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36 Chimera & Opulence

05 Sourpuss Clothing Giveaway Win your very own floozy purse (in aqua) courtesy of Sourpuss Clothing!

06 London Tattoo Convention

22 A Vamps Delight

28 Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

30 The Rebel Wonder

54 Treat Or Trick

60 Viva LePink


Editor’s Note

I THINK THE BEST WAY FOR ME TO START THIS LITTLE EDITOR'S NOTE WILL BE TO USE ONE WORD...BABES!!! As you find yourself reading through these very pages, I think you'll agree that this issue is absolutely jam-packed with them! We've got twelve (yes, TWELVE) ladies adorning our Eustratia cover feature this month, where we find out all about Stacey Black's two new latex collections, Chimera and Opulence. We've also got the likes of Hélène Atsüko, Cervena Fox, Louella Deville and more filling our Exposed section, fashion interviews with a range of independent designers including Dolly Cool, GutterQueen Jewellery and Hellcat Latex, a smokey eye makeup tutorial, the heavily-inked hell kitty Missy LePink tells us about her brand new tattoo tonic & her adventures as the front lady in Viva Le Pink, and our resident boy blogger Marc Burrows is back for another Boy Meets World. We ventured to the epic event that was the London Tattoo Convention, and boy have we got pictures aplenty. Expect to see the likes of Arabella Drummond, Dark Arts Modelling Agency, The Fuel Girls, Lucky Hell, our issue #7 cover girl ElegyEllem (who is up top with me in that photo right there), and lots more! We also have an awesome WonderWoman editorial, two Halloween inspired editorials, and a competition courtesy of the awesome folk at Sourpuss Clothing. We spoil you, we do! Until next time my pretties... Dominique Marshall, Rebelicious Editor/Creative Director



4 Editor’s Picks

42 Hélène Atsüko

26 Boy Meets World

44 Cervena Fox

62 Album Reviews

46 Ravenblakh Photography

FEATURES 6 The London Tattoo Convention 36 Chimera & Opulence

FASHION & BEAUTY 11 Missy LePink's Tattoo Tonic

48 Louella Deville 50 Beverly Ann Icely Photography 52 Nicole Ferreira

VOLUME 60 Viva LePink

12 Dolly Cool


14 GutterQueen Jewellery

22 A Vamps Delight

16 Hellcat Latex

30 The Rebel Wonder

18 Missfit Clothing

54 Treat Or Trick

20 Vaudou Jewellery 28 Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

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COVER CREDITS Model: Ezra Tren Photographer: Toria Brightside Clothing: Eustratia HAIR: Laura Kulik MUA: Laura Wilson EDITOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dominique Marshall CONTRIBUTORS Toria Brightside: Marc Burrows: Heather McDaid: REBELICIOUS MASCOT Curtis Allen: CONTACT SUBMISSIONS VISIT US ONLINE SPECIAL THANKS TO

Alison Bateman & Roland Hyams @ Work Hard PR, Toria Brightside, Stacey Black, Heather McDaid, Marc Burrows, Calyn Williams @ Sourpuss Clothing, Michelle Marshall, Chris Catling, Daniel Mannix, David Briggs, Sonja Lux, Amy Zarah Desmarais DISCLAIMER: Rebelicious is an independently produced non-profit magazine. All opinions and expressed are that of the individual and not Rebelicious Magazine as a whole. All products featured may be subject to availability. All links correct at time of publication. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 3

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With the evolution of fashion and possibility, beauty is getting braver. From art and clothing to the guests themselves, The London Tattoo Convention at Tobacco Dock showed us the finest examples of boundary challenging aesthetics in the UK’s alternative culture, and how the art of tattooing can make a girl’s beauty even more unique. We asked some of the models and performers that attended the convention what advice they would give to girls thinking about getting tattooed.


Ellis: Get something FUCKING AMAZING! El: I’d say... just do it. Who cares, it’s your body. They make you feel better about yourself, they can look beautiful, they can still make you look feminine... just do it. Ellis: If your parents tell you not to, don’t listen to them. El: They’ll come round eventually. Life’s too short not to do something you want to do.


You only live once, do it while you’re young... if you like it, go for it, it’s your skin. See yourself like a storybook, like a story of your life.



Just go for it. You’ve only got one life. People always say what are you going to do when you’re older... Toria: What do you reckon you’re going to do... be fabulous?

Arabella: Yeah! When I’m older, I’m just going to be old and tattooed! You’ve just gotta go for it, if you want something done then go get it - but I will say, don’t rush into anything. Find a decent tattoo artist, especially if you’re going to get a portrait. There’s a world of amazing tattoo artists so you’ve got no need to go to the artist that’s at the bottom of your road!

"See yourself like a storybook, like a story of your life."

Helen - Dark Arts Modelling Agency

Teta Maria - Fuel Girls

Lucky Hell

Neechee, Hayley, Nina, Asha Dark Arts Modelling Agency

Yusura Bushwatcher

Leah Debrincat

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Photographs: David Briggs, Dominique Marshall, Daniel Mannix, Michelle Marshall, Chris Catling

Missy LePink's Tattoo Tonic

Officially launched at the Tattoo Convention, Missy Le Pink's Tattoo Tonic is 100% organic, 100% chemical free, cruelty free, and needs to be your number #1 tattoo aftercare product! Perfect for both new and old pieces, it will assure that your ink gets the right treatment it needs... above (and I could go on forever here!) it is something I feel very passionately about. I don’t see any reason, other than the reason they do and have in the past, why beauty companies feel the need to use chemicals or animal products such as beeswax, when naturally plant derived ingredients do the job, and well, and are less harmful to us, and our environments. The simple answer is, because it’s cheap, and they are greedy and often lazy! I personally would rather spend a little more knowing that I was using something that was created with a conscience, as then it won’t need to rest on mine!

Tell us about what inspired you to create a tattoo tonic? There was nothing on the market that was organic, natural and vegan, which was very frustrating. Most products added to tattoo aftercare potions are chemical and either can cause reactions, or are not actually very well researched products to put on wounds, which is essentially what your fresh tattooed skin is. For instance lanolin, which is potentially carcinogenic, and is known to block the skin’s pores, obviously not a good idea for putting on a healing tattoo! With the tonic being 100% organic, chemical and cruelty free, you must feel really strongly about animal testing and the chemicals used for skin products…Yes, as I started to mention

Obviously you are heavily-inked. Could you tell us a little bit about what tattoos you have, and what they mean to you? I have a tattoo on my left wrist that reads “Queen Of Jack”, which is a song I’m releasing on my forthcoming EP. It makes a bit more sense when you hear the lyrics! I also have a very pink sleeve on my right arm done by Tracy D, which incorporates a number of images of things I like, including a fabulous pistol, which I got to mark the taking over and closing down of (by a certain coffee company I’ve boycotted ever since!) my absolute favourite London music venue, The Gaff on Holloway Road. I went straight from Haunted Tattoos further up the street after having the piece completed and pointed it at the bland, “one on every high street” chain store, BOOM BOOM! I was deeply upset, as it signalled the end of some fantastically poignant times for me. Was it a conscious decision for you to make the tonic packaging relate directly to who you are and how you look? Yes. I do get a

little tired of plastic wrapped, boring looking packaging. I wanted firstly to make something with as little outer packaging as possible to not cause waste, so I picked the re-usable black glass jars, and went for the brightly coloured, fun image, because I thought it reflected the style of character well and would look good in tattoo shops. Also, seeing as my nickname is missy lepink, and my new band is called Viva Le Pink, it kind of seemed like an obvious link up that people would remember. You can’t really miss me and my pink barnet!

"I personally would rather spend a little more knowing that I was using something that was created with a conscience, as then it won’t need to rest on mine!" The tonic has been in production for the past two years now! You must be really happy and proud to finally get the product out to the public? Happy, relieved, and very tired!! It was more work than I imagined trying to get everything looking, feeling and working right. Not to mention having to research, test and make the product by myself. It wasn’t easy on a minuscule budget, so I’m not afraid to say that I’m proud of myself for making something out of nothing! I guess it’s gone and proved to me yet again that if you believe in something and work hard at it for long enough, you can make it happen, regardless of the obstacles in your way!




What is your company all about? Dolly Cool is created with a passion for all things Rock n’ Roll: the style and music of the 50s, old school tattoos, and a love of Japanese Kawaii culture thrown in for good measure! I specialise in original Rockabilly, Punk, Cute, Macabre and tattoo themed jewellery and accessories, all entirely handmade from scratch by myself.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? I take my inspiration from my interests and passions which are 50s culture, Tattoo Flash – old and new, Kawaii, Macabre, B Movie Horror film posters, Kustom art, fashion magazines and things I see when I am on my travels. Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? Probably my Illustrated Rosary heart necklaces, and the hand sculpted Sugar Skull and Pearl necklaces – both of which have been a great success, and I haven’t really seen anyone doing anything similar. Tell us a bit about any new items/ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? My brand new collection for this Autumn/Winter is ‘Sweet Hearts’. This is a range of silver toned heart shaped necklaces, featuring my original Tattoo Flash inspired artwork. I’ve also made some sweater clips, based on the traditional 50s ones, but with a Dolly Cool twist! How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? I am continually thinking about what I can do next, and researching how I can create my products in innovative and new ways. I create products that reflect what I love, and in doing that I hope that my customers love them too. For example, I’m currently working on a range of hair clips and brooches using a fancy new bit of kit…I’m very excited about these as I haven’t seen anyone else doing what I’m planning! These are still a work in progress, but will be launched around November time. If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? Probably a tattoo artist that I admire, such as Mimsy Gleeson (Australia) or Leah Moule (UK). To have them wear my work, when they are such awesome artists would be the ultimate compliment! What does the future hold for you and your brand? Dolly Cool is my passion, and I am going to continue to work hard to produce lots more cool things that hopefully my customers will love. I still have tons more ideas for lots of exciting new products…so watch this space! Models: Carla Marques (Sweater Clips), Bexi Owen (Necklaces) Photographer: Madame Boudoir Photography Studio Hair, MUA and Styling: Bethany Jane Davies






What is your company all about? It’s all about studs, faux leather, glitter and having a bit of a misfit attitude. Anything that is big and chunky, heart shaped, strange and made to catch people’s eyes is essential to the whole idea of GutterQueen.

too keen on an idea I have I’ll tweak it, and I try to avoid buying from the same suppliers as other designers. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas and having late night Ebay sessions, so I will always try my best to do bigger and better.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? To be honest, I make jewelery that I want to wear. I am also a model with the rest of my spare time, under the alias Whiplash, and I used to make jewelery and studded bras for shoots all the time. Loads of people kept asking me where I got all my stuff from, so I thought I would share the love and put it out there! Plus, it got to the point where it annoyed me that there would be days where I wished I had a really huge spiky necklace to wear but couldn’t seem to buy one anywhere – so I thought “I’ll just make one!”. The kind of customer I tailor for is someone who’s bold and not afraid to stand out, and likes life with a side serving of glitter, so that’s also where a lot of my inspiration comes from.

If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? It would have to be a toss up between Kat Von D, and this amazing model from the States called Scar. Both are amazing ladies with their own unique style, and I would love to have them sporting my designs because they fit what I have in mind when I design. Highly unlikely, but a girl can dream...

Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? At the moment I love the new studded hair fascinators that I’ve been making – I’ve been experimenting with new ways of attaching spikes to things and I just love the way they look and sit in the hair. I also have a soft spot for my Heavy Heart necklaces, which are one of the first pieces I came up with. They seem to be the product that I sell the most of, so it’s proving to be quite popular with other people too. Tell us a bit about any new items/ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? At the moment I’ve discovered a nifty new way of making spiky rings, so I’m going to be getting started on that. I also have a HUGE new range right round the corner that’s out soon, which involves lots of Barbie/My Little Pony inspired items and pendants. Let’s just say that I’ve recently ordered a truckload of chain, stickers and different glitter colours and I intend to put them to good use! How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? It’s a curse but I’m such a perfectionist, so if a design just isn’t selling or takes me forever to make I just scrap it and come up with something better. I also tend to work well really early in the morning, so at about 2am my brain kicks in and I start jotting down new ideas, or adjusting old ones until I’m completely happy. My fan base have been awesome and if I know they’re not

What does the future hold for you and your brand? I have so many new pieces planned, and have so many new supplies arriving in the next few weeks that I think eBay might have to restock! A lot of what I’ve been doing lately is very dark with sharp spikes and leatherette, so with the new stuff a lot of it is going down a more pink and cute road – but still with a sinister edge. I can’t tell you too much as it’s still secret, but three things you’ll hopefully be seeing soon are sushi, stars and iconic figures. That is if I don’t drown in the piles of glitter I have! LEFT PHOTO Model: Whiplash Photographer: Yohannes Miller MUA: Jade Reeves Ferguson Jewellery: INCARNATE fascinator, SPIKED ring, INCARNATE eyepatch TOP PHOTO Model: Sahala Haynes Photographer: Rozalind Williams Jewellery: SPIKED fascinator and ring set MIDDLE PHOTO Model: Strawberry Venom Photographer: TwistedPix Jewellery: WARNING necklace and ring set BOTTOM PHOTO Model: Sophie Cash Photographer: Tony Brown



HELLCAT LATEX What inspired you to start up Hellcat Latex and choose latex as your main fabric? Ever since I put on my first piece of latex, I instantly fell in love with how it felt and how it looked and I knew then I wanted to wear more of it. As a lot of you know, latex is expensive and my poor wage meant I couldn’t buy as much as I liked. So I was examining a piece during a shoot and thought it would be quite easy to make and I started from there!

Why the name “Hellcat”? Well I’ve been modeling for 4 years under the name Miss Hellcat, as I’m a big rockabilly/ psychobilly fan and liked how that fans are called Hellcats, so it was just obvious that I should name my latex designs after me, the designer. Where do you draw your influences? I’ve always been a pin up girl at heart and love the cute, girly, sweet look of those clothes. Unfortunately most of the latex I’d worn before I started making it was the typical fetish black latex, dominatrix look and I wanted to wear pin up style clothes but also have the latex factor. So most of my range is based on 40s/50s pin up, using appliqués such as polka dots, flamingoes and hearts. Also the holidays inspire my latex making; I’ve made an Easter themed outfit, valentines and Halloween… it all ties in with the Cheesecake pin up.

Model: Synthetic Doll Photographer: Twitch Photos


Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? I’d have to say the flamingo outfit consisting of high-waisted shorts with braces and boobtube. I love the colours, Jade and Baby pink, and the outfit is very cute with frill trim. But the biggest reason it’s my favourite is because of the Flamingo appliqué, I just love flamingos! How would you describe your own personal clothing style? Depending on my mood (and the weather!) I usually wear retro inspired clothing, dresses, capris and cardigans and of course victory rolls and hair flowers! But on other days you can’t beat a bit of punky clothing, creepers, turned up jeans and leopard print! But generally my style is vintage. Latex has become an incredibly popular choice of clothing within the alt industry. What are your views on its growing popularity, both with models wearing it and other latex companies cropping up? I think its great! I’d love to see latex make the mainstream; there are still a lot of stereotypes surrounding latex, as in it’s all ball gags and catsuits, but with more and more designers popping up we are proving it can be anything from a 50s inspired bathing suit to a wedding dress! I love seeing new designs and seeing peoples’ creativity with latex, it excites me! I’ve also seen the same dress/outfit been modeled by various models and I love seeing how each model interprets that outfit, bring on more!!

If you could produce a custom piece for anyone in the world, who would it be and why? I’d have to say Katy Perry; she would be the perfect model for Hellcat Latex! She has a retro style and isn’t afraid to go all out and my imagination would go wild designing a dress for her. I can see bright colours, tons of appliqués and general craziness and cuteness. What has been the main highlight of running Hellcat Latex? I’ve been designing for 9 months now and the response and support I’ve had from fans and customers is overwhelming. Also Hellcat latex has given me the chance to work with some of my favourite models, both UK based and international, and I really can’t ask for more than that. What’s to come in the future for Hellcat Latex? Well I’m currently in the process of designing new pieces and arranging shoots for them and then I am working on a website so people can actually go online and see what I’m about and buy items online. There is also word of a fashion show at the end of the year where my designs will be shown, so expect to see a lot more over the coming months! Models : Miss Hellcat, Leanne James, Amy Coleen & Miss Mischief Photographers: ML Imagery, Jamie Howden, Rowan Murray





What is your company all about? I make ladies clothing, from scratch, from dresses to hoodies and leggings to bolero shrugs. I love being able to make whatever I have on my mind. Where do you draw your inspiration from? I draw my inspiration from everywhere. Music is a real inspiration for me, there’s nothing better than sticking on some Tiger Army and getting down to business. Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? I think my dresses are my favourite things I’ve made! I did a really cute denim swing dress that I’m still in love with. Although this years Halloween collection is proving to be a new fave!

adore is where I see myself in the long term. My existing customers are fantastic and I just hope to keep adding to my fan base. Photographer: SJImage Models: ChrystalCHAOS, Halo Haynes MUA: Halo Haynes Make-up: Rockeresque Beauty Company Clothing & jewellery: Missfit Clothing

Tell us a bit about any new items/ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? My Halloween collection is what I’ve been working on recently. I LOVE Halloween, so being able to create one off as well as trade items, is so much fun! How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? I always keep up to date with fabric prints etc. by following what’s currently on the major catwalks as well as ‘alternative’ catwalks. I love drawing inspiration from other designs, so I always keep an eye out with what’s happening in the industry. If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? I’d LOVE to create an outfit for Nina Kate. I think she’s the most stunning lady on the planet and I’m always totally in awe of her work with Jane Doe latex/apparel. I think it’d be amazing to create a really out-of-this-world gothic inspired outfit for her. What does the future hold for you and your brand? Everything in my brand keeps going from strength to strength, and I just enjoy what I do SO much that getting to carry on working full time in an industry I




What is your company all about? The company is all about creating ‘creepy cute’ jewellery and accessories at realistically affordable prices. Something in every style, colour and size imaginable to suit everyone. Anything from macabre, halloween style pieces, to girly floral headbands.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? Companies such as Black Milk, Toxic Vision, Nikki Lipstick and Empty Casket are all at the top of my list for inspiration. Their pieces are either always in-your-face, one of a kind or something I’ve never seen before. That’s what I want to achieve; people have to say “Wow”. Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? I am a big fan of my Electric Orange Leggings, they’re a bit crazy, but I like that. I think they look good on everyone! My collars are also a personal favourite. I’ve always loved wearing them and I think they can suit anyone, and they look great for occasions (parties, weddings, etc). I aim to have collars as my no.1 seller in time!


Tell us a bit about any new items/ranges you’re currently working on or have recently released? Again, the collars are relatively new, so I’m aiming to have a wide range of different colours and styles out very soon. I am also excited to introduce a ‘custom’ feature in which you can request any colour combinations/charms on collars to suit your taste! There is no extra charge for custom requests either; if someone has a specific idea they want out of me, I’ll give it to them! I wouldn’t charge 1,000 suns for it, I want customers to be in love with their pieces from me and not settle for something pre-made ‘just because it’s cheaper’. How do you make sure that your ideas and designs stay fresh and appealing to your fan base? Every month I introduce a new element. At the start of May it was the creepy/cute jewellery, at the start of June it was the floral range, and July will be the release of the new range of collars. I like to vary it greatly between each month to keep people interested, but always retain stock from past months in case a new customer finds the store who doesn’t like the range from the current month! Also, at the end of each month I will hold a sale and/or competition to get people excited about future releases.

If you could create a custom item for anyone in the world, who would you pick and why? Oh gosh, I’m not sure I could choose! If I had to pick one person, I think I would attempt to make something outrageous for Lady Gaga – If anyone is full of fresh and varied ideas/fashion, it’s her, and I’m always saying “wow” at her wardrobe. Perhaps not as outlandish as her, but the wow-factor is what I want! Her music and her style has always been inspirational to me, along with her ‘You can do it’ attitude. What does the future hold for you and your brand? BIG things! I aim to contact companies/shows across the UK to get a small stall set up at tattoo conventions, fetes and my products stocked in local shops in town. I want to travel worldwide to work with my most admired models and photographers, spread the love, be published in magazines, and maybe one day become big enough to have a shop and employees. I may only be a small company, and I may only have been around for a few months, but my heart and my dreams are bigger than ever. It’s all worth reaching for! Facebook: Shop Online: Photos: Mark Kidsley - Model: Kati Louise -



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Comedian Marc Burrows is a bewildered boy in a girly girls world....or in a world overrun by his new kitten it may seem!

The other week we got a kitten. No, you can’t come round and see it, that would be creepy, even if he is adorable. Which he is. It shouldn’t be that exciting because my girlfriend and I have had a cat for 6 years now - As we’re both too busy, poor and frankly incompetent to look after human young, we’ve opted for something else small and cute but with the ability to wipe it’s own bum. Unfortunately we were told keeping dwarfs as pets isn’t “appropriate”, so we got a cat instead (they can clean their own bums, but I wouldn’t advise you watch). Little cats grow into big ones though and grown cats are a bit aloof and a smidge evil, so when my girlfriends’ folks heard the pitter-patter of tiny paws after their kitty was slinking around the local boy-cats, we pocketed a kitten when they weren’t looking. His name is Ziggy (actually his name is ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ but only I know that) and you’d love him - he’s a bundle of fun and affection. So now we have two cats, and it turns out the big one (his name’s Trevor) completely despises the little one. We never see him any more; he’ll come in and eat a bit of food, the little one will come bounding up and try and make friends (by sniffing his bum. Cats seem to be really into bums) and big cat will hiss, take a swipe at little cat and then either leave, or sit in the corner and specifically turn his back to wherever we are in the room. We are being cold-shouldered by a moggy. For a while he stopped coming back at all, until I spotted next door feeding him and had to go around and have an awkward conversation where I ended up pretending the cat had a special pretend cat-diet because of a special pretend cat-illness, so they had to stop feeding him, thus avoiding real confrontation of which I’m always terrified. The little cat is awesome, although he is utterly thick. His favourite hobbies are falling asleep very quickly, falling off things running from one side of the room to the other, and attempting to escape through the front door, despite his complete access to the back garden via catflap. Everyday I close my front door as quickly as I can, and it’s immediately followed by a soft thud as kitten careens into wood panel. Foiled again. It has very quickly become clear who runs our house. Little cat demands constant attention, except for when we’re persuading big cat to stay in the house and be our friend again. Things came to a head last week, when my girlfriend and I were toying with having some, ahem, special grown up time, and realised little cat was curled up asleep on our bed. He looked so adorable we didn’t have the heart to move him and ended up watching a film instead, avoiding each others’ gaze, silently sickened by the full horror of what we had become. Twitter: @20thCenturyMarc 26 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE




Words & MUA: Tabitha Adams Model: Poppy Thorn PoppyThornAltModel Photography: RT Studios


1) PREP: Apply your usual base and use concealer where needed to cover any blemishes and dark under-eye circles. Use an eyeshadow primer, if you have one, all over your eyelids up to your brow. My personal preference is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. If you do not have a primer simply use your normal foundation. Lightly powder your face. Make sure you powder from the crease of your eye up to the brow, this is a soft look and this helps blend the eye-shadow.



2) EYELID BASE: With a black pencil, I’m using Illamasqua’s medium Sophie* pencil, apply a thick line on your eyelid and then using a pencil brush blend this upwards towards the crease. This acts as a great base for dark colours and really intensifies them.


3) EYELID COLOUR: Apply your dark colour, I’m using Obsidian here, all over the eyelid. This doesn’t have to be too neat but it is best to make sure the upper edges are soft.

6 6) UNDER-EYE: Using the same pencil as before, apply a line as close to your lash line as possible from corner to corner. Blend using a pencil brush to create a soft line.


5) CREASE: Using your lighter colour, Wolf in this instance, blend into your crease with a good blending brush. Blend upwards towards your brow highlight colour. Keep blending until you have a flawless graduation from dark to light. Don’t overdo it otherwise you’ll end up with just one block of colour.


7) UPPER EYELINER: Using your pencil draw a line above your lashline and blend it out slightly.

4) BROW HIGHLIGHT: Immediately under your brow apply a light neutral colour, I used Stealth, and blend so the line is thicker towards the outer edge.



8) INNER EYE: Now for the bit that everyone hates doing. Using your black pencil, making sure it’s clean, line inside your lower lashline. It’s a good idea to line inside your upper lashline too. A good trick to do this without pulling your eyelid up is to put more on the lower than you need and close your eye really tightly for a moment. This transfers the colour to your upper eye.

9) FINISHING TOUCHES: You should by now have a great smokey eye, double check that both eyes match, blend with a cotton bud is necessary. To really make your eyes pop you can add a highlight colour to the inner corners of your eyes or the middle of your eyelid. I used Vintage, an antique gold shade, in the corners here. Then coat your lashes, top and bottom, with a good mascara or use some false eyelashes. This look is great with large fluffy lashes. To complete your look pencil in your brows, apply blusher and lipstick. Smokey eyes usually look better with a neutral lip colour but I believe that with makeup there are no rules. *All profits from Illamasqua’s Sophie pencil go towards the Sophie Lancaster Foundation REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 29

The rebel







The rebel




MODELS (from left to right): Asphazia, Whiplash, Victoria Fairbrother, Vex Ashley, Sapphire Black, Biomechanina, Sevensin, Becky Burton, Harlottte Wonderland, Nina Terror, Ezra, Betty La Wren





Eustratia girls at the Ă lternative and Burlesque Fair

Heresy n Heelz once again welcomed us into a bold celebration of all things latex at Manchester’s Alternative and Burlesque Fair. Filled with every entertainment from cupcakes to acrobatics, the day built up through whirlwind preparation to a stunning catwalk crescendo. Modelled by beauties who are no strangers to our pages, innovative designer Eustratia showed pieces from the CHIMERA and newly released OPULENCE collections. We caught up with designer and woman behind Eustratia, Stacey Black.



Toria Brightside (who filmed the show, and photographed the girls) and Lilly (stage manager)


What is it that draws you to fetish fashion? I love fashion in general, but a lot of what I love about it is the edginess and sexiness alongside the innovation. I think these elements are particularly heightened in fetish fashion, and that’s mainly why I design in the genre. Fashion can bring you closer to who you want to be. With fetish fashion, some of the representations of these elements, mindsets or “characters” associated with them can be a bit more literal or obvious; and even though it might seem a little contradictory, I find this quite liberating. Everything doesn’t have to be implied, it can just stare you in face, and that’s still acceptable. That’s not to say that I don’t like working with subtleties and implications, I just find it nice to have the choice.

What can you tell us about the Chimera collection? Chimera combines influences from the past with contemporary silhouettes and details. The name was chosen to reflect the unusual fusion of latex and chainmail. The concept revolves around the ideas of protection and youth culture, featuring current trends such as inverted cross motifs, the re-worked biker jacket, studs and chain-draped accessories, alongside representations of medieval knights. The overall feel is one of dark elegance and constraint, which can be seen as a flattering reflection of the mood of our time. The chainmail was provided by Richard Ayres (www.richardayres., who collaborated with me on this project and took great care to make everything work the way I had envisioned it.

And what about the new collection, Opulence? Opulence is a sumptuous and slightly mystical collection evoking the wealth and decadence of the past, while remaining surprisingly current and wearable. It features gold, peplums, translucency and drapes adorned with a blend of baroque and heraldry inspired appliqués and a multitude of different accessories. It’s my latest collection, and was initially inspired by this seasons baroque trend, which I turned on its head slightly and mixed with my own influences, as well as some really wearable current details. I love making really extravagant and innovative garments, but in the past I think I’ve gone a bit too far and made the largest part of the collection relatively inaccessible to the majority of my customers. This time, I made an effort to keep it wearable, while still maintaining the Eustratia flare. For those who don’t tent to wear a lot of latex in their everyday life, I would suggest trying it out with one of the collars or flower headbands. They look great with everyday outfits and can be mixed with any fabric. The most talked about aspect of this collection so far though are the long gowns. I haven’t made gowns before and I’m happy with the way they turned out and the response I’ve had. I designed them mostly with the shows in mind, as I wanted to add a traditional element to my usually rather theatrical fashion shows by having them come out for the finale. Any hints as to what’s inspiring your next collection? I’ve just decided I might give a lingerie collection a go next and I have a few ideas. I want it to be feminine and edgy but with a classic glamour feel, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! I have another two collections to launch before I can start working on new stuff. Who would you most like to see in one of your garments? I’d love to make outfits for the royal family, including the corgis. What would be your dream project? My dream project would be making Eustratia into a global company and expanding to sell garments and accessories for all occasions as well as homeware and art. I can’t see how this could ever happen but you have to have dreams to keep you going. HAIR: Laura Kulik MUA: Laura Wilson PHOTOGRAPHY: Toria Brightside MODELS: Asphazia, Whiplash, Victoria Fairbrother, Vex Ashley, Sapphire Black, Biomechanina, Sevensin, Becky Burton, Harlottte Wonderland, Nina Terror, Ezra, Betty La Wren




Photography: Julian M Kilsby MUA: Naomi Mckeever Model: Hélène Atsüko White Bolero: Rachel Freire Bra: What Katie Did Latex Leggings: Libidex


Tell us a bit about how your modeling career began and what your first photoshoot was like? I never planned on being a model as a kid. It just seemed to naturally happen as I was already into the alternative and fetish scenes in my late teens and therefore it just developed from there. My first ever photo shoot was for an alternative shop’s catalogue. It was great fun and the photographer was very helpful, giving me guidance and encouraging me. Since then, I’ve never looked back and have enjoyed finding a new creative outlook for myself as well as challenging the mainstream view of beauty. What outfits would you say you enjoy modeling the most? I am definitely most comfortable in latex - the more the better really! I just love the stuff, the shine, smell, how it makes you feel like you’ve stepped out of a fantasy film! What has been your favourite photoshoot so far? That’s a hard one… I think I’d have to say my favourite so far has been shooting for Bizarre magazine with Ulorin Vex and Nina Kate on a fetish themed Alice in Wonderland shoot. It was a fantastic day and experience and there were so many laughs. Are there any concepts/themes that you would love to explore in the future? I really want to try an underwater shoot, with high fashion styled make-up and long flowing garments. Something completely different from what I am usually snapped in. I love scuba diving so it would be a great opportunity to merge that and modeling together. Are there any other models/designers/photographers etc that you would love to collaborate with one day? I have been incredibly lucky so far getting to model for some of my fashion heroes; including Bibian Blue, Lady Lucie, HMS, What Katie Did, and HWdesign. I would love to model garments from the catwalk, for example Vivienne Westward one day! With regards to photographers, there are so many great names that come to mind, I wouldn’t even know where to begin! Outside of modeling, anyone that follows your work knows about your love of pandas and all things historical. What is it about these things that you are so fascinated by? The whole panda thing started when I first shaved my head as I lived in this old panda hat (regardless of being indoors!) to keep my noggin warm. Then the nickname came along and just stuck! I also go gooey eyed over baby pandas like most women go over children! I can’t remember when I first became interested in archaeology and history – all I know is that since 13 all my work experience opportunities where spent on excavations and I didn’t want to do anything else! My imagination just runs wild with the past. I went on to study archaeology at degree level, and further on to masters level with computer science. I’d love to get my PhD one day and lecture once my modeling days are behind me. Obviously modeling involves a lot of motivation, hard work and confidence. Is there anything in particular that you like to do in order to stay in shape? Gyms tend to bore me. So I try to stay away from only going to the gym. Instead I like to mix it up with active hobbies and currently enjoy ballet, roller derby, fencing and long distance running. That way I never get bored! I also never get buses, opting to walk or cycle everywhere. I even take my bike on trains with me and cycle round cities, including London and Sheffield to avoid having to take buses and tubes. And it’s so much more of an adventure! With so many trying to break into the industry, what is your personal view on the current alternative modeling scene? It takes hard work and dedication, as well as some humility. Even now I don’t think of myself as famous or anything like that and I find it really strange when people go fan girl/boy on me – I never quite expect it or know what to say! Most of all you need to enjoy what you do. If your images shine, as well as your personality and originality, you will go far. There are a lot of very good models within the alternative modeling scene, each with their own unique look and attributes, it’s always important to realize you can’t be perfect for everything! Finally, what are your plans for 2012? Currently I am concentrating on finishing my Masters thesis and then I am going to step up my game! So expect to see a lot more stuff to be coming your way! REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 43


Cervena Fox


How did you get involved with modeling and can you remember what your first photoshoot was like? Yeah I remember! It was when I was 16 and I just got back from a holiday from Turkey, so I was all lovely and brown! I booked a local photographer who was having a summer deal, so I got 5 pictures and prints pretty cheap (£90 I think it was) and while we were shooting at the nightclub (that was our location) a professional model told me about Model mayhem and it just kind of went from there! That’s the only time I paid for a photographer too! When I got my first few images and got them on MM, I then only did TF until I was at the level to charge. I didn’t really fully get into modeling until I was 17 though and started to do more hair modeling stuff. I booked my first shoot due to being bullied at school for being ugly and different, so I just wanted to get some images to boost my confidence and to prove to myself that everyone is pretty in their own way.   You’ve travelled lots and lots for a variety of photo shoots, but have there been any that have always stood out as favourites for you? I love travelling the world and my favourite shoots have always been cool locations that photographers have found! Mainly abandoned buildings or old towns, but my favourite

location this year HAS to be when I was shooting in the desert by LA in a hot tub out in the middle of nowhere :P!   Are there any concepts/themes that you would love to explore in the future? To be honest I’m getting really bored of normal studio set-ups, I love it when I go to a shoot and there’s a theme already set up! Like a magic show/comic city/jungle/garden etc. I’d love to do more steam punk set-ups, but that’s hard to do as you really need a good team of stylists and equipment!   How would you describe your personal style? My personal style is western cowgirl/band girl wannabe! I love tight leathery spandex trousers with a good cut up band top and cowboy boots!   Are there any makeup/beauty products that you always have and can’t live without? I CAN NOT live without my eyebrow brush, colour and Liquid liner...   Are there any outfits that you love to wear more than others both in front of the camera and away from it? Latex <3 always a win!  

What are your views on the current modeling industry? I tend to not talk about this subject a lot as it would be like me walking on ice. But I’m very much enjoying being part of the alternative crowd! If you could give any aspiring models one important piece of advice, what would it be? If you really want to be a model and actually make a name for yourself, get out there and make it happen because a life like this doesn’t jus fall into your lap. Photography: Claire Seville PVC: Betty eX Clothing Stockings: What Katie Did Makeup & hair: Cervena Fox



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How did you get started as a photographer? I was originally interested in drawing, I did a lot of portrait work and detailed painting, so photography started as a way to have high-quality references for my artwork but soon developed into something that I feel came much more naturally to me than drawing ever did. I felt I could express my thoughts and ideas much clearer through photographs, so I’ve stuck to that ever since! Your main pieces of equipment are? Currently I’m using a Canon 600D, Canon 85mm f1.8 lens (my go-to lens), the Lensbaby Composer, and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II. What are some of the concepts/themes you love to explore? I’m quite interested in portraying characters whilst also presenting this from a fashion perspective. I like creating stories with my images, and I’m very into the movies so that has a huge influence on what I do. Anything a bit weird and wonderful is always good in my books too! Where do you draw your inspiration from? Mostly films; I’m a huge David Lynch fan and I’m almost constantly inspired by something or another from Twin Peaks, and I’m really into anything by Sam Mendes, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Satoshi Kon. Outside of cinema I love the work of Lasse Hoile, Gregory Crewdson, Bruno Dayan and Alex Prager. With so many trying their hand at being a photographer these days, how do you keep your style unique? I think it’s pretty much impossible to be unique when we’re surrounded by not only so many influences and people doing similar things to us, but also thousands

of years of things that have happened before. Everything was inspired by something or another at some stage, and that’s how art works, so I think if you hone in too much on creating ‘original’ concepts then you get bogged down and lose sight of what you’re trying to do. Of course, blatant plagiarism is no good, but realizing what your influences are and not being afraid to pursue them, even if they are a little over done, is important! I hardly think my work is unique, but I like to think that I give it my own spin by approaching it in a different way and making it ‘my own’. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Pretty sure most photographers have a dream list! Cillian Murphy, Michael Fassbender, Michael Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, David Lynch, Barack Obama, James Gandolfini, David Bowie, Daniel Craig, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron...I could go on forever here! Do you have any major goals you hope to achieve this year? I’m currently studying a BA Hons in Photography so I’d like to keep that up at the current level I’m working at, and just keep pushing myself forward and keep shooting really! Model: Rebecca Need-Menear MUA & Hair Stylist: Emma Everest Headpieces and Styling: Amethyst Accessories & Styling


Louella Deville


What inspired you to take up modeling? I always loved performing as a young girl, playing dress up in my mother’s clothes and playing with make up. As a teenager I always admired fashion and pin up models, and after moving to the city I started working with a troupe of ladies putting on shows of bands and burlesque. Through this I was introduced to a range of models and performers, who then introduced to me to photographers and the like. I was so fascinated with the burlesque world, the pin up girls and guys. I loved everything about the lifestyle, the performances and style. I did my first shoot at 17, and from there I haven’t stopped. Have you had any particularly memorable photo shoots? I did one recently and it was ABSOLUTELY freezing, the middle of winter out in the mountains. It was a long drive there, and as soon as we got there and put all our stuff down it started raining. I ended up shooting, in 3-4 degrees, while it was sprinkling and then hiding under cover while it poured. I was wearing a body suit and antlers in the forest. It was a magical shoot, but I will never forget how cold it was and not being able to feel my hands.

Are there any outfits in particular that you love to model in, or do you prefer to be quite versatile with your choices? I really enjoy doing different photo shoots. My style is very versatile in general, so I don’t think I will ever just shoot one style, or one range/product. I love being able to transform myself, and doing modeling is such a wonderful medium to do so. There is one thing I want to do though. I want to do a photo shoot on a huge Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Australian drag film) shoe on top of a bus in the desert (If you have seen this film you will know what I mean). How would you describe your own personal style? I really don’t know. I am constantly playing with different styles and my wardrobe is full of so many different outfits and styles. It really depends on what I’m doing, or what kind of day it is and how I’m feeling. I wear heels, a lot. Is there anything or anyone in particular that inspires you when it comes to modeling? I get a lot of inspiration from fashion, from the old and new and photographers/models/stylist/make up artists etc. I get inspiration from the people I surround myself with and the people who work in the same industry. What are your views on the current modeling industry? Where I live there’s a pretty small scene, and everyone knows each other. There will always be drama and bitchiness between people and business, and it’s too easy to get sucked into that world. It sucks to say that, but it’s like that in any industry. If you know what you want to do and do it right, then you will succeed. I just think some people get too carried away with other things and don’t focus on the work intended. Are there any designers/photographers/other models that you would love to collaborate with one day? Absolutely! There are so many amazing designers and photographers from the UK and Europe I want to work with, along with some very talented pin up/fashion photographer and models in America. If you could give any aspiring models one important piece of advice, what would it be? Be yourself, don’t succumb to bitchiness, know your limits but also be willing to push them sometimes, and don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Photography: Alf Caruana Corset, tutu, hosiery, fascinator and accessories: Kornelia's Kloset 48 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE




Beverly Ann Icely Photography How did you get started as a photographer? When I was younger my mum would always have a camera in front of her face. At one point my sister believed our mum was a camera haha. I was always drawn to the fact she could capture a moment of happiness with one click. Also my granddad was a photographer and musician; my mum would always show me his photo albums… He had so much talent, sadly I didn’t get to meet him. However his memory lives on in his photographs and through his music. When I was about 15 I started using film camera just messing about, you know, trying out different things. Then I upgraded to my first digital; it was a Fujifilm. From then on no one could stop me. I kept upgrading my camera until I ended up with the Canon 40D! My god it’s been a BEAUTY, I have captured many great moments with it. Now working my ass off to save for the 5D mark ii. So I guess I can say it’s thanks to my mum why my passion for photography has grown so strong. Your main pieces of equipment are? Canon 40D, canon flashgun 430EXii, Beauty dish that I use for most of my photographs, which was recently given to me by my former awesome teacher Andy White where I studied at Mid Cheshire College, London Road. What are some of the concepts/themes you love to explore? A lot of people think my photos are strange, but I like the fact they think that. It’s better than them thinking they are boring! So I don’t really stick to themes, I just go with what’s in my mind. Where do you draw your inspiration from? My head it’s very good at times… I will be sitting there and I just come up with this idea, so I actually draw it out to see how it would look (if I don’t have a memo it may be forgotten). But there are some amazing photographers out there who give me so much inspiration. Especially Kristy Mitchell every time I think of how far she has come as a photographer it helps me to keep going. Trying my very best to make it out there. With so many trying their hand at being a photographer these days, how do you keep your style unique? Well I try to make props for my photoshoots that makes them more unique, because no one else will have them! So that’s a good tip I think. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? I would like to work alongside with Kristy Mitchell on a shoot. Or Nick Night, because they are both such strong photographers with so much talent. It would be such an honour to shoot with them. Also I would love to photograph Dita Von Teese because she is very beautiful and unique. Do you have any major goals you hope to achieve this year? Well I have taken a year out instead of going to university straight from college because I want to make sure I fully know where I want to go, so in this year my goals are just to keep shooting as much as I can and NEVER STOP! MODELS: Beverly Ann Icely Jessica Wilcock


Nicole Ferreira


How did you get involved with modeling and can you remember what your first photoshoot was like? I got involved with modeling through competing in Fitness and Bikini Competitions. In 2002 at my first National Competition, I was asked to do a test shoot for American Curves and Musclemag Magazines. This photo shoot was so much fun! Having my hair and make-up done, and being on a studio set was such a thrill. I got hooked!

Are there any concepts/themes that you would love to explore in the future? Recently I’ve been shooting pin-up and alternative styles. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been published in both style magazines (The Cat’s Meow; Bella Morte; Vicious Betty’s; Goomah). How would you describe your personal style? Honestly, I’m very easy going and I like to feel comfortable. I don’t wear much makeup normally, and I like to wear jeans and a t-shirt or a comfortable sundress (weather appropriate of course!)

What has been your favourite photoshoot so far? My favourite, and most memorable photo shoot so far was with Playboy in New York City. I attended a casting call, was selected, and was hired to shoot for the magazine! A dream come true :) The photo shoot was professionally done, and incredibly exciting. I was published in Playboy’s Vixens, Sexy Girls Next Door, and Hot Shots magazines.

What are your views on the current modeling industry? I believe there’s a lot of opportunity, you just have to find your niche. Making money requires traveling, and perhaps moving to a major city like LA or NYC. I, personally, enjoy being a freelance model, and shooting for magazine publication.

Are there any outfits in particular that you love to model in, or do you prefer to be quite versatile with your choices? I really love fitness style modeling, and that is what started me out... Wearing glamour style wardrobe in a fitness setting seems to be my favourite.

If you could give any aspiring models one important piece of advice, what would it be? I suggest you try a National modeling or a bikini competition. There are always magazines and companies looking for models. It would be a quick way to get involved, and possibly published.


Photographer: Lady Lux Productions Model: Nicole Ferreira MUAH: Chingching NG


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VOLUME: Missy Le Pink What are some of your favourite designers/ brands? Well, I pretty much like to support independent designers and artists, so I’m not much of a “corporate brand” lover as such; in fact I do my best to avoid them! Especially when the labels are obvious, I can’t see the point of advertising their wares on my self, they have billboards and supermodels for that! Having said that, if Gretsch Guitars made more clothes I probably would ;) I really admire the work of Miss Katie (amazing corsetry), latex wear by Krystina Kitsis of EctoMorph, Ana of Inner Sanctum, Lady Lucie Latex, and some of the new designers appearing on the scene!

What was it that initially got you interested in the whole punk/rockabilly scene? The music. It’s in my blood… It’s very clear to see a correlation between your music and your style. The rockabilly scene (both musically and clothing wise) has definitely grown in popularity over the years. Why do you think this is? I guess if something is as classic as the Rockabilly sound (and style), it will never die. Different generations will always research the past and dig out what they are attracted to or the musical roots that everything comes from, hence things going round and round

to a Vive Le Rock gig in a very tight 1940’s style dress from Deadly Dames, and during the evening when I sat down, it decided to split about ten inches straight down the back, so my ass was exposed! Luckily my friend Alison was on hand with a long headscarf, so I borrowed that to get home! Alison, if you are reading this I still have your scarf!

“Now, more than ever I think people are searching for music that was well made, without too many gimmicks, and performed with heart and passion - as all Rockabilly is." Shoes are my super passion, so anything with a very high heel gets me excited! I adore the work of Natascha Marro, Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen when he was designing, (RIP). For menswear I like Baracuta for their classic and timeless menswear (notably they do a wonderful Jimmy Dean-esque red jacket!), and Fred Perry do some great classic designs. Otherwise it’s independent Rock and Roll shopping, all the way! Where do you do most of your shopping? Mainly in independent designers’ boutiques online, in studios or on home visits for fittings etc, as these items are usually made to measure. I usually do photo shoots in exchange for clothes due to damning financial restraints. I’m sure my wardrobe would be enormous by now if I didn’t have that boring old restriction! Who or what inspires your personal style? The music I like to listen to and make, I’m a very visual listener! I also used to continuously watch lots of old classic films throughout my childhood. The 30’s, 40’s and 50’s era starlets were always impeccably dressed and coiffured, and have made burning imprints on my mind.

What do you like to wear when you’re not on stage? 40’s/50’s pencil skirts and dresses, and classic turn up jeans/capri trousers, paired with Rock and Roll t-shirts, high heels or converse mainly! I used to never be seen out in jeans or flat shoes, but these days I have a bike, and I found out the hard way that skirts and heels are not entirely practical on it!

Any other information you feel our readers and your fans would love to know about you? I guess I’d like people to know that I am pretty transparent. I don’t care to put on a very unrealistic facade I don’t feel I can live up to. I say this because sometimes I read articles about people I think are doing really well as creatives, or are great musicians or generally people I admire or who’s work I like, and then I either bump into them, or read or watch interviews with them, and realise they aren’t what they appear to be projecting, or don’t back up their “claims” as it were, and I feel terribly disappointed! The illusion is shattered. I’ve met people online before who have come to shows of mine, and they say “ooh I saw you at this, or that, but was too embarrassed to say hello or introduce myself. I assumed you’d be above that or you’d not be interested in speaking to someone like me”. That upsets me a lot! I’m not better than anybody else. I’m certainly not perfect or amazing, but I do believe in what I do, and I think I am what I say on the tin!

Tell us about one of your latest fashion tragedies! Oh! Well, I went out for the evening

and being recycled. Now, more than ever I think people are searching for music that was well made, without too many gimmicks, and performed with heart and passion - as all Rockabilly is. You only have to take a look at what’s in the mainstream music world to know it’s not particularly moving or have much longevity. It’s fast, cheap and disposable, like most things these days. For instance you only have to listen to an old Wanda Jackson or Johnny Cash record, and compare it to a Cheryl Cole or Kanye West download. The experience doesn’t exactly compare, or have a lasting impression on or give a real fulfillment to the listener.





Having a unique identity in an industry completely oversaturated is hard, but Canadian rockers Billy Talent seem to have carved out their own niche little corner. Breaking their eponymous album titling, it seems ‘Dead Silence’ is a fresh start, a vast improvement on 2009’s ‘Billy Talent III’, which paled in comparison to its predecessor. Though their energy has never been lacking in a live setting, it seems album number four has rejuvenated that vibe in their recordings. Lead single ‘Viking Death March’ typifies the grit visible throughout their music, and it’s immediately a stand out track. ‘Surprise Surprise’ has an undeniable bounce to it, one that will easily send crowds into disarray. They’ve always had a flair for writing songs suited to a live setting, and they’ve not lost it. Aggressive and vigorous, many of these numbers will simply explode on stage. But, it’s not all so assaulting. The simpler counterparts like ‘Swallowed Up By The Ocean’ and ‘Stand Up and Run’ show a lighter versatility to the band’s capabilities. Soaring as they may be, there’s still an essence of the band at their core. Intentionally including slower tracks can often feel misplaced on records, but this flows effortlessly between anthemic waves and shredding displays. The record does need time to grow at times. The singles sell this release immediately, but some other tracks need a few listens to really click. Having said that, when they do click this record is undeniably brilliant. Billy Talent have managed to progress their sound and tread new territory yet maintain themselves in the process. ‘Dead Silence’ is brilliant, and the musical journey seems nothing other than natural.



Hailing from a successful metal family can be a hindrance in forging your own musical path, as Incite frontman Richie Cavalera has grown to know. What sells a band in this position, however, is defining their sound and band identity away from preconceived notions. And, with years of work going into this process, their sophomore record ‘All Out War’ signifies that tipping point. ‘All Out War’ is Incite’s own monster, indulging in thrash to the nth degree, and bringing a groove element to their work. As proven on their run with Soulfly, these tracks absolutely kill it in a live setting and - as more make the cut for setlists - it’s fair to suggest those will follow suit. ‘Aftermath’ is a statement of intent for the entire album - it’s heavy, it’s vicious, yet there’s a certain groove to make it more appealing. It simply demands a pit… it demands movement. ‘4ever Loko’ is practically designed for a live setting - addictive riffs, repeated vocals, enough interludes to dedicate solely to thrashing around. ‘All Out War’ seems more personal than their previous work lyrically, and much tighter musically. They’ve taken time to craft their debut’s successor so that they make a mark. It’s a solid release, a big step up from ‘The Slaughter’, yet leaves room for improvement and progression when they tackle album number three.




Just like sex and drugs is synonymous with rock and roll, so are women. Danko Jones have never hidden the fact that they like to appreciate women in their music - albeit a lot more tastefully than many chart hits today - and ‘Rock and Roll is Black and Blue’ happily dedicates track after track to the female form. ‘Terrified’ kicks off with a chugging riff, teaming an addictive rhythm to the verse and a huge chorus. A small interlude sees the down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll aspects come to the front in this guitar heavy offering, setting the general consensus for the record: musically - this album is great. ‘Get Up’ is one of the catchiest numbers on the record, the groove of that riff is undeniable, reflecting the club vibe vocalised throughout, while ‘Legs’ has a neat bluesy drawl. However, amid these insatiably good guitar riffs, the lyrics are disappointing. ‘Legs’ genuinely does what it says on the tin - an entire track that repeats ‘legs’ and prefers that they are ten feet tall and are wrapped around him. Or what about ‘You don’t give a shit when you’ve got the biggest dick’? Long term fans of Danko Jones will assumedly have come to terms with this style of lyricism, yet it just seemed a bit off. ‘I Don’t Care’ vouches for the fact it is purely based on female appreciation - he doesn’t care if the world is about to blow up, all he cares about is if she’s into him. Nice, eh? Musically, this is a straight up rock record and it’s brilliant, but it’s not enough to save the release from those lyrics, which is a real shame.



Losing a vocalist is a shock to any line-up, the challenge is overcoming that hurdle. We Are The Ocean’s third album had many questions surrounding it following the shock-exit of Dan Brown, yet any worries surrounding ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’ proved worthless. Luring the listener in with a delicate piano prelude in ‘Stanford Rivers’, the album kicks into high gear as the bouncing riff of ‘Bleed’ takes centre stage. Immediately, the band’s intent is clear: they’re proving their worth in British rock, and they’re going to push the boundaries. The tracks are so confident and bold; it’s hard not to feel drawn into this rock revolution. This record reinforces the excellence in Liam Cromby’s vocals, from the rougher rock quality to his more restrained counterparts. ‘Machine’ possesses inspiring undertones despite a harsher musical overtone, while ‘Young Heart’ maintains an uplifting feel as it soars through the chorus. Some moments feel untameable, fleeting between straight up rock attacks to acoustic folk-rock numbers with a natural ease. This record simply screams maturity, from the lyrical content of standing on their own two feet and fighting oppression, to the sense of growth in the band’s journey together. We Are The Ocean have proven that despite a serious line-up change, they’re capable of rivalling British rock out there. They can rock out like no one else, but they aren’t afraid to strip some elements back to the bare essentials, and it’s this confidence in their capabilities that makes this album tight.



Some bands are unique, and then there’s We Are The Physics. It’s been a long time overdue, but their new record ‘Your Friend, The Atom’ embodies the band’s qualities - their quirk, their unpredictability - and shows the listener just how enjoyable a little dose of chaos can be. They are mad, but in a wonderful way. Some bands seem to force a sense of experimentation on their music, but this just seems to be their natural quirk. ‘Go Go Nucleo -> For Science’ opens with a metallic dissonance, fusing itself with their ever-prominent rock undertones. They’re tight, very pronounced and enunciate every little nuance, vocally or musically. ‘Applied Robotics’ is erratic, ‘Cluedo’ sounds like a rock theme track for a kid’s super sleuth show, but it somehow works. ‘All My Friends are JPEGs’ perfectly demonstrates the band’s talent for switching up tempos and beats with ease. Transitions can be jagged, or they can be smooth, but in a wildly wonderful way the band tie these differences into their musical aesthetic. While many albums can allow for a generalisation to describe a few songs, this record is so diverse that it’d require a track by track breakdown. But, then again, that would take away from the power of their unpredictability. It may be difficult for some to get their head around, but every now and then you need a band to shake things up with something a little different, and We Are The Physics have done just that.



As Bullet for My Valentine’s Matt Tuck joined forces with Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats, mass hysteria circulated the internet over the merging of their talents. Completing their line-up with names plucked from Glamour of the Kill, Pitchshifter and Rise To Remain, it was clear that, at the very least, this was going to be a mesh of metal madness. And, ultimately that’s what it is. It’s clear as you listen that all those involved seemed to be having a great time mixing their creativity, though their separate identities do shine through; some tracks simply scream Cancer Bats, or riffs inevitably lead the ear towards Bullet. With a fast paced approach to creating this record, there’s a live essence to it, a rough and ready quality that makes the brutal breakdowns all that more notable, or the vocals appear as if in front of a crowd. This album will absolutely kill in a live setting. ‘Exochrist’ feels big, melodic at first before it drops into an addictive brooding riff, both flitting between and overlapping Cormier’s gruff roars with Tuck’s clean vocals. ‘Collide’ shifts gears from the assault into an elegant piano introduction, progressing back into their distortion with an atmospheric mix of the two. For the most part, this is a gruelling metalcore assault, but there’s an added flavour to this record. There’s an edge created in merging their styles that sets certain tracks apart. Admittedly, it’s not the most grabbing album on a first play, but there’s definitely something in there that will translate into a fantastic live show.




It feels like HIM have been off the radar for quite some time now. No one is really mentioning them, news outlets haven’t covered much of them and it begs the question -where have they gone? Though their new release ‘XX - Two Decades of Love Metal’ cannot answer this and is, for the most part, a mere trip down memory lane, there is a tantalising new track on offer to at least satisfy some longing for new HIM. Following on from their new ballsy rendition of ‘Strange World’, fans are taken through classics from ‘Join Me’ and ‘Wings of a Butterfly’ to ‘The Funeral of Hearts’ and ‘Right Here In My Arms’. The latter half of the record recounts tracks including ‘Killing Loneliness’, ‘When Love and Death Embrace’ and ‘Heartache Every Moment’, successfully outlining the Finnish band’s stellar career to date. As with most compilations, it is relatively unexciting. There’s little here you wouldn’t already have, if you were inclined to buy it, but it’s at least something. And that’s all fans really need right now, a snippet of something from the band who seem to have disappeared, something to get excited about. HIM have had quite a career up until this point, and it’s at least a nice opportunity to relive some of the tracks to your early teens, while hoping for something new from the band sooner rather than later.



When life gets you down, you fight back - that’s what Papa Roach have done with their seventh record ‘The Connection’. Open in their music from the start, this sees Jacoby Shaddix find therapy in his music through a dark period in his life. Electronics may not be for everyone, but 2010’s live album ‘Time For Annihilation’ hinted at where they were to take their sound with their few original numbers. Thankfully, it’s not as brash as say, Korn’s ‘Path of Totality’. Where they fully indulged their sound in dubstep, Papa Roach use electronics more sparingly, layering them deliberately around their own sounds to add a new dimension. Naturally, some are more electro-heavy than others. ‘Silence Is The Enemy’ is a stand out number, yet it works as a prime example of how massive electronics can enhance, not inhibit, their sound. ‘Before I Die’ utilises these sounds for an emotional dimension. Amidst Jacoby’s heartfelt vocals, there’s a texture added to the track; it’s here you see just how specific their usage has been. Nothing is there for the sake of it. Don’t be fooled though, this has Papa Roach’s rock swagger written all over it. There’s the unrelenting bounce, the brooding riffs and they’ve progressed into new territory without losing themselves at all. The honesty of Jacoby’s lyrics in this record is a selling point, so much so you can pick out a raw quality in his vocal offerings, from the questioning in ‘Wish You Never Met Me’ to angst-ridden snarls. This album is personal and it’s real, and when a band puts so much of themselves into their music, it gives their music a quality other bands can only dream of. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 63



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