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Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Produced by Megadeth/Cacophony's Marty Friedman, Apocrypha's first release received rave reviews around the globe when it was released and teenage band leader/guitarist Tony Fredianelli quickly became known for his blindin... more »
Produced by Megadeth/Cacophony's Marty Friedman, Apocrypha's first release received rave reviews around the globe when it was released and teenage band leader/guitarist Tony Fredianelli quickly became known for his blinding shred guitar chops, rooted in classical music and thrash metal. Some say that this band was years ahead of their time, as their combination of over the top progressive metal and wailing guitar has influenced many of today's successful progressive metal groups. Housed in a deluxe digi-pak cover, The Forgotten Scroll, has been out of print for over 10 years overseas.
Power/shred classic, finally available on CD
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 09/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1987, The Forgotten Scroll was the debut album by Apocrypha, who released a trio of very solid power/thrash metal albums in the late 80's. It was released on the Shrapnel label, so you know there is going to be plenty of guitar wizardry on the album, courtesy of shred artist Tony Friedanelli (who later would join Third Eye Blind of all bands).
Of Apocrypha's three releases, The Forgotten Scroll remains my favorite. The guitar playing wasn't quite as technical as it was on The Eyes of Time or Area 54 (though it's still shred city), but The Forgotten Scroll is just a vintage American power metal album. More than just the technical aspects, there's a great sense of dark fantasy to the lyrics and the theatrical, dramatic feel of the album reminds me of early Warlord, Crimson Glory, Armored Saint and Omen. It's just a killer old school American power metal album.
Fans of quality American power metal should find plenty to enjoy in this album, including well written songs, killer vocals, and yes, some seriously impressive guitar work. The riffs are speedy enough to appeal to open-minded thrash fans as well.
Edition Notes: For the longest time, the only way to get The Forgotten Scroll on CD was to buy a bootlegged version. In 2009 Shrapnel finally got around to officially reissuing the album on CD. The new version comes in a digipack and while there is no mention of digital remastering, the sound quality is decent enough to suggest some clean up work has been done."
J. Robert | Dallas, TX | 09/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not going to get too eloquent here. The previous reviewer (Justin) pretty well covered it; apart from the fact that I'd compare this album with those of Cacophony, Racer X, and early Tony Macalpine. (-In other words, the other really cool early Shrapnel artists) I personally thought this was the strongest, and most unique of Apocrypha's work. -Not a filler track on the entire album. (Yeah... I meant to say 'album'. I've been waiting 20 frickin' years for this to get re-released on CD! Thank heavens Shrapnel FINALLY came to their senses.) If you're a fan of old-school thrash, or just want to get an idea where guys like Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) may have gleaned some of their inspiration, pick this up. Tony Fredianelli was a monster player. -Right up there with Marty Friedman and Jason Becker. (Appropriate that Marty produced this disc.) If you're a guitarist (or just a fan of shred), this one is a must for your collection."