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Artist:

Rapture

Album:

Silent Stage

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Spikefarm
Genre: [Melodic Death Metal/Melancholic Gothic Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.5


Rapture's third album 'Silent Stage' favourably surprised me. Prior to listening this album, I hadn't even heard of Rapture (although I live in Finland). Rapture is one of the "less-known" Finnish metal bands, though they definitely have earned their spurs to be more widely recognized.

The music of Rapture is really reminiscent to that of Katatonia's (it's a mixture of melancholic gothic rock and melodic death metal). Therefore, there is no question of Rapture not being influenced by Katatonia (and early Paradise Lost). In addition, there's a small amount of Opeth in their music as well. Nevertheless, there's nothing wrong with emulation of well known artists with distinctive styles if it's done well.

Silent Stage has been produced rather well... The sounds are apt and the mastering has been done professionally. The recordings are clean, and fortunately not at the expense of the atmosphere.

Rapture's Silent Stage is rather good album. The quality of material is quite steady throughout the whole album, and thus there aren't any weak songs. There aren't too many bands trying to emulate Katatonia, and thus Rapture is a welcome sight on the metal scene. In case you listen to Katatonia and the like, you should definitely check out Rapture.

Release date: March 7th, 2005 (International), Silent Stage has already been released in Finland (February 16th, 2005)

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- MAGE (February 19th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Eskelinen, Petri: Vocals
Villberg, Henri: Vocals
Ullgren, Tomi: Guitar
Ahokas, Aleksi: Guitar
Hinkka, Sami: Bass
Ruotsalainen, Samuel: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Rapture - Silent Stage  CD  Cover Image
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 (Closure)
08. Cold on My Side
09. Completion

Length: 41:25
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