Rapture Cabaret have been a part of the upper-echelon of OurStage metal elite for quite some time, joining the site in March of 2008 and finishing in the Top 10 on the Metal Channel ten times. They even made the Best of the Best Rock Charts for five weeks, reaching Number 38. The band was pretty quiet during the first half of 2010, but in October they dropped a monster record called Gates of Domination that features a few OurStage favorites.
Rapture Cabaret has about as pure of a metal sound as you’ll find in modern metal bands. Reminiscent of the older, more raw Dark Tranquillity mixed with some thrash metal riffage and a sinister hint of Heaven Shall Burn, Gates of Domination showcases every tiny influence, drawing you into their fervent and deliberate sound.
Where this album truly shines is the lack of nonsense, filler material. Though a bit short, clocking in at 28 minutes, the album is filled to the brim with music”once you hit the 45 second mark, your head won’t stop banging until you’ve reached the end. Each song is perfect for air drumming, air guitar playing or shouting along to ”whatever your pretend instrument of choice might be.
The production and mix of Gates of Domination sits at a comfortable middle ground between polished and raw. You can easily hear each instrument individually in the mix (even the bass!) but no instrument has a totally clear and pristine sound. The mix adds a very welcome element to the band’s vocal sound, shown most clearly in the song “Masters of the Damned” which features a section that the vocals are performing a cappella and you can hear just how much force there is behind that sound, unlike some extra polished recordings.
A worthy addition to any metalhead’s collection, Gates of Domination is available on iTunes for a measly $7, so buy a copy! Not sold yet? Check out some of the band’s music below (which is featured on the album):
First impressions are key. In many cases, the title of your song is what draws someone in. When you give your song a lackluster title, you’re wasting an opportunity to woo your potential fans. Bands like Cannibal Corpse get it, and give their songs obscene or noteworthy titles like the ever-offensive Blunt Force Castration which is only really meant to draw attention. Below are ten of the best metal songs on OurStage. Not only do they talk the talk, but they walk the walk as well.
- Kamikaze Aliens by Japanese Kombat Car “ A strange title, but the thought of kamikaze aliens is sort of terrifying. The best part about this song is the opening quote Yeah, we don’t wanna do anything to scare your children, we don’t wanna scare anybody.
- Upon the Shoulders of Atlas by At Long Last “ Atlas was no wuss. His whole deal was that he held up the heavens, which is badass. The song has a ton of great riffs, sweeping solos, and brutal breakdowns”the perfect way to epitomize Atlas’s brutal strength.
- Hell on the High Seas by Rapture Cabaret “ If you somehow think of something other than pirates when you read this title, shame on you. Raping, pillaging, stealing and being generally delinquent, pirates are among the most metal beings in all of history (falling far short to the Vikings, of course).
- I Am The War by Final Sacrifice “ Anyone who has heard more than a couple metal songs has most likely heard one involving war, or has war in the title. But few metal songs claim to be the war. Being war is something much more extreme that simply being involved with war.
- Metaphysical Collapse by Living Corpse “ Objects physically falling over and collapsing is pretty cool, but try to wrap your mind around the metaphysical collapsing. That would be like the laws that govern the physical world ceasing to exist. At that point, it is hard to say what sort of chaos would emerge.
- Monolith by Sephiras “ A monolith is a big, heavy, upright-standing stone that is usually shaped into a pillar or monument. Sound like a particular style of music? Of course it does. Metal = monolithic. This song even has the right sound for a monolith; big, heavy and churning.
- Chainsaw Facelift by The Summoned “ Taking it to the extreme might be metal’s longest-standing mantra, and Chainsaw Facelift is a grand example of just how memorable the extreme can be. The imagery of performing a facelift with a chainsaw is not something easily forgotten.
- Blueprints for a War Machine by Process For Enigma “ The subject of war once again rears its ugly head in a metal song, but in a more calculated and sinister way. This song is out to raise some hell, and does so in a precisely calculated way to fit the song title.
- Final Judgement by Shatter This World “ Dire circumstance indeed. Whether you meet your maker at the pearly gates or the the gates of hell, final judgements are extreme. With such an extreme topic, the demand is for music to match and Shatter This World deliver.
- “Armageddon by What Dreams May Come “ The word armageddon pretty much speaks for itself. The mother of all chaos and destruction, it does not get more intense than armageddon. The song is 1:35 of pure, unadulterated, mayhem.
We’ve all been there: work getting you down, crappy weather lately, etc. Don’t worry, we have just the thing for you: a list of the most awesome and angry metal songs on OurStage; a list of ten songs that are sure to make your blood boil (in a good way). Go ahead, play these songs loud, too loud in-fact, and rage like you have never raged before. It will be a good healthy dose of metal for your day. If it leaves you wanting more, head to the OurStage metal channel and get your headbang on. Horns to the heavens, people!