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Not exactly original, but good enough - 76%

CrowTRobot, February 17th, 2004

In 2003, the Melodic-Death/Gothenburg genre is still going, surprisingly. With “Apocryphal” by Artemesia, you seemingly have standard-fare In Flames/Dark Tranquillity worship. However, once the time is taken to give this album a proper listen, it appears as though some of the best elements of those bands are neatly compressed into this interesting LP, and the results may please those in search of some quality metal.

As you may have already figured out, people who disliked the melodic-death genre to begin with won't change their minds with this release. With that said, the opening track starts things slowly, typical melodic riff underneath the hoarse vocals, yadda yadda yadda. The pace quickly picks up with “Script for the Play”, however, and some impressive double bass work complements the riff structure. Note that throughout the album, the production is a bit muddy, probably from lack of sufficient funds. No worry, though, as the thin buzz of the guitars and the dull bass add to the surprising amount of atmosphere to be found here. “Sinday Morning” is more of the same, with some creative riffs, but a bit repetitive overall. The acoustic interlude in “The Outcome” changes things up a bit, and the same acoustic theme continues into “Half Way Down”. Pretty solid stuff here.

“Reflection of Sorrow” has some pretty nice cord progression, and the bass is right there completing the sound of the track. “Wait for a Vile” has some very nice lead guitar to go along with the somber tone of the vocals and the main riff. “Cradle-Song for the Unborn” is a throwaway track, with just some oddly placed sound effects. Come on guys, I don’t want to hear a rubber duck squeak for no apparent reason.

“Cain” and “At the Very Bottom” finish things up, neither being relatively interesting. That’s a shame, as a stronger finish would boost the score I gave the album by a few points.

So there you have it, if you’re a fan of In Flames or Dark Tranquillity, and can’t seem to get enough of the stuff, go for this album. Otherwise, just leave it alone.