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Review: Paganizer - No Divine Rapture
No Divine Rapture

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 36:41
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 4, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
No Divine Rapture

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Every now and then there's a good death metal album that lands on my desk, and this new Paganizer album is one. There isn't really anything new here: Brutal death metal with deep growls that you won't hear blasting at your office Christmas party anytime soon. Unfortunately I can't compare with their earlier work, essentially what you get here is a good mix of old school Swedish death metal (and I mean real death metal, not the Gothenburg melodic stuff) and some American death metal such as The Chasm and Incantation. The one thing that stood out when I listened to this is the atmosphere - not just senseless brutality that you often find in death metal, but also some horror-like passages, even a bit of occult to some extent. This makes for some variety in a genre that's often two one-dimensional, yet without resorting to senseless gimmicks. There's also a couple of passages that surprisingly reminded me of Strange Old Brew-era Carpathian Forest, making a song or two almost categorisable as Death/Black. Despite an often chaotic hyper-speed genre, Paganizer found room for some slower, more controlled and I must say damn fine guitar passages (not that the rest isn't any good, quite the contrary.) Overall a good mix of non-pretentious brutal and technical death, done very well. Recommended.

Track Listing:
  1. No Divine Rapture
  2. On Your Knees
  3. Nailed Forever
  4. Brutally Tom Sanity
  5. Devour Digest Defecate
  6. Abscess In Black
  7. The Plague That Hurts
  8. Way Of The Rotting
  9. Ingen Utväg
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