Rating:
9.0
Rapture - Silent Stage
7 March 2005


01. Misery 24/7
02. The Past Nightmares
03. I Am Complete
04. For The Ghosts Of Our Time
05. Silent Chrysalis Stage
06. Dreaming Of Oblivion
07. The Times We Bled
08. Cold On My Side
09. Completion


This is turning to be one of the best years for Metal, one great release after another and Rapture is no exception, this is an absolutely killer album. But first let me tell you a little about the band in case you haven't heard about them. This is the third album of these Finns, previous album 2002's "Songs For The Withering" was praised by press worldwide, they were compared with Paradise Lost and Katatonia ("Brave Murder Day" era), comparisons not far from the truth.

The band relies in catchy melodies countered by gloomy passages, clear vocals versus guttural vocals. The whole Cd is a duel between relaxed, melodic parts and slow melancholic sections. Think it as Melodic Death Metal meets Doom.

The album starts shredding apart your ears with "Misery 24/7" a powerful track with great vocals (only guttural on this one), the main lead of the song is really catchy, whether is fast or slow paced… depending on the moment. Next is "The Past Nightmares" a killer song, here is where you'll hear the clean vocals for the first time, and they're totally amazing, the song starts fast and aggressive and then becomes really paused and melancholic and then again speeds things up, a beautiful contrast.

"I Am Complete" is the most accessible song for general audiences, (I'm not using the term "commercial") is a great song and there's a big chance that your non-Metal friends will like it. "For The Ghosts Of Our Time" is an instrumental track, while "Silent Chrysalis Stage" is a Melodeath song with some gloomy clear passages, "Dreaming Of Oblivion" is a song with many tempo changes and again great vocals (both harsh and clean).
"The Times We Bleed" and "Cold On My Side" follow the same line that previous songs, while closer "Completion" is truly a Doom song, pounding slow rhythms grant a perfect ending for this masterpiece.

Definitively this album will please Metalheads from all genres, if you like Death Metal, you'll like this, if you like Doom, get this! even if you like Gothic Metal try this one. Rapture has created truly something for everyone here, hope this album marks the beginning of Rapture's career, because after 3 albums is time to get out of the shadows


Band profile: Rapture
Album: Silent Stage


 


written by Undercraft | 09.03.2005



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Infurnace - 04.01.2008 at 17:03  
I was really impressed by this album. It is really melancholic, yet heavy. The clean vocals here are very beautiful.
Vitriolic Hate - 12.12.2008 at 01:43  
Very good album, melancholic clean vocals & awesome brutal vocals!
Deadmeat - 01.02.2009 at 18:25  
I read the review and heard some songs on their myspace and i'm sure that this album deserves a try!!!
Deadmeat - 06.10.2009 at 22:29  
So after this try, i have to say that this album is excellent!!
dismaleuphony - 07.10.2009 at 09:45  
Written by Deadmeat on 06.10.2009 at 22:29

So after this try, i have to say that this album is excellent!!

Ahh, great to hear someone else enjoys this album too

I'm still entranced by some of the lyrics on this album, now 4 years later. As one of the lines in "Silent Chrysalis Stage" says: "Will you embrace this apathy? Would you cherish the melody when silence is golden?" I think the best thing about Rapture is their ability to remain warm and fragile, yet cold and silent at once.
Deadmeat - 07.10.2009 at 19:24  
Written by dismaleuphony on 07.10.2009 at 09:45

Written by Deadmeat on 06.10.2009 at 22:29

So after this try, i have to say that this album is excellent!!

Ahh, great to hear someone else enjoys this album too

I'm still entranced by some of the lyrics on this album, now 4 years later. As one of the lines in "Silent Chrysalis Stage" says: "Will you embrace this apathy? Would you cherish the melody when silence is golden?" I think the best thing about Rapture is their ability to remain warm and fragile, yet cold and silent at once.

that's true. the lyrics of this album are awesome!
InnerSelf - 08.10.2009 at 21:23  
This is their best
great clean vocals and great growls
the lyrics also are something very good
a good album overall
Justicelust - 06.05.2010 at 14:32  
Greatest melancholic album ever.
The clean vocal is awesome, I havent heared any clean vocal talented like this one. Can someone please tell me whether he sings for any other band or not.
lord artan - 20.09.2010 at 12:21  
Very beautiful album...And the vocals are pleasant...and is strong allophone...i love this melancholic album

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