Album: Paroxysm of Hatred
Released date: January 22nd, 2018
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Memento Mori
What we have here is the sophomore studio full-length album of the Greek death/thrash metal quartet Rapture. This record, named “Paroxysm of Hatred“, was released just last January 22nd of 2018 under the banner of the Spanish extreme music record label Memento Mori. Many have strongly criticized this offering saying that the only thing that made this material competent is its strong veneration to the old guards of the thrash and death metal genre. Well, yes, the band has that evident traces of a powerful worship to early music of bands like Demolition Hammer, Massacra, Dark Angel, Kreator, “Leprosy” and “Spiritual Healing” era Death, and “Altars of Madness” era Morbid Angel; but what Rapture did is that they took those violent and aggressive elements from the mentioned bands above and boosted it a couple of more times to manufacture their own brand of barbaric and skull fracturing death/thrash metal music.
Rapture’s extreme music marque has that speed of the 80s Teutonic thrash metal groups with a toughen-up tightness of early 90s Demolition Hammer and late 80s Dark Angel, which is then tangled with the ferocity of classic straightforward Florida death metal music. Now that formula maybe common to hordes of bands these days playing under the death/thrash metal genre, but Rapture knows how to mix up these ingredients right and even scaling it up to a more savage result. An outburst of lethal energy and impetus piercing extreme music with some fast tremolo riffs and howling solos and uncompromisingly relentless drumming will bombard those who dare listen to this battering magnum opus.
In tracks like ‘Vanishing Innocence‘, ‘Paroxysm of Hatred: Procreation‘, ‘Taken By Apathy‘, ‘Quintessence Of Lunacy‘, and ‘Paroxysm of Hatred: Revelation‘, an eruption of insane and unadulterated thrash guitar playing and relentless pounding drum section will satisfy fans of both thrash and death metal. A maelstrom of saw-toothed riffs and sinister tremolo picking, especially on the mentioned tracks above, are what the listeners would encounter in the guitar area during the forty-one minutes of running time of “Paroxysm of Hatred“. The tunes here contain numerous pile of varying riffs that range from frantic tremolo picking to more throbbing grooves and then to a ‘non compos mentis’ kaleidoscopic death metal riff. The two axemen of Rapture sure knows how to succeed in bringing to completion a thrasher’s craving for a record with a chainsaw-laden guitar section.
Listen to the songs carefully and you can also hear that the bass playing here is pretty busy and active. But, like the familiar standards of the late 80s and early 90s thrash music, the bass line is subdued and subjugated by the rhythm guitar and the fury of the drum. Speaking of the drums, it’s one hell of a chaotic and bludgeoning affair as it sounds like the drum kit is getting compellingly blown up by the drummer with his crushing and exceptionally tight performance. Man, the guy behind the drums is just pure fucking aggression in his approach and it fits well to the offering as it is the primary focus of this album.
Going to the vocal department of this opus; it is harsh and feral. It’s one of those brusque growl deliveries that we here from early death metal releases during the premature stage of the genre. The frontman’s vocal dispatch really adds intensity to the already potent and overpowering temperament of this material. His barbarous singing really goes well together with all the other instruments here. In the matter of production, it is semi-polished with a somewhat balance qualities as to the audibility of the instruments, yet it has those meaty and raw traits that are of course what’s keeping this death/thrash record in a precise form which is the way it needs to be.
In the end, this album may not reinvent the wheel or push the modern death/thrash metal genre to a whole new level. In fact, others might even say that Rapture is a complete copycat of those other groups from the genre who had come before them. But, even with all the other whining about this offering, “Paroxysm of Hatred” is still a hell of a release. These Greek thrashers are one of those few extreme metal hordes out there that are so capable of pulling off a classic death/thrash metal material by blending together elements of both death and thrash with such power and authority. We can call this potency and magnetism a real talent, as only a few modern bands these days have what it takes to execute what Rapture had accomplished here.
To conclude my review, “Paroxysm of Hatred” is arguably one of the most aggressive extreme metal opuses to come out from Greece. This album is a must own, and I highly recommend fans of both thrash metal and straightforward classic death metal to go and grab a copy of this bellicose masterpiece.
Originally written for https://thepitofthedamned.blogspot.com