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Rebellion was founded in 2001 by Tomi Göttlich (bass) and Uwe Lulis (guitar) after their split from Grave Digger. The band´s debut album „Shakespeare's Macbeth - A Tragedy in Steel“ was released in 2002. It wove Metal hymns and passages from Shakespeare's original text impressively into one another, so that it received outstanding reviews and even today enjoys cult status. A headliner tour and a tour as support for Running Wild followed as well as some festival shows, among others the Wacken open air. „Born a Rebel“, the Band´s second album, was published in 2003, it shows a rough and groovy face of the band. This release was again followed by a headliner tour, a tour as support for UDO and some festival shows (such as the Metal Daze in Spain).
The band´s third album „Sagas of Iceland - The History of The Vikings volume I“ was released in 2005. “Sagas …” is the first part of the historically investigated and opulently arranged trilogy about the history of the Vikings. It is a brilliant and powerful Metal album as are the two following albums „Miklagard - The History of The Vikings volume II “(2007) and „Arise: From Ginnungagap to Ragnarök - The History of The Vikings volume III “(2009) which completed the trilogy. This trilogy won the band a solid reputation as masters of historical concept albums and received outstanding reviews (“Arise …” made it into Rock Hard´s “10 times Dynamite”). The first two albums of the trilogy were again followed by headliner tours taking the band beyond Germany into Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands and various festival shows.
In 2008 Uwe Lulis had a motorcycle accident and was injured so badly that the band had to take a break of a year. In 2009 Uwe still suffered from the accident and thus there were very few shows which were played with Uwe sitting on stage. At the end of 2010 Uwe Lulis consequently left Rebellion. Gerd Lücking (drums) and Simone Wenzel (guitar) decided thereupon likewise in order to concentrate on other musical projects.
It seemed as if the band had come to an end but encouraged by numerous fan comments Tomi Göttlich (bass) and Michael Seifert (vocals) decided in the beginning of 2011 to let Rebellion live on. Oliver Geibig (guitar), Stephan Karut (guitar) and Matthias Karle (drums) filled the gaps. The new Rebellion are a band of friends who have known and jammed with each other for many years and who are very determined to lead the band onwards.
In October 2011 Rebellion played their first show with the new members. The Band was frenetically celebrated by their fans, many of whom had travelled long distances (Ireland, France, Netherlands) to witness the first show of the new line up.
A new historical concept album, entitled "Arminius - Furor Teutonicus", will be released via Massacre Records on October 26th 2012.