Rapture
Silent Stage


4.5
superb

Review

by JizzInMyPants USER (5 Reviews)
February 15th, 2011 | 27 replies | 7,582 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More energetic Brave Murder Day era Katatonia with a pinch of Alternative 4 era Anathma

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Right from the opening track you know where you are in for, a hybrid mix of Brave Murder Day(BMD) era Katatonia with a pinch of Judgement- Alternative Four era Anathema. In this case here people, I am going to have to say that the students have surpassed the masters. Rapture took the formula of BMD and improved upon it, while doing it they shaved a lot of doom from the sound. From their blatant worship of BMD on their debut album Futile(whom many claims to have surpassed BMD alone) to expanding their sound on their second release Songs for the Withering(SFTW), this release is essentially SFTW 2.0, so there isn't much progress seen on this release. It shouldn't matter that much if you adored SFTW a lot in the first place.

The overall sound is a composition of goth rock riffs with some of the catchiest dual melodies ever known to man carefully topping the wall of gothic sound. The melodies are central to Rapture, some are depressing while some are weird enough uplifting and hopeful like the melodies present in the chorus of “The Past Nightmares” in which the growls accompany it creating majestic atmosphere. The clean vocals are above average, He kind of sounds like the middle ground between the singers of both Katatonia and Anathema, but not surpassing them in any way, just extremely solid. Whereas the growls on the other hand are excellent, expect BMD styled growls done extremely well. The album seems to have about a 50/50 split amount of growls and cleans. So the album is very accessible to even say, newcomers to death metal. Henri, the lead songwriter of the band is not trying to impress anybody with over the top technicality. The songs are mildly simple keeping to the formula of a melodic yet heavy sound. The pacing of the album is moderate, so it isn't too slow or too fast, it is just right.

If you are yearning for a band to take the old formula of Katatonia and build up on it, this is the band for you. They took the formula and made it more energetic by pumping out more Murder and Rainroom styled riffs, don't try to act like you don't know what riffs I'm talking about. This album clocks in at 45 minutes and the songs do differ from one another with there being 2 instrumentals and some songs dedicated to being growled or cleanly sung.


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JizzInMyPants
February 15th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sup, not good at reviews, but this album needs one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MrPbi3hMHo

BallsToTheWall
February 15th 2011



44164 Comments


Used to like this a lot years ago. Good review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2011



15976 Comments


Great band

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

iluvtweepop
February 15th 2011



463 Comments


lolz
i cliked on this thinking it was the indie band rapture.

good review though, i might as well check it out

Apollo
February 15th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome band and I was thinking about reviewing this bands discog actually. I might review Songs For The Withering tonight.

Smalley
February 15th 2011



108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band, need more love. They need a new album already.

Homeslice
March 13th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To surpass BMD this needs Mikael Åkerfeldt... still pretty good

Apollo
March 13th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they broke up I think a while ago

JizzInMyPants
March 14th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah they didnt break up, they played some show in february

Homeslice
March 14th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any signs of upcoming new material?

Smalley
March 19th 2011



108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Not as far as I've heard : /

Homeslice
March 31st 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this one much more than Songs for the Withering

Gmork89
July 8th 2011



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

About to listen to this courtesy of Apollo, will report back.

Apollo
July 9th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck ya brother

Gmork89
July 9th 2011



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit...so damn good, thanks Apollo.

Apollo
July 10th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hells yeah...easily one of my favorite doom albums

JizzInMyPants
July 11th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol not doom

Apollo
July 11th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol you are an idiot. This is doom.

JizzInMyPants
July 11th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if by doom you mean melo death then yeah

Gmork89
July 11th 2011



5400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah, you can't reference Brave Murder Day and Anathema and then call it closer to Melo-death than doom.



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