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Apoptygma BerzerkAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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A beginning. Club lights pulse, smoke undulates, bored Goths sit around...then a loop starts, a beat to kill for kicks in...bodies move rapidly to the dance floor and a voice says 'Forever...' - A.W.

Odense, Denmark. Stephan Groth is born with music in his blood. His father, Jan Groth, played in a popular Norwegian blues-rock band in the sixties (Aunt Mary), while his mother, ... Read more in Amazon's Apoptygma Berzerk Store

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  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B00000AE26
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Never Dies Part 1
2. Mourn
3. Non-Stop Violence
4. 25 Cromwell St.
5. Rebel
6. Deep Red
7. Nearer
8. Half Asleep
9. Love Never Dies Part 2
10. Mourn (APB RMX- Guitar Version)

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Proving that unbridled aggression isn't always needed to effectively get one's point across in industrial dance music, Norway's Apoptygma Berzerk take a melodic, almost synth-pop-like approach on their second full-length, 7. This domestic issue of an album originally released in Europe in 1996 proves a great introduction to the thoughtful music of Stephan Groth (a.k.a. Grothesk). "Love Never Dies" establishes the gothic tone of the disc, starting things off with grand-guignol organ music that gives way to driving synths and beats, followed by Grothesk's unprocessed vocals and a few sampled refrains from Carmina Burana. "Mourn," a delicate, stripped-down electro track dedicated to Kurt Cobain, shows off Groth's talent for melodic songwriting, a rarity in a genre often criticized for its lack of subtlety. Other highlights include the energetic Front 242-isms of "Non-Stop Violence" and the sharp techno inflections of "Deep Red" (complete with Laibach sample!). --Steve Landau

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Got your sites set on some great European electronic? Then take aim on Apoptygma Berzerk's simply titled CD "7". The elegant blend of industrial and electronic brings immediate recognition to the sound of Depeche Mode and some of Nitzer Ebb's less industrial oriented material. Catchy but not synth-pop, heavy yet not Industrial, the choruses will have you singing along while the Euro-beats will keep you jumping. The male vocals are heavy yet appealing, and every other track seems to offer a different female back-up giving the album a variance throughout.
The album is anything but ordinary, as the first track 'Love Never Dies Part 1' quickly proves. Church organs open into quick electronic glory, with a gothic choir chorus that gives goose bumps as the volume climbs into the upper decibels. The depth of the band goes beyond the music with 'Mourn'. With a dedication credit to the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Kurt's guitar sample in the track, the song will immediately get in your head. The knowledge of the dedication makes the song even more relevant and allows for reflection on what's really important in light of the tragedy of the late grunge star's short life.
By far my favorite of the album, 'Non-Stop Violence' is everything you can want in an electronic beat, with all the right build and crescendos, and a chorus that's to die for. Political influences are conveyed with samples relating to the Bosnia conflict. A minute before the end of the track leads you into a great piece that sounds familiar but just can't place, but see no way any other artist could have done any better than the electronic perfection served up here. Things get a bit surreal over the next few tracks, starting with '25 Cromwell St.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous - Top 10 in Electro History March 24, 2004
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Apop is clearly one of the leaders in the international electro scene and this is the disc that forever cemented that reputation. Having built his reputation with aggressive, melodic EBM on 'Soli Deo Gloria' and some early singles, Stephan Groth (Grothesk) further developed the sound with this release bringing in much more texture and atmosphere. The harshness is greatly reduced also putting the strong melodies and vocals on display.
There are 3 clear masterpieces on '7'. The 1st is the powerful "Love Never Dies Pt 1", a slow-building Goth stomp backed by a potent vocal chorus and samples from Orff's 'Carmina Burana'... the only unfortunate thing is that Orff's work was sampled by so many other sources, including Guiness beer commercials, after Apop did it so new listeners may not be as blown away as we were 10 years ago. The next is "Mourn" dedicated to tortured artist Curt Cobain and featuring a subtle Nirvana sample. The 3rd is "Non-Stop Violence" which is the most-EBM of any track on the disc. Other standouts include the dance tracks "Deep Reed" and "Half Asleep". Both are fast and razor-sharp floor fillers.
As for the criticism that the slower songs are misses, I refute that wholeheartedly. I actually think that songs like "Rebel", a tribute to non-other than Christ himself, "Nearer" and "25 Cromwell St" are some of the most interesting on '7' and grow on you with each listen. People need to realize that it takes bravery to strip down electronic music this much allowing the lyrics, storytelling and minimal melodies to stand on their own to such great extent. APB's wonderful use of tones and percussion make even the most stripped-down song a joy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond EBM Blandness February 10, 2003
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Apoptygma Berzerk is something of an enigma flourishing in sands that other bands would wilt and decay within. They've managed to craft what they've wanted to craft into their music, meshing beauty and depravity into one giant EBM stew, all the while staying strong in an industry that leaves many a vision sitting abandoned on the roadside. They've been this way since their inception and have continued to morph into something just outside the conceptual norm of the music industry, straying into mainstreamed consciousness a bit with Welcome to Earth and Harmonizer - two very meritable works as well. To me, that's an impressive feat, because so many find themselves without hits after only a few turns of the proverbial wheel. Still, for A Berzerk, this is far from the case.
Seven was an album that was closer to the front of their ascension toward the top and contains some very memorable, very worthwhile tracks that drift into both the lighter sounds of love and the darker, now mostly avoided, themes that I found interesting. The ways that these come into being are quite different, too. "Love Never Dies," for instance, brings the epic sounds of what Stephan Groth calls his version of the "alternative theme to Dracula" (as the interior notes of the album state) into the EBM realm, crafting catchy beats around a quite beautiful body of work. There are stark contrasts to this sound, too, with the machinations sounding in a slower, more melodic tempo and the lyrics becoming darker and more voxed in "25 Cromwell St" and violently-sculpted sounds within "Deep Red" as it exclaims certain things explaining feelings with the "knife cut(ting) through her skin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Fav's
I played the other one I had till it was screwed up. It was awesome to get this, shipped fast, love it!!!
Published 20 months ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Love never dies
Over the years, I have sold my fair share of cds for extra cash. There were a few that I later regretted selling. Read more
Published on August 22, 2008 by E. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars The original issue? Great! The reissue? VOMIT.
Prospective purchasers should be aware that this is the reissue of the '96 album (originally issued with different cover art and several extra tracks. Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by El Centro
1.0 out of 5 stars i am disapointed
i didnt get what i asked for. i asked for apoptygma berzerk 7, with 12 tracks. i got a cd from the same artist but it was a remix. it had 10 tracks. it was not what i asked for. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by Holman Duran
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I'm a really big EBM fan and Apoptygma Berzerk is one of my favorites. This cd was kind of a let down. There arnt many good songs on it. Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by Krista Combies
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh it's worth a listen.
This cd wasnt that great. I was kind of dissapointed. Although the Song Mourn is still a good reason to buy it the rest of the songs ar kind of week. Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by Krista Combies
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. 3 Great Songs
I do not love this CD. I love 3 songs on it. "Deep Red", "Non-Stop Violence" and "Love Never Dies Part 1" are utterly brilliant pieces of art that... Read more
Published on March 13, 2004 by Andrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and diverse
This is the first release by Apoptygma Berserk which I have listened to, and the choice was consciously made not to start with one of the most recent albums so that I could (at a... Read more
Published on August 11, 2003 by The Blue Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mind-numbing
I have been on a huge VNV/Apop kick lately. I love the whole idea of fusing the aggressive industrial beats and angst-riddled lyrics with the beautiful melodies of trance music. Read more
Published on October 29, 2002 by Erica Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Apop's best
I was surprised to see that I liked this album, being that "Welcome to Earth" was my first experience with APB and their imminent transcendence to synth-pop, which I don't hate,... Read more
Published on April 28, 2002 by Amazon Customer
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