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Rapture Songs for the Withering

1. Nameless 2. Gallows 3. Two Dead Names 4. Transfixion 5. The Vast 6. Raintracks 7. Enveloped 8. The Great Distance 9. Farewell
2002 Century Media Records, Spinefarm Records
Our score 8


It's truly remarkable when a band releases their debut to worldwide critical acclaim. What's even more amazing is when the same band releases the follow up a year later and it not only destroys its predecessor, but ends up being a ground breaking new hope for metal in this new year. On the surface, Rapture is a melodic metal band. After digging deeper they are much much more than the genre could ever hold tight within its grasp. Katatonia is the first band that comes to mind as a comparison to the overall feel and sound of Rapture. Now, more than ever, they have developed a sound all there own. Incorporating singing into the majority of "Songs for the Withering" is just one of the added treats that this powerhouse utilizes to allow their music to be accessible to the metal masses. "Nameless" starts it all off at five minutes of pure melodic, dare I say doom, feeling that tends to seep into each cut off this album. The dismal touch to this song as well as the whole album, is accentuated by sung chorus "all my dreams they die on me and I don't think there's ever healing it." Amazing verses like this make for a great time into the minds of these Finnish kings of suicide metal. "Gallows" takes a more Daylight Dies/older-Rapture approach with an all-growled vocal delivery, always keeping the mid-paced doom feel throughout the duration. "Two Dead Names" withers just shy of the four minute mark. This is the album's softest and most melodic song. For this the shortest song, you're awarded with all clean vocals over a sultry, urban-decay sounding sphere of madness. "The Great Distance" is a passionate, brutal, and final journey down suicide lane for the listener. This also happens to be one of the year's most astounding songs. All elements of what make Rapture so redeeming are present here during the darkest hour of "Songs for the Withering." To say that this album title is fitting, would be an extreme understatement. Bottom Line: "Songs for the Withering" is a standout release from a band that's undoubtedly going to pave the way for metal to possibly gain significant mainstream media attention. It could be now or in the near future, either way, it won't be long. Rapture is a brilliant band and is on route to create an opus that's sure to be considered in every metal fan's Top 10 List of All Time. Rapture is that good and I can hardly wait for this adventure. Get this album when it's released on February 2003 in the U.S. by Century Media, or seek out the Euro Import through Spinefarm. Enjoy the cheap price of Rapture releases while you can, Universal Records has just secured the first right of refusal in America for all future Spinefarm releases. The band's debut "Futile" is still widely available through Relapse.


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