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Review: Paganland - Galizier

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 32:49
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 19, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Galizier is the fourth full-length from Ukraine's Paganland and the first album I've heard since the debut back in 2013. Black Metal with symphonic and epic qualities remains the band's core sound and they include spoken-word passages along with some spare nature sound effects in between the keyboards and traditional metal instrumentation. Highlights for me were the rolling drums on "The Legionary" that maintained their organic feel even when ramped up to blast speed and the chorus on "Galician Night" where the tortured vocals really hit a nerve. The "clean" singing, on the other hand, is probably something Paganland should either improve or abandon as it isn't great and ends up something of a distraction. At the end of the day, Galizier doesn't do much you haven't heard before and isn't all that memorable, but it isn't bad at all while it's on.

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