French metallers Betraying The Martyrs are back with their fourth studio album, ‘Rapture’. You can be sure what to expect at this point; thick metalcore riffing, with synths and soundscapes peppered across the album.
Going into this record, the band have not only dealt with a line-up change, (guitarist Lucas D’Angelo leaving, replaced by Steeves Hostin) but also a van fire, that was thankfully not as tragic as it could have been. You’d be forgiven for thinking the release of this album is vital for everyone involved.
‘Ignite’ serves as a solid segue and leads us into ‘Eternal Machine’, which certainly has an energetic start, and an atmospheric ending as well.
‘Down’ continues to up the ante, and is more straight-down-the-line. As far as modern metalcore goes, this is one of the more interesting offerings. Victor Guillet‘s clean vocals also have a distinctive, gritty quality to them too, and his keyboard playing is emphasised to good use in places.
‘The Iron Gates’ proves the band are more than adept at switching things up. This deviates between a piano-led section, a blast-led second verse, a crushing breakdown in relatively quick succession. Without question, this song is a definite highlight.
But sometimes, the choruses are a little on the predictable side of things, and while ‘Parasite’ is a solid enough number, the semi-moaned macho vocal delivery of “I am the boss / And it’s time to cut you off” is a little cringey.
‘The Sound Of Letting You Go’ places more emphasis on melody, as does the almost post-hardcore ‘Imagine’. Guillet‘s clean vocals continue to carry these songs impressively, with some further dominant keyboard work to boot.
‘The Swarm’ welcomes us back into heavier terrain with its double-time intensity – Aaron Matts‘ growl is commanding in particular, combined with the hulky riffing. They can also provide some crushing breakdowns with no problems, such as the end of ‘Monster’‘Iron Gates’ and ‘Rapture’ where they go for it a bit more, and there could certainly be a lot more use of the dynamic shifts that they’re clearly capable of. But, overall, ‘Rapture’ is an intriguing, very well-put-together-album that should no doubt satisfy fans.