Review: Apostate – Time of Terror

Posted: February 25, 2015 in ALERT: Awesome new music, Reviews
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Apostate - Time of Terror

Ukrainian doomlords Apostate are unleashing their second record, ‘Time of Terror’ this year, following a five year gap since their debut ‘Trapped in a Sleep’. They’ve been together in some form on and off since 1995, but have been active mainly since 2009. Five huge tracks, compiling a full 53 minutes of dirging, melancholic death doom goodness, make up ‘Time of Terror’.

Opener ‘Solar Misconception’ sums up their sound pretty succinctly. Huge dark riffs, highlighted by mournful lead melodies and a thunderously slow pace, complete with deep throated growls make this a dream for fans of Swallow the Sun or early Anathema. The overall atmosphere is very miserable and dark, although there is an explosion of fury at the end of ‘Solar Conception’ that provides a welcome change of pace. I like this genre a lot; the crush and heft of the riffs along with the mournful leads and rumbling growls appeal to me but the key is keeping my attention. There’s no point putting in 50 odd minutes of the same thing, because I’ll turn it off. Apostate manage this purely because the songwriting is strong. Blending trad doom with the darkness of death metal and flashes of black metal ferocity keep this album working very well.

Be it the shimmering black metal influence on ‘Pale Reflection’, the crawling deathly ‘Pain Served Slow’ or the grim bleakness of crushing closer ‘World Undying’, Apostate’s sophomore album is a masterclass in sorrowful, lamenting doom majesty. This is a record that glowers from a lonesome peak at the dying world beneath, a single tear on its black cheek. Keep an eye on this lot, they could be something really good.

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Web: http://www.apostate.com.ua/
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