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Apostate : Godly Laughter

This Polish band has thus far only released this demo, which is by the way free for download here: mp3.wp.pl/p/strefa/artysta/132.html. If you're a fan of very melodic doom/death like Autumn, then you'd probably want to start downloading the demo while you continue to read this review.

Melodic is the key word behind most of the songs on this demo, but you should be prepared to expect a variety of things. Simple and sad guitars give it an aura similar to My Dying Bride and Novembers Doom. Then there are the black/doom sections that kick in in-between the sad sections. Although they mostly remind one of Bethlehem, they do sometimes speed up enough to be compared to the average melodic black band. The mixture might seem odd, but the effect it has gives it a meaning. Depression does often mix with anger or violent pain, and the music emulates this extremely well.

After reading what I wrote above you might already have realized that although you can compare Apostate to many bands, they do still stand aside from all other acts in so many ways. The vocals are no exception. They remind me of the vocalist of Silentium more than anyone else, but there is still quite a big difference between them. They can best be described as a sad mixture that lies in right between clear and grunted vocals.

The complete sound-picture of this release is elaborate, yet quite simple and enjoyable. This despite the fact that it takes a few listens to get used to, fans of doom/gothic, depressive doom/death and miserable doom/black would be the main fan base appreciating this demo. When one lists all the bands that fall under the categories noted, I would say that this fan base is potentially quite large. Five years has passed since the production of this demo. If a full-length were to see the light soon then there would surely be a good market for it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. E-Vapour
2. The Red Pathway
3. Revive
4. Cascet Of Dreams
5. Godly Laughter

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Apostate bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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