|Review: Pagan Heritage - Forn Sed|
Label: Candarian Demon Productions
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 24, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Pagan Heritage eh, hum...sounds like something I would be interested in! 2005, in the Netherlands, home of Ayreon and Return Forever; W.Timmer formed Pagan Heritage with this goal: "spread the old Pagan ways and fight against Christian domination and influence". Sounds like my type of guy!
"Forn Sed" is the very first full length of this one-man band, following the 2006 demo "The Book of Shadows." This album contains nine tracks of Pagan Black Metal, no surprise there. This is not all blast beats, but a rather nice and depressing mid to mid fast pace is the tempo appropriately chosen by the artist. A bit of folksy flute introduces the opening track, "Orgy of the Satyrs", one of the songs I enjoyed the most. Lots of distorted riffs with somewhat subdued but present drums and bass parts form the backbone of the song structure. The vocals are something between a whisper and a rasp, giving the overall mood a ghostly feel. Nice and haunted at the same time. The whole album is actually quite melodic, with some doom or even epic moments thrown in, like on track #4, "Battle Hymn For War." The booklet includes the lyrics for only two songs. "Tears on your Grave" is one of them; another of my favorite tracks for its sad doom atmosphere. The rawer but very acceptable production does not decrease the quality of the music nor does it affect the feel in any way.
Long burn the Pagan's flame!
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