bones explore a dark, often heavy and always eclectic and varied musical landscape. For references think King Crimson, at least in approach. The overall sound has so much of a personality that for me no references really stand out.

A challenging, dark and adventurous production, that should appeal to those who prefer to emphasize the progressive part of the genre name progressive rock.

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 Diagramma by REBEL WHEEL, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 15 ratings

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The Rebel Wheel Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars This sophomore release by Canadian outfit The Rebel Wheel is an adventurous affair, a good release but also one that will only appeal to an eclectic audience.

What's unique with this CD isn't the influences from all over; but how these influences are showcased. Classic symphonic rock, dissonant and disharmonic experimental rock slightly similar to King Crimson, harder riff based rock similar to Rush, fusion and industrial rock are all styles of music represented on this release. But rather than having an amalgam of these influences, The Rebel Wheel mostly choose to showcase the elements individually; either by concentrating one of these influences in one particular composition, or by conveying them one after the other in the individual segments of each tune.

This is especially true of the long title track Diagramma, a composition more or less consisting of various parts in different styles put together as a whole. This approach is the major asset as well as the major weakness of this release. The adventurous listener will enjoy this mix, while the more conservative listener will yearn for something a bit more consistant where there's more of a stereotypical evolvement of a tune from start to finish.

All in all a promising album, and it'll be fun to see where this band are heading for their next release.

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 Diagramma by REBEL WHEEL, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 15 ratings

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The Rebel Wheel Crossover Prog

Review by pots

4 stars Well here is a fresh new band from Ottawa,Canada with their new cd DIAGRAMMA who will be one of the top 10 for 2007. I love it=good quality-nice recording-good voices-nice guitars-powerful bass-excellent drums -short tracks-long tracks instrumental pieces ect... It have everything for everyone.Some Zappa-Yes-Genesis-Gentle Giant-Rush-Pink Floyd But they have their own style it's not a clone of the great bands that I mentionned earlier it's new and fresh not a copy of another prog band.Just listen to the title track Diagramma a 20 min masterpiece (that track alone worth the price of the cd) Threads a nice Rush & Pink Floyd song - Three Valley Gap a beautiful instrumental la Genesis & Yes Tempra a great jazz-fusion piece - Hiding in Waiting a nice prog commercial song - Arachnophobia a superb instrumental track with a hint of Gentle Giant (my favorite of the album) - Awakened a good prog rock song with few turnovers.You cannot go wrong with this one=4 stars for a great debut album from The Rebel Wheel (with this new line-up ) a few years ago they release a self title cd The Rebel Wheel.They only thing I would suggest is to put more of Angie Macivor voice and sax in their music.But nevertheless it's a great album = one of the best of 2007. Pots

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