|Review: Paragon - Forgotten Prophecies|
Label: Remedy Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)
Eighth album in the long, glorious Paragon history. I was a bit disappointed in Revenge, the band's last outing, and so I was hoping for a resurgence of their power and energy. I don't know if this band will ever match the feral wrath of Law Of The Blade, but they do pretty good this time out. Forgotten Prophecies carries on in the Paragon tradition, with all the good that implies, as well as the limitations that have plagued their songwriting recently.
"Hammer Of The Gods" fires things up in classic style with hammering riffs and thunderous double bass, and it sets the stage for the pummeling to come. "Arise", the highlight "Halls Of Doom", and the killer title cut are all solid Paragon songs. Perhaps only Grave Digger do this sort of thing as well as Paragon, and when they are kicking, they kick the hell out of it. But - you knew a 'but' was coming right? Once again the choruses are a bit lacking. I don't know, I just don't think Paragon has been writing good choruses for the last few albums. The riffs are good, the songs are solid, but the choruses are either limp or dull. Look at "Hammer Of The Gods", which has a great galloping riff, and then saddles it with a chorus that just lies there. "Souleaters", "Gangland", "Agony" - all decent songs with unmemorable, dragging choruses. Compared to killer, head-smashing choruses like "Law Of The Blade", "Armies Of The Tyrant", "Steelbound", or "Maze Of Dread", they just don't hold up.
So this is a solid album, and overall I like it better than Revenge, but it can't stand up with the great albums in Paragon's past. I hope this is a rut Paragon can pull themselves out of, and produce another album worthy to be called classic, or even better, crank out the best album of their careers someday. But this is not that album, this is another pretty-good-but-not-great album from a great band who can do better.
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