Rapture
Malevolent Demise Incarnation

So I’m finally getting to a couple of FDA Record’s releases from earlier this summer, Deathswarm’s Forward Into Oblivion, and this, the third full length album from Greece’s Rapture, a band I have not heard before. Both deliver what you’d expect from FDA Records at this point, but Rapture certainly has a bit of a thrash edge, compared to most of the label’s releases.

What caught my ear were the vocals of Apostolos Papadimitriou, who is a dead ringer for Scott Ruth of Ripping Corpse/filed down teeth fame. However musically, while Ripping Corpse is a little bit of an influence vocally, Rapture deliver a high octane death/thrash mix, with a heavy influence from the German scene, namely Kreator., as well as maybe a little bit of Dark Angel.

There really isn’t that much more to dig into. FDA records rarely missteps, and this is a solid 43 minutes of snarling death/thrash metal, that leans a little more into the nastier side with some death metal growls and blasts here as heard on “I Am Become Death” (and a few brief atmospheric moments) and there. Song titles like “Birthrape Leftovers, Praising the Maggots” and “Malevolent Demise Incarnation” tease a more brutal death metal theme, but in reality, Rapture and more of a juiced-up thrash act.

That all said, I probably won’t be revisiting this any time soon, as none of the songs really jumped out at me, even 8 minute closer “Requiem for a Woeful Dynasty (Memento Mori)” which delivers a wide range of pacing and speeds. But it adds another decent record to FDA’s catalog.

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Written by Erik T
June 28th, 2021

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