Apoptygma Berzerk ‎– Soli Deo Gloria

Tatra ‎– TATCD 018, Tatra ‎– TAT 018
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This release with 1st variant of back cover, without barcode, "Stitch" is misspelled "Stich".

Similar editions:
1. Different (2nd variant) back cover, with barcode.
2. Same release (back cover 1st variant, without barcode) but with additional information in the legal text paragraph regarding German representation.
3. Later repress with 3rd variation of back cover, with barcode and corrected title for "Stitch".

All tracks mixed and recorded at Wintergarden Studios
"Arp" recorded at Apoptygma Sound Lab 1992 and refreshed at Wintergarden Studios 1993
All tracks mastered at Masterhuset

Tatra Records MCMXCIII
© Tatra 1993
℗ Tatra 1993


Catalog number on CD: TAT 018
Catalog number on spine: TATCD 018

Contact address: Per Aksel Lundgreen. Box 200, N-1601 Fredrikstad, Norway.

Track 10 is a Velvet Underground cover.

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  • Matrix / Runout: DURECO [01] TAT 018
  • Rights Society: n©b

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TATLP 018 Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria (25th Anniversary Edition)(LP, Album, RM, TP, W/Lbl) Tatra TATLP 018 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
AOF361 Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria (25th Anniversary Edition)(LP, Album, RM, TP, W/Lbl) Artoffact Records AOF361 Canada 2018 Sell This Version
TATLP 018 Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria (25th Anniversary Edition)(LP, Album, RE, RM) Tatra TATLP 018 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
TATCD 2018 Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria (25th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Tatra TATCD 2018 Netherlands 2018 Sell This Version
AOF193 Apoptygma Berzerk Soli Deo Gloria(Cass, Comp, RE, RM, Bla) Artoffact Records AOF193 Canada 2014 Sell This Version


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May 15, 2012
After the rich promise of the singles, this album proves to be no let down. From the charming neo-Classical sound of the opening track, they stamp the quality of their dance-floor-pleaser music firmly into your consciousness with "Bitch" - every bit as good as the singles, this is a well-thought-out song set to a brisk jogging pace aided by a chrome-shiny production. "Burnin' Heretic", an album version of the '2nd Manifesto' single continues on much the same theme, a tune which works it's way into your head before you know it. "Stitch" has an almost JOHN CARPENTER-like feel to it in atmosphere, although it's a lot more forward, a more realised sound. dark medium-paced sequencers patter along while the voice whispers - would suit the soundtrack to a film like "SE7EN". After the dark filler "Walk With Me" comes "Backdraft", later salvaged for a track on the "Deep Red" EP - very much a trad EBM sound, leaner than 242 or most of their peers, this is a slender cyberpunk anthem, more motive force flowing along than hooky, it's still a good track. "Spiritual Reality", another '2nd Manifesto' track follows the charmingly pulsating bedroom electro-quirk of "ARP" - sounding like CLOCK DVA circa "Buried Dreams" nix the eq waves. A good hooky, warm track with the 'But I'm Not Afraid To Die' chorus snagging your attention, worming the track under your skin. "Skyscraping" is a long noise piece which brings to one's mind NIN in a mainstream mood, or ATTRITION at their hottest. The track jumps back & forth between structures and tempos. Joining the ranks of thousands who have released VELVET UNDERGROUND covers, they tackle "All Tomorrow's Parties", injecting their own unique style into a classic song, making it their own for at least the five minutes it plays. It's a dark, doomy version, far removed from the sadness NICO portrayed. After "The Sentinal", an odd mood segue comes "Ashes To Ashes", a variation mix on the "Burnin' Heretic" theme. It kicks up into a fast, frenetic thing, hurtling the album at breakneck speed towards the closing track, another perspective of the almost medieval theme which opens the album, reminding me of "The First Five Minutes After Death" from COIL's "Horse Rotorvator" album - somehow begging a similar voiceover. As most of us predicted early on, APOPTYGMA BERZERK are a power in what is all too often a groundswell field of post-Electronic Body Music. They can put songs together in such a way that they'll have to fight hard not to slip into the mainstream and burn out to greater but shorter-lived profit. A strong, worthy debut album and the precursor for greater things.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.


November 15, 2011
Soli Deo Gloria remains a great album to this day and has aged very well with time. While the album does have an industrial feeling to it, a lot of the songs have very good catchy hooks to them, especially the openers Bitch and Burnin' Heretic, making it a very accessible EBM record. The '93 remix of Ashes To Ashes is also probably the definitive version of the song. Other great songs on this album are Backdraft, Spiritual Reality and Skyscraping (Schiophreniac). While it failed to become a hit in their native Norway, this album brought a lot of attention to Apop abroad, mostly in Germany where the band had their first tour in 1994. Highly recommended for fans of early 90's synth music as this album sums up that period very well. You can also hear the alternative rock influence here with samples from The Pixies and Alice In Chains, and the guitar by Anders Odden on Burning Heretic, and it gives a hint on what would eventually become the dominating influence in 2005 and onwards.


April 6, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

This album acts as both a compilation of early material, as well as Groth's first full-length release. The majority of the non-useless-interlude/intro/outro tracks have been pulled off of APB's first couple of EPs; some of have been re-mixed, while others have been re-recorded. This yields 8 full tracks, and 5 which are simply filler in my opinion. With regards to the new tracks, they fit the same dark 'n' dirty style as the older ones, which makes the album flow effortlessly instead of seeming choppy and as an obvious compilation.
Personally, this is my favourite APB material - before Groth decided to bring in excessive synthpop and electro influences. Instead what you will find here is a consistent collection of stripped down EBM; a nice milestone comp before APB went in a completely different direction.