Monday, 27 June 2016

Paganizer - "On The Outskirts of Hades" EP (Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 01/08/2016
Label: Transcending Obscurity

“On The Outskirts of Hades” CD//DD track listing:

1). Angry All the Time
2). Adjacent to Purgatory
3). The Netherworld Carnivale
4). On the Outskirts of Hades

The Review:

Paganizer, fine exponents of Swe-death return with this four track blast of nastiness. Opener “Angry All The Time” doesn't tear out of the gate, but rest assured that after the doomy intro the band pick up the pace and rip things up. “Adjacent to Purgatory” is similarly vicious and brings an intensity that has not been matched by some of the bigger names in the genre (Entombed AD- step things up, please).

Although Dismember are gone, it is immensely gratifying to hear bands like Paganizer and Entrails carrying the torch. Certainly, this four track EP is an excellent taster for what the band is all about and is certainly for fans of the REAL Swedish death metal sound. It is doomy and feral with the right amount of grit in the sound to make the fast and slow sections work effectively. “The Netherworld Carnivale” is not a million miles away from Asphyx and is a great example of what Paganizer can do.

The title track of the EP closes things in some style- a malevolent riff kicking things off and then the verses locking in effectively. For anyone wanting some Swedish death metal in the traditional style. Paganizer are a band to check out. Their name may not have the gravitas of Entombed or Dismember, but they are operating in the same theatre- and doing so viciously.

“On The Outskirts of Hades” is available here

Band info: facebook