ABSTRACT RAPTURE – Hollow Motion

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Black n’ Purple Records
Released: December 2018
Buy Album: https://www.wiseband.com/yo/shop.php?boutique=6540&fbclid=IwAR1ej0e9WVOqHubqcxrApuPdd_OpkPnjNTgnKsaaI5rY0CcXWIrYYQxfAa4
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/abstractrapture/

Band line-up:

Spit – Drums
Maks – Bass
Alex – Guitars
Nol – Guitars
Drittt – Vocals

Tracklisting:

01. A Promise From The Ghouls 5:15
02. The Cancer In Your Soul 4:54
03. Dance Of The Hanged Men 0:48
04. Endless Chapter 5:17
05. Blood-Red Revolt 4:38
06. …And Winter Comes 1:04
07. Inner Plague 5:39
08. Venom Skies 6:56
09. The Fear Industry 5:12
10. Hollow Soul 5:19
11. Ego Non Te Absolvo (A Drunken Conclusion) 5:20

Review

The very first thing I heard when playing the first track on this album was what I felt would be one of the bands biggest influences – Metallica, which is often the case with some thrash metal bands. These guys are clever though. It was enough of a hint to make you realise from the get-go what to expect but it was little enough that they made it their own.

This album is your fairly typical death/thrash metal album. The songs are pretty long. In fact, apart from the two tracks that serve as little breaks none of the songs are under 4 and a half minutes. Which is a good thing, I love when tracks have this amount of effort put into them. I love it when bands are able to fill an album that easily takes an hour to listen to. It’s a good album to escape with when they’re this long.

Musically the riffs are harsh, the solos are intricate and there’s no shortage of good licks and breakdowns to get your head banging away to it. Endless Chapter is a song which has every one of those epic death metal elements we as metalheads love. Blood-Red Revolt has one kick-ass solo with an excellent breakdown and is probably one of the best tracks on the album – it’s also the shortest track at 4:38, which just goes to show just how much work they put into the tracks.

If I were to list what some of their inspirations may be from sound alone I would say that there are elements of Metallica, Slayer, Machine Head, Sepultura, Pantera and a few really good big bands that we love. It would appear they are reviving the best of the 80s and 90s death metal scenes with a little something extra and that is most definitely something I can get behind.

A brutal album to say the least and a true ass kicker of the metal world, it’s a shame that whilst this band whilst has been around since 2001, it hasn’t received more recognition. Hopefully, this showstopper of an album will be enough to bring them into the light with more in store for them in 2019.

Review by

Courtney Solloway

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