|Review: Paragon - Steelbound|
Label: Remedy Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 19, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)
I absolutely loved last years' "Law of the Blade", and with the new CD "The Dark Legacy" just released, I added to my Paragon collection with this one. "Steelbound" was the fourth proper Paragon album after the debut "World of Sin", and the first release on Hamburg's Remedy Records.
Now with a Paragon CD, you know you're going to get some serious METAL, and this one doesn't disappoint. I had heard some people opine that this is the German's best album, but I have to say I do not agree. This is some fine Germanic metal, but it doesn't measure up to "Law of the Blade". That said, this is still better than a lot of the crap out there, that's for sure. Paragon play metal the old-fashioned way with steely riffs and the rough, powerful holler of Andreas Babuschkin. No keyboards or neoclassical wankering here, nope.
There are some killer songs on this disc. The hammering opener "Thunderstorm", the punchy and addictive "Deathsquad", and the classic "Steelbound", which is as cool a ‘brothers in metal' song as anybody will ever write. These are all great tunes. The problem is that a lot of the songs here kind of blend together. "New Dark Age", "Reign of Fear", "Face II Face" – these are all strong tunes, and a lot of fun while they're on, but they don't have as much identity as they should. There isn't nearly the variety and dynamic the band would show later on "Law of the Blade". But even if this is average for Paragon, it's still head and shoulders above other so-called metal bands.
This is another gay Remedy digipack with not even a plastic backing, just two little cardboard wings that you fold up to get the CD out. Lame. The art is totally cool, and the art design makes for a very classy-looking package, too bad it's so flimsy. The CD itself looks boss, with the skull and axe art and a black back on the disc. Wicked.
Paragon rule, and any CD by them is going to be cool. It will probably be months before I can get their new one over here in the US (Grrrr) so I'll have to do with this one and "Law of the Blade". And if anyone sees Jan, ask him about the interview I sent him, it's been for-ever.
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