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Pagan Altar - Mythical And Magical (Reissue)

Pagan Altar
Mythical And Magical (Reissue)
by Angela "The Hunter" at 11 March 2013, 2:18 PM

Ahhh nothing like a little worship at the Altar to get your mind straight. Hail friends! Doom Metal has always been a love / hate issue with me. It’s either really good, or it sucks and the band should have gotten someone other than their stoner friends, or way too supportive family, to give an honest opinion as to if they should record an album. I am happy to say, after my journey through the pagan lands, that the latter is the case. Welcome to the PAGAN ALTAR.

As I listened to “Mythical And Magical”, I could feel myself relax, unplug, and just fucking be alive. Terry Jones’s vocals are gritty but very melodic, and really tie all of the elements of each song together. The guitars are heavy and tight, while keeping the riffs and solos low key Very nice balance between the two. You can definitely feel the influence of Iommi and Blackmore, but in a really good way. Standout tracks include “Samhain” and “The Rise Of The Dark Lord”. Drums are a bit thin, but that could be for multitude of reasons. William Gallagher's bass work is also very heavy and melodic, and really puts the finale piece in the puzzle to make each song a whole work. I genuinely enjoyed the journey this album took me on. The band has been around since 1978, yet only first were given the nod by a record label in 1998. That is dedication, perseverance, and unfailing fan base that kept their music alive for over 2 decades. Simply amazing.

For Doom Metal fans, this album will find much favor with you. For a rating I’d say 7 out of ten. As always, stay well, and live free my friends!

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Samhein
3. The Cry Of the Banshee
4. The Crowman
5. Daemoni na Noiche
6. The Sorcerer
7. Flight Of The Witch
8. Dance Of The Druids
9. The Erl King
10. The Witches Pathway
11. Sharnie
12. The Rising Of The Dark Lord
Lineup:
Terry Jones - Vocals
Alan Jones - Guitars
Vince Hempstead - Guitars
William Gallagher - Bass
Dean Alexander - Drums
Record Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
     


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