Rapture – Malevolent Demise Incarnation (Review)

Rapture - Malevolent Demise IncarnationRapture are a Greek death/thrash metal band and this is their third album.

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some death/thrash, and Malevolent Demise Incarnation is just the sort of release to get stuck into. These songs are high octane blood pumpers, and across 44 minutes Rapture showcase what they’re made of.

Death metal and thrash collide across these tracks. Boasting furious licks and molten riffs, these songs are full of hooks and satisfying songwriting. There’s a good mixture of paces and moods, and the band’s grasp of dynamics and transitions is strong. They’re also not above showing off their atmospheric side on occasion, which is great to hear. Vocally the singer mostly alternates between harsh thrash-shouts, and deep death growls; both hit the spot nicely, as do the other styles that are infrequently deployed.

So, Rapture’s style is sort of a combination of Kreator-esque thrash and US death metal, at least for the most part. Thrash seems to be the underlying style, which is then built on with burly death metal influences. This has resulted in songs that take strengths from both; the sharp riffs and keen energy of thrash is married to the brutal heaviness and belligerent appeal of death metal.

There’s more here than just the above though. Rapture know how to shred, and the complexity of these songs can sometimes be surprising. Amidst the casual brutality and serrated aggression you’ll find unexpected moments of technicality. Not only this, but sometimes this is expressed in non-standard ways, such as a brief cosmic psychedelic workout, or a passage with clear progressive leanings. However it manifests, the technicality is a welcome aspect of the band’s music, one which adds a lot to their songs.

So, a mix of acts like Kreator, Sepultura, Malevolent Creation, and Atheist then? Sort of. It’s a decent enough starting point, although I’m pleased to say that Rapture have made their own home within the death/thrash landscape. Malevolent Demise Incarnation is a really strong, enjoyable record.

Very highly recommended.

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