Apparition – Fear The Apparition

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Fear The Apparition is a headbangers wet dream, nothing but quality old school death metal as far as the ears can hear. Start to finish this is killer extreme metal and so much so that I believe that many purists would find it to be to their standards. If you love death metal from the late 80s and early 90s then this is a band that you need to keep an eye on, because based on this masterpiece I can tell you right now, these guys will be going places.

Artist: Apparition
Album: Fear The Apparition
Label: FDA Records, Headsplit Records 
Release Date: Digital/CD: July 2023, Vinyl: February 2nd, 2024
Location: Zaragoza, Spain

Written by James Sweetlove

Have you ever heard a band for the first time and immediately thought, “oh man another underground gem from the late 80s/early 90s” and then realised that you are in fact listening to the debut album of a newcomer to OSDM? Well Apparition had that exact effect on me, an effect further compounded by their album art and logo styling, everything about this screams old school.

I’m here today to tell you that this is not a worship band, yes they pay homage to many of greats but this music easily stands on its own two feet when held up against the standard set by its peers. Immediately a few bands come to mind when hearing this, namely Asphyx, Pestilence, Skeletal Remains and Obituary to name a few. There are elements on this release inspired by these and countless other bands, but woven together expertly into something fresh, new and exciting.

I think what really excites me about this album is the authenticity of the raw passion, drive and energy that comes through in the music. This feels like it has the conviction that the genre’s pioneers had when this style of music was first being formed and shaped. There’s a sort of unstoppable force that comes through in both the vocals and the instruments.

As far as the vocals go, the band delivery a quality product. There’s a perfect balance between raw and guttural that has a sort of Martin van Drunen meets Chris Monroy bark to it. They have that understandability that I love about traditional OSDM vocals, while still being both commanding and sinister. They also aren’t used ad nauseam and give the instrumentals plenty of time to shine and breathe.

Instrumentally the album actually has some thrash influence, which means plenty of tasty riffs and high speed shredding. The core of the sound is very much death metal though, with crunchy guitar tone and crushing heaviness and a killer horror/evil atmosphere. The thrash elements mostly serve to pick up the pace at times and give us some memorable moments of shredding as well as some additional catchy rhythm.

Overall Fear The Apparition is a headbangers wet dream, nothing but quality old school death metal as far as the ears can hear. Start to finish this is killer extreme metal and so much so that I believe that many purists would find it to be to their standards. If you love death metal from the late 80s and early 90s then this is a band that you need to keep an eye on, because based on this masterpiece I can tell you right now, these guys will be going places.

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