Kill the Easter Rabbit – Apokatastasis   Leave a comment

Without a doubt one of the most underrated bands on the planet has to be Kill The Easter Rabbit from the land of Naples, Italy. Maybe it is their funny name that turns people off, how could you hate the cute Easter bunny anyway ? After a couple of demos, a EP titled “Murdering Your Head” in 2006 and last years split with Black Land, the band have now arrived in a big way with a full-length album called “Apokatastasis.” “Apokatastasis” is a Greek word meaning “either reconstitution or restitution” and it originally appeared in the Bible in Acts 3:21. This album released on the “Trips und Träume Records” label is a diverse piece of Sludge, Doom and stripped-down metal that has the uncanny resemblance to “High On Fire” in parts but there is also an original element to Kill The Easter Rabbit that is hard to pin-point or put an immediate tag on. It might their Sludge-Metal approach to old-school metal that harks back to the days of Venom and early Celtic Frost or it might just be their Progressive Metal edge which rears its head often throughout the album. Apart from the obvious High On Fire influence, there is also elements of everything from Kyuss to Electric Wizard so this band cast a wide net over their style making sure they are a very diverse, electic band.

The title-track which opens the album is the most groove-based tune on the album and it really stands out among the albums, slower more doomy, sludge-filled tunes. The guitar work of also vocalist “Lorenzo de Stefano” is multi-layered and a diverse beast that changes at a moment’s notice from heavy riffs of earthy sludge to sections of a kind of groovy thrash-metal while keeping the doom-edge of the band intact at all times. The close to 7 minutes of this track literally flies by with its various movements of earthshaking primitive but extremely tight Sludge-Metal. The band is held together by the machine like drumming of “Ciro a.k.a. Watt69.g” and the solid bass playing of “Emanuele Schember” who also delivers some vocals. The band bulldozer their way through the next two tracks “Oath of Tetraktys” and “Autosuggestion” keeping you mesmerized by their diversity, the riffs and the over-riding power being so great that at the end of these two tunes you are often left with no option but to hit repeat to hear what you missed the first time around. It is not that Kill The Easter Rabbit are technical but the shorter songs seem to pass you by too quickly if you are not paying attention. A sign of a good band is one that never does anything to irritate or annoyed and Kill The Easter Rabbit do have the ability to build songs that are so concise, they always seem shorter than what they are.

Another case in point is “Blind King,” nearly seven minutes long but so damn kick-ass that it charges through your brain without realizing how much real time has passed. “Blind King” still sounds original enough despite the “High On Fire” influence. It is a case of yes, I have heard that riff before but f..k it, I want to hear it again. I know where the riff comes from too but I wont pass judgement on the band because it might just be a freak coincidence, s**t happens. “Twilight of the Idols” stomps along with passionate sonic fury, in some parts of this track they seem to be channelling 90’s Swedish thrash metal bands, at least in terms of bombastic mid-tempo chugging riffs and the following “Lost in Desert” is much the same but a more direct approach on this tune. One thing is certain, you can never get bored with this album as each track has a personality all of its own. It is also consistently surprising as the last two tracks prove more than most on “Apokatastasis.” The first of these two is titled “The Waste at Dawn” and it is musically more diverse than most of the other songs with constant subtle but kick-ass variations. It still sounds like “Kill The Easter Rabbit” but they stretch themselves but still manage to keep everything concise and potent without getting too carried away. The last track “Silent Hour” is perhaps the bands greatest song ever as they make a 8 minute, fairly adventurous tune seem like a 2 minute succession of killer riffs. The band excel at these kind of tunes that are filled to brim with doomy, sludgy guitar work but it is so exciting to hear, you can find yourself being swept away from the intensity of it all and thus miss out on so many vital elements within the song.

“Kill The Easter Rabbit” won’t get any points for originality or for being incredible musicians but they do get full-points for the passionate and exciting approach to how they put their songs together.  If you like all the reference points I have stigmatized the band with in this review, I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t dig this album. Make no mistake about it, “Kill The Easter Rabbit” have arrived and they can only get better from here on but this is a great album that I highly recommend you check out. Note this album also has many guest appearances, Dario Guarino sings in “The Waste at Dawn,” “Twilight of the Idols” piano outro performed by Matteo Ridolfini,Maddalena Bellini adds guitar to “Lost in Desert,” Luca Vitale adds a solo to “Autosuggestion.” There is also the poem “Mnemosyne” by “Friedrich Hölderlin” that is here read by Marcello Guarino during the track “Silent Hour”. All this adds up to a surprisely diverse album by Kill The Easter Rabbit so be sure and give it a listen…………………8.5/10
Kill The Easter Rabbit @ Myspace

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Posted November 15, 2010 by doommantia in Kill The Easter Rabbit

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