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Paganizer - The Tower of the Morbid

The Tower of the Morbid
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 19 December 2019, 5:22 AM

As usually said many times by many fans and writers, to make something (musically speaking) that was already done is, at the same time, easy and hard. Easy because someone already laid the foundations, but hard because the band must sound different from what already exists, and this is a hard problem to deal with. And the Swedish PAGANIZER had a very hard time recording “The Tower of the Morbid”, as the ears of anyone can check it out.

Their musical work is based on traditional Death Metal elements, the same ones that can be heard on albums as “Left Hand Path”, “Like an Everflowing Stream”, “Dark Recollections” or “Where No Life Dwells”. So it sounds distant from being anything that wasn’t heard before. For some fans, it can be an advantage, but it lacks of something of their own, something that can make their music worthy of being heard more times. “The Tower of the Morbid” isn’t a bad album, but it sounds like many others from the past, but without their charm. The sonority shows a very good work. Besides the band plays on the traditional way of Swedish Death Metal, it has chosen something clear that can be understood easily. It’s a fusion between the rough Death Metal aggressiveness of the past with a modern care with the sound quality.

There are good points on “The Tower of the Morbid”, as can be heard on the tempos of “Apocalypse Writings”, the charming bitterness that fills “Cannibal Remains”, the catching arrangements of “Drowning in Sand” and “They Came to Die” (the best song of the entire album, because it shows clearly that the band has a personality on these tempos and insane guitar riffs), the Hardcore influences heard on “Beneath the Gauze” and on “Demented Machines”. But it’s not enough, and their talent is so evident on “They Came to Die” that seems that or they weren’t inspired when composing these songs, or this is one of those albums that every band, when is looking behind, isn’t proud of recording.

PAGANIZER has guts and talent, so let’s hope that the successor of “The Tower of the Morbid” will show how good they can really be.

Musicianship: 7
Songwriting: 4
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Flesh Tornado
2. Apocalypse Writings
3. Cannibal Remains
4. Drowning in Sand
5. Redemptionless
6. They Came to Die
7. Rot Spreads
8. Beneath the Gauze
9. The Tower of the Morbid
10. Purge the World
11. Demented Machines
Rogga Johansson - Vocals, Guitars
Kjetil Lynghaug - Lead Guitars
Martin Klasén - Bass
Matthias Fiebig - Drums
Record Label: Transcending Obscurity Records


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