Thursday, July 28, 2016

EP Review: "On The Outskirts of Hades" by Paganizer

On The Outskirts of Hades
When I go to certain restaurants, ordering the same thing each time is a common occurrence for me.

Like Dante from Clerks, I'm not always ready to risk my comfortable situation for the fabulous prices. At Crusoe's, the fried chicken is always perfect.

When the family is at Culpeppers, the Stake Sandwich never failed to create cheers.

What's all that matter?

Though many of us are fans of avant garde music the likes we have never heard before doesn't mean that adherence to convention is a bad thing.

Take the most avant garde music from 2016 and deconstruct it. You'll be left, most likely, with several different conventions from several different types of music, but it's not normal for doom metal to be laden with blast beats....see?

From the opening chords of this EP, Paganizer blasts away at everything.

The songs change tempos.

They have thundering drums of significance. The guitars feature right angles upon right angles upon right angles.

Vocals, we're talking pure Swedish death metal.

Angry. Thick. Visceral.

Shades of Black Sabbath are sprinkled over top,

Paganizer have earned every bit of what they are. They've been Old School Swedish Death Metal since before that was even a thing.

There is little more a death metal fan could ask of this EP. The mixing is perfect. Each instrument is clearly audible. The songs are tight and short.

All this EP does is make me hunger for their next release. It's a perfect teaser for more.

Release: 8/1/16
Genre: Swedish Death Metal
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

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