Two spirited LP’s set for release upon the same day in late March? Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a "March Madness" installment of Hated One’s Double Feature Reviews! Britain’s groove metal newbies Ghosts of Atlantis and Greece’s iconoclastic death-thrash outliers Rapture will each release new material on March 26th, 2021, so enjoy this double-helping of reviews, and be sure to visit the bands on the web if you dig what you read and hear!
Review of Ghosts of Atlantis – “220.127.116.11”
Since heavy metal’s glorious inception, theatricality has always been an essential element of its presentation and creative expressiveness. From the infamous antics of the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, to Iron Maiden’s never-ending parade of props, backdrops, and animatronics, or black metal’s corpse paint, spitting and burning of pig’s blood, and fire-breathing to Exhumed's chainsaw-revving, blood-splattered mascot, metal acts have long basked in the artistic freedoms that come from embracing histrionics.
Correspondingly, Ipswich, England’s symphonic groove metal newcomers Ghosts of Atlantis have studied their predecessors well and have (literally) applied what they’ve learned by employing an elaborate visual display of Atlantean corpse paint and monk-like hoods to enhance the presentation of their debut LP, 18.104.22.168, due out March 26th through Black Lion Records.
These brand-spanking-new Britons bring an incredible melodic barrage upon 22.214.171.124, and with killer cuts interspersed throughout the album like the opener “The Third Pillar”, “When Tridents Fail”, “Poseidon’s Bow”, and the closer, “The Lost Compass”, Ghosts of Atlantis have concocted and executed not only an excellent album, but also, a unique new vision.
To get a glimpse of said vision, simply press play below to witness Ghosts of Atlantis’s official video for “The Third Pillar” off 126.96.36.199, and if you’re liking what you’re hearing and seeing, follow the links provided below to order yourself a copy! \m/
Rating: 94 / 100 (A)
Genre: Symphonic Groove Metal
FFO: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, Saints of Death, Countless Skies, Neorhythm
Review of Rapture – “Malevolent Demise Incarnation”
Greek metal has long been a staple of the global community thanks to long-tenured acts such as Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Septicflesh, and Kawir, while more recent, 21st-century born stalwarts like Ravencult, Katavasia, and Rapture have continued to keep Greece firmly in the world’s metal view.
But as a noticeable majority of the metal that’s been exported from Greece to the world has been of the black metal or theatrical death varieties, Athens’s Rapture have altered tack and opted for a surprisingly different approach through writing, recording, and performing natural, no-frills death-thrash metal...and some solid death-thrash it is!
Representing their third full-length release (and first with Germany’s well-respected F.D.A. Records), Malevolent Demise Incarnation contains eight robust tracks worth of tenacious, well-composed death-thrash; and although opting for the more traditional genre route may seem like the softer, safer choice to some of you out there, don’t forget that where Rapture comes from, writing and releasing this kind of metal is more of a risk, if only because it breaks from the accepted norm of their national metal community. Much respect for that, no doubt.
So, to check out the official video for the title-track from Malevolent Demise Incarnation from Rapture’s bold, F.D.A. Records debut, press play below...and don’t forget to click the provided links to order yourself a copy of this forthcoming banger if you like what you hear! \m/
Rating: 92 / 100 (A-)
Release Date: March 26th, 2021
Genre: Death-Thrash Metal
FFO: Vader, Cancer, Master, Solstice, Skeletonwitch, Mortuary (Mexico)