OLD PAGAN "MaledictusS"
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OCCULT BLACK METAL
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OLD PAGAN are a band from Germany that has been around for 18 years and plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "MalediictusS" which was released as a joint effort between NARBENTAGE PRODUKTIONEN and VACULA PRODUCTIONS. A very fast and raw old school black metal sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and high pitched screams and the music is very primitive in the early 90's tradition and after awhile the band starts to bring in slow and mid paced parts in certain sections of the recording while the main focus is on the faster material. Just like with previous material the band sticks to an early 90's style of black metal and avoids any of the trends of the past 20 years and plays this musical genre in its rawest and purest form and they also add in melody and a dark atmosphere which also leads to a small amount of synths at times and the bass guitars have a very powerful presence in the background and after awhile a small amount of deep growls along with a few seconds of ritualistic spoken word parts are added into the bands musical sound which also make the vocals have a more dark and grim feeling to them and they also bring in a cover of DARKTHRONE's "Ravnajuv". OLD PAGAN remain true to a fast and raw style of black metal and create a very heavy recording that has all of the best elements of the early 90's and while there is not much in the way of originality the music is very well executed, the production has a very raw, heavy and old school sound while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and German and cover Satanism, Death, hatred and Darkness. In my opinion this is another great sounding album from OLD PAGAN and if you are a fan of early 90's raw black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "My Black Witch" , "Blood Metal" and "Hordes of Hate".
8/10
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