Opeth
Apostle in Triumph


3.0
good

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2009 | 28 replies | 12,167 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Opeth during Apostle In Triumph in 1993:
Mikael Åkerfeldt – Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting
Stefan Guteklint – Bass
Anders Nordin – Drums
Peter Lindgren – Rhythm Guitar

Imagine a time before time as we know it. That’s a lot like imagining what a band was like before they became who they were, imagining what they did before they realized who they were. No band is different in this aspect, not even one band in particular that many know by the name of Opeth. Apostle In Triumph is much different than any of Opeth’s material, even the album they released two years later Orchid, and while not even comparing to future efforts, gives us a unique introspective on what Opeth used to be.

In order to listen to this album without gaining an odd feeling of disappointment, the listener must forget everything they know. They must forget the near picture perfect production, the slick changes between soft and loud, Mikael’s soothing vocals, seeing as they’re nowhere to be found (with Mikael’s vocals being the exception, only being used for ambiance in a part of “Apostle In Triumph”). For a three minute basement demo tape, the music on Apostle in Triumph is oddly drawling, with an interestingly empty atmosphere, containing mostly of distorted psychedelic riffs. Incredibly raw, fuzzy buzzing production providing an extra layer upon the music, giving it a certain ambiance that can only be characterized in the same sense as most Norwegian black metal. The album opens up with “Apostle in Triumph Pt.1” starts off with a screeching, black metal-ish riff, and leads into a imaginably maelstrom of ghastly, spooky progressive metal riffing. Not much of the song resembles anything of Opeth’s future, although there are parts that are notably lighter than the beginning, but Mikael’s vocals lightly in the background add another layer, before quickly leaving the scene for the wandering instruments. “Apostle in Triumph Pt.2” is very similar to this, though more intact with Opeth’s regular material. It’s notably more progressive, transitioning from lighter, drab instrumentation to simple minded, single chorded shredding and back.

Apostle in Triumph shows us some of the beginnings of Opeth, letting us imagine what changes they eventually went through to become the band they are today. While not doing anything particularly excellent, is great nostalgic value for any Opeth fan, but be warned, this does not sound a thing like anything Opeth has done. Recommended if your username starts with “the” and ends with “wizard”.



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bastard
January 23rd 2009



3435 Comments


early Opeth schit. review is probably longer than it should be.

Willie
Moderator
January 23rd 2009



15774 Comments


The review length seems just about right. It's strange how much change can come about between a final demo and a debut album.

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bastard
January 23rd 2009



3435 Comments


i feel ya man

Wizard
January 23rd 2009



18770 Comments


What the fuck, I've never heard of this demo until now. Man, maybe I'm not the Opeth fan I thought I was. Is this hard to find cause I will pay lots of money for it. LOTS OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!! Good review, even though nothing by Opeth warrants anything below a 4 hahaha.

Recommended if your username starts with “the” and ends with “wizard”.


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bastard
January 24th 2009



3435 Comments


Honestly, its not hard to find if you just want a download. Never checked for a buying option, since I don't usually buy my music, but that may be harder to find out about.

Wizard
January 24th 2009



18770 Comments


I have to get this. Oh, and thanks for reviewing this too (and the throw out to me as well ;))

bastard
January 24th 2009



3435 Comments


It's no problemo really.

bastard
January 24th 2009



3435 Comments


It's no problemo really.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2009



17912 Comments


this was a needed review

bastard
January 24th 2009



3435 Comments


negative channing

taylormemer
January 24th 2009



4887 Comments


There are so many gramatical errors here, and the intro is pretty contrived.

jingledeath
January 24th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i need to get this

sba4life
February 7th 2009



364 Comments


I need to review this. Can I borrow it?

bastard
February 7th 2009



3435 Comments


the download for this isn't hard to find, just search for it.This Message Edited On 02.07.09

sba4life
February 7th 2009



364 Comments


ok bastard. good ole limewire

DudeYouSuck
April 11th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best Opeth song ever with The Moor and Bleak.

TheyTookOurJobs
April 21st 2009



1318 Comments


is this out of print?

SCREAM!
May 5th 2009



9576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was definately interesting. Took me a couple of listens to really hear the songs cause of the production but now thsi is pretty good

Piglet
July 13th 2009



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sputnik needed this review! after all, its weird not to see an Opeth feature without a review, here on sputnik.

TRMshadow
December 27th 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, don't know what to say about the music though; and this is coming from an Opeth fanboy.



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