"Rapture" (Frontiers New Music; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Anette Olzon was the lead vocalist for NIGHTWISH from 2007 - 2012, for those of you who didn't know or who had forgotten (Sorry, Anette, I was one of those who had forgotten, despite your great work with that band.) "Rapture" is her third solo album, following "Shine" in 2014 and "Strong" in 2021.

"Rapture" is eleven tracks and over fifty minutes of sweeping symphonic metal. It's the perfect blend of speedy metal and the cinematic sound of the Game of Thrones soundtrack. It's bigger than life (just give the raucous "Day of Wrath" a listen) and packed with raging drums, complex guitars (riffs and leads) and, of course, Anette's mind-blowingly powerful vocals (and the juxtaposition with growling vocals as well). They use the term "symphonic metal" a lot for Anette's music and I can think of no better term. The music is epic-sounding; if you listen with headphones it will surround you with sound.

If you like your metal BIG and monumental, "Rapture" will keep you listening.

Check out Anette's blog at

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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