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The Order of Apollyon - Moriah

The Order of Apollyon
by Gareth Beams at 25 September 2018, 9:22 AM

The band was conceived in summer 2008 by current TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED drummer Daniel Wilding and vocalist Sébastien Tuvi. THE ORDER OF APOLLYON took on the role of the Celebrant of the Word of the Lord. The project is more than a simple extreme metal band; it is a musical covenant. The message is profoundly religious and adheres to strict paramilitary imagery while the music draws from elements of the ambient martial scene. The band began work on the first offering following the induction of guitarist James McIlroy (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) and bassist Peter Benjamin (ex-ACKERCOCKE). The opus, entitled “The Flesh”, concentrates on the passage from the spiritual to the material. THE ORDER OF APOLLYON embarked on self-producing the album, recording the drums in the UK and the rest of the instruments in the notoriously sinister BST Studio.

The band is a channel for delivering a harmonic covenant with The Lord (Satan) that is honest as well as organic. The Messenger delivers an actual soul, unlike the clinical sounding productions that intoxicate the metal industry. The Order’s first release aspires to praise the extreme metal scene of the late 80’s/early 90’s. The cult of Apollyon is set on disseminating the message of our God, the Supreme Being. It will drive the masses to accept the indubitable domination of the Holy Spirit and to repent their sins before the impending Judgement. The disloyal scum shall writhe in Eternal Suffering, while a chosen elite shall bathe in glory and rapture. Unconditional devotion is the key.

With a rank of reputable musicians and potent iconography, THE ORDER OF APOLLYON intends to propagate its divine philosophy across the entire world so as to reach a wider audience. The mission is to convert as many blind infidels as possible and to lead devotees to their salvation. The acoustic intro to “The Lies of Moriah” is interesting, not an intro we hear very often any more. The smashing of the drums kills the slow pace, bringeth the Darkness! The vocals are coarse to match the raw pace of the tempo, clarity is the issue here. The drum beat is what holds this together, however it does overpower the rest of the instruments, they seem to be forming a chaotic surrounding around the drums.

There’s a clearer Blackened Death Metal approach to “Rites Of The Immolator” with the beat of all instruments leveled out to create a more harmonic melody. Pace is mixed around here to show a control and balance to the song. The vocals are more brutal than before, making this song a better piece. The vocals remain unclean again, but the heaviness of the song allows this to be overlooked from a deeper appreciation of the song. “Grey Father” comes out the blocks flying. The brutality shown before continues as the band fly through the gears effortlessly. The melody has perfected itself in this section of the album, you know what to expect and you are not disappointed. The pace remains key inline wit Blackened Death Metal, but the technical strokes are there to appreciate and admire the more modern approach

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. The Lies of Moriah
2. Rites of the Immolator
3. Grey Father
4. The Cradle
5. The Original Cries of Jerusalem
6. Trident of Flesh
7. Soldat
8. A Monument
Sébastien Tuvi (aka B.S.T.) - Vocals, Guitars
Sylvain Butet (aka S.K.) - Drums
Saroth (aka S.R.) - Guitars, Vocals
Johannes Judicaël (aka A.K.) - Bass, Vocals
Record Label: Agonia Records


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Edited 19 July 2019

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