"The Apostle In Triumph" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
In solitude I wander
Through the vast enchanted forest

The surrounding skies are one
Torn apart by the phenomenon of lightning
Rain is pouring down my (now) shivering shoulders
In the rain my tears are forever lost

The darkened oaks are my only shelter
Red leaves are blown by the wind
An ebony raven now catches my eye
Sitting in calmness
Before spreading his black wings
Reaching for the skies

In this forest
Where wolves cry their agony unto the moon
My spirit is hidden
In the form of wisdom
Carved on a black stone
The only way to follow

Open your soul
Redeem, I am immortal

Blinded by a light
My soul is held up in glory
I engulf the skies
The apostle in triumph

Through the eternal flame I travel
As the rain keeps falling


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"The Apostle in Triumph" as written by Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentThe song is about Satan once being the apostle of god but after being banished to hell being the true triumphant and the most powerfull spirit (and not God).
    He is the one that inspired the ten commandments (wisdom carved on a black stone) and encourages humans to open their soul and be saved for he is immortal.

    It is a brilliant song as all of the Orchid epics are!
    EvdHon September 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWords cannot express how much I love this song. It is undeniably (at least in my opinion) the best song on Orchid, and one of Opeth's best EVER!

    I mean...just listen to that violin riff!
    doomsoldieron March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe intro is great with the acoustics, my favorite part of the song, this song has lots of parts, 13 minutes long
    megafuryon March 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAgreed, a great song. I like the acoustic intro and the last bit the best. Apparently that little ditty at the beginning was supposed to be the end of the previous track, "Requiem," but when they got it published the person who divided the tracks screwed up and cut it in the wrong place. Oh well, it still works as an intro!
    simiankolyaon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOpeth's best song right here, perfect climax to their best album
    Disposition_987on October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits kind like slayer with thier raining blood song. kick ass
    Dying_In_Vainon November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wonder how to play this kick-ass intro.. anybody has tabulature?
    deliveranceon January 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it just me, or does Mikael say 'So Judah fucked it up' at the start? I swear he does. Listen to it, just before the heavy bit comes in with 'IN SOLITUDE I WANDER!' He whispers it, I swear...
    demon_of_the_fallon November 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's my interpretation. The song is about a man (the protagonist) who has preached all he can to a world of hate and evil, and has been heard by a deaf ear. The raven is a symbol of the omen of man's plight, which the main character was not able to avert in his lifetime. In his final hour he is being accepted into heaven as a reward for his noble attempts, but he is unsatisfied because he was unable to accomplish his goal "Through the eternal flame I travel, and the rain keeps falling..."
    aaronjson January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentStraight from Mikeal: according to Ã…kerfeldt, he also said "The Apostle in Triumph" is lyrically "a combination of nature and satanic worship
    miketopsyon May 06, 2013   Link

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