Rather Vapid - Wraith - Song Review - Alternative Progressive Rock from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Rather Vapid - Wraith - Song Review - Alternative Progressive Rock from Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Rather Vapid - Wraith - Song Review - Alternative Progressive Rock from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Today, we shine a spotlight on Rather Vapid, a promising alternative progressive rock project hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In this review, we delve into the captivating depths of their eerie composition, "Wraith," exploring its character, style, story, potential, and more.

Rather Vapid is a band that entered my radar approximately two months ago with their addictive song, "Wraith," taken from their self-titled debut album released in 2020. Their unique approach to alternative progressive rock sets them apart, showcasing tremendous potential through their atmospheric and mood-driven soundscapes, as well as their intelligent songwriting and instrumental prowess. Prior to my discovery, I had not come across their name. I invite you to listen to the song while we explore its intricacies further.

As I often emphasize in my previous articles, we anticipate potential from every newcomer band. However, I must admit that Rather Vapid surpassed my initial expectations with their advanced standards. It is evident that these American musicians possess significant experience, likely accrued over an extended period of collaboration or through other exciting projects. Their expertise shines through, particularly in the realm of music production.

Moreover, their influences leave me in awe. This is where Rather Vapid's true character emerges. The powerful main theme introduced at the beginning of the song resonates deeply, evoking a sense of familiarity and recognition. I appreciate their commitment to forging their own path, refusing to tread the well-worn footsteps of others. In fact, the level of creativity I witnessed in "Wraith" surpassed what I found in Dream Theater's latest album.

The song's structure strikes a delicate balance, neither overly conventional nor excessively complex. Rather Vapid maintains a captivating equilibrium that keeps listeners engaged from start to finish—an admirable feat. As previously mentioned, the band's proficiency in composition shines through, with each member—guitarist, drummer, and bassist—delivering phenomenal performances. Each listen reveals a new layer of excellence. At times, they even remind me of my personal favorite band on this planet, Opeth, with their profound musicality—a delightful surprise.

Turning our attention to the technical aspect, some confusion arises. Whether they collaborated with a producer or handled production and recording themselves, the result is nothing short of phenomenal. Such levels of quality are usually associated with names like Joe Satriani, Mikael Åkerfeldt, or Devin Townsend. It is evident that Rather Vapid's members are seasoned and advanced musicians. Their capabilities and expertise leave me thoroughly impressed, not only with their music but also with their overall prowess.

Taking all these aspects into account, my experience listening to Rather Vapid has been exceptional. "Wraith" stands as an epic song, without a doubt. While their self-titled debut album may not yet provide the full measure of their potential, it undoubtedly serves as a source of immense pride for the band and their loved ones throughout their lives.

"Wraith" has earned a well-deserved place on our Top Rock Songs Playlist on Spotify. Feel free to explore the links below to discover more about Rather Vapid, follow them on social media, and subscribe to their channels to show your support and stay updated on their future releases.

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team extends heartfelt congratulations to Rather Vapid for their exceptional work on "Wraith" and wishes them the very best in their future endeavors. Thank you for reading.



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