APOSTATE
Seaborne


4.0
excellent

Review

by I Am The Sputnikker USER (12 Reviews)
August 15th, 2011 | 32 replies | 7,539 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Apostate show off technical prowess and promise in their debut EP.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Apostate – noun: a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.

While Apostate doesn’t exactly abandon most of the principles of metalcore, their lone EP shows a profound sense of musical knowledge and songwriting that seems to indicate they could blossom into a technical machine in the near future. Just beginning their first wide-scale European tour, this Prague-based 5 piece is years ahead of their time.

Pairing fast riffs and technical leads with a driving, audible bass is definitely the key to this band’s success. There are very few sections of the EP without fast picked leads, blazing arpeggio sweeps, stop-and-start triplets, or dual-harmonized guitar parts. The only real problem with this is that occasionally the rhythm guitar reverts to more basic patterned palm muted chugs, even if they are rapidly traded off between palm muted chords and fast sweeps. The bass is also nicely at work slapping off underlying melodies and adding a frantic side to the build-up seen in “False Footsteps”.

Another great selling point of the band is the fantastic drum work. Instead of focusing on blazing double bass or a huge kit, the drummer has a fairly original idea of keeping only his kit minimal except when it comes to the china. With only a bass, snare, and two toms, his kit would seem overmatched if it weren’t for his 10 cymbals. The fine china work is expertly displayed throughout the EP, with tons of small crashes, “tings”, and huge china fills. Each cymbal sounds so perfectly different that all the small china gravities and fills sound crisp and charmingly refreshing compared most standard metalcore drumming.

Thematically, however, the album seems to be lacking and is kind of clustered into a very vague sense of desertion and abandonment much in the vein of August Burns Red. In “Omit the Words” the vocalist roars:

“They are not worth your sacrifice,
Two words are not enough to thank you,
Omit the words and vows”

While it may seem taken out of context, it is very hard to figure the context of the EP itself. It doesn’t really hinder the EP much, but it lacks a truly personal or emotive aspect to the listener.

The vocals are very harsh and resort to an off-cadence delivery to match the frantic guitar and drum lines. It works well because the vocalist can keep up and deliver his very throaty and raw growls in a way that adds a definite punch and percussive element to the instrumentals. Unfortunately the delivery is very monotone and would greatly benefit from a more diverse range over a future LP.

Apostate also includes several very well placed and timed breakdowns in the EP, most notably in the aforementioned “False Footsteps,” when a particularly blazing section immediately comes to a stop and after a half-beat, a very fine piece of china produces a series of delightful “tings” which precedes a huge bass drop and a boatload of bass slides in a refreshingly original breakdown. The usage of overlaying guitar and bass melodies and sweeps during breakdowns adds a constantly changing spice and unpredictability to what would otherwise be several very average chugging sections. They display this again in the final track, “Raised on the Blood of Heroes” when the guitarists trade each chug with pinched harmonics and a slapping bass melody. The lack of predictability in said breakdown sections makes for a surprisingly exciting listen.

In Seaborne, Apostate creates their own sound and never stops being truly creative and refined. It would be a mistake of any fan of techincal metalcore genre to let this album go unnoticed.



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xandermander
August 15th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I review albums no one gives a fuck about, come at me.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments


user ratings (15)

well I might be going out on a limb here but I'd say there's at least 15 people that give a fuck about this one.

xandermander
August 15th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the truth has been spoken

Commence discussion about how I have awful taste in music because I review metalcore albums.

combustion07
August 15th 2011



5339 Comments


Dude, metalcore... shit sucks

xandermander
August 15th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jesus I know, why won't it just die already?

bloc
August 15th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album rocks

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Handinmypants
August 16th 2011



1 Comments


This review gave me a boner!

xandermander
August 16th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First comment what's up with you?

combustion07
August 16th 2011



5339 Comments


Album is pretty cool though.

xandermander
August 16th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you enjoyed it. It's very original considering it doesn't do a whole lot different.

bloc
August 16th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds like a tamer version of The Arusha Accord

xandermander
August 17th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't even think of that but yes it's a fitting description

xandermander
October 12th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcza5sHUSHg

New song is AWESOME. So many tings!

bloc
October 12th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DAMN THOSE DRUMZZZZZZZZZZ

Good song.

ianjulian
November 21st 2011



623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

debut EP

xandermander
November 21st 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What?

jrbrown
January 7th 2012



66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, pretty decent band.

J0ckstrapsFTW
June 24th 2012



3652 Comments


Dis slays

wacknizzle
June 24th 2012



12638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This ep is pretty great, I wonder when these guys will put out a full length LP.

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xandermander
June 26th 2012



626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are releasing an EP this year, and based on the two songs they've released it should top this one for sure.



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