Friday, October 21, 2016

Paganizer: On the Outskirts of Hades

Pagaziner (Sweden) features the most productive death metal songwriting machine that there is anywhere in the world today: Rogga Johansson. Every morning Rogga wakes up with death metal on his mind and for years he has been recording death metal at a feverish pace and it’s looking like no one will ever surpass this level of activity.
Metal Archives says that in 2016 there are three Paganizer EPs and one split. I’m talking about only one of those: the four-song EP On the Outskirts of Hades. Everything is right on this recording: the thick guitar tone, the low and gruff growling, the solos, the riffs and rhythmic drumming. Sometimes I get the feeling that Rogga applies the songwriting method of Judas Priest or Motorhead to his death metal. Rogga’s idea must be that death metal is heavy metal and heavy metal is fun. Bang your head or mosh or nod along or tap your foot, it’s memorable, rocking traditional death metal.
The only thing I need to warn you about is that I happen to like all the Rogga recordings that I come across. If he writes death metal songs about blueberry pancakes, I will still check it out because this Swede has tapped into the original death metal sources and his plan is to ride it out until the wheels come off. In summary, this is another triumphant 13-minute Rogga Johansson recording of four songs about hades, purgatory, infernal regions and the creatures that dwell therein. With such an approach to death metal, how could you possible go wrong?!
by MMB

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