The year is kicking off strong in the music world, bands are not holding back and are releasing some amazing ear bleeding tunes. We at Overdrive Music Magazine had the opportunity to check out the brand new full-length album ‘Paroxysm of Hatred’ by Rapture a Death/Thrash band from Athens, Greece.
The band is made up of Apostolos Papadimitriou on Guitars, and Vocals, Nikitas Melios on Guitars, Stamatis Petrou on Bass, and Giorgos Melios on Drums. They formed in early 2013, releasing a demo that same year. In 2014 the guys released another demo, it was the following year 2015 that seen them with their first full-length album called ‘Crimes Against Humanity’, released under Witches Brew. According to their Facebook page, this was seen with good reviews. An EP followed, ‘Total Madness Reigns’ was released in 2016.
Now we are done with a little backstory lets jump into 2018, 22 January will see their second full-length album launch under Spanish label Memento Mori. You can hear on the first listen that these guys are taking note as they grow as a band. Their influences are undeniable. “Invoking the spirit of bands like Dark Angel, Demolition Hammer, early Death, Sadus, Slayer, Merciless, Protector, Rigor Mortis, Massacra, Sepultra, Destruction, Num Skull, early Pestilence and Sodom, they whip up a storm of feelings in even the most hardened veterans.”
There are eight tracks that complete this album and each one is a straight kick to the teeth, exactly what you want from a death/thrash album.
Track three, ‘Redemption through Isolation’, is a stand out on the album and is as satisfying as it is brutal.
The guys have released two singles in anticipation of the upcoming album. ‘Misanthropic outburst’, track five was released on the 11 of November 2017, and the first song ‘Thriving on Atrocity’ was released on the 22nd December 2017. They are both linked in this review for you to check out for yourself.
So, to round this review up, ‘Paroxysm of Hatred’ is a great album. Rapture takes the classic elements and uses them well to create a ferocious world for the listener to escape. You can hear that these guys are making music that they enjoy and the power comes through in their writing. Differently a band to check out.
Pre-order your copy of Paroxysm of Hatred HERE!