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Review: Paganizer - Dead Unburied
Dead Unburied

Label: Forever Underground
Year released: 2002
Duration: 35:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 26, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

I’ve been waiting for a record like Dead Unburied for a while now. This is what I was hoping from Bloodbath’s highly anticipated full-length release. Somewhere between Breeding Death and Resurrection Through Carnage, the magic of Akerfeldt and Swano’s little side-project was lost, offering up a solid release made up of the songs you’d expect to hear. Nothing truly gripping, just more of the same.

Now I come across an album that manages to slice away the arm that Bloodbath was carrying the flag of the Swedish death revival with and hoist it proudly above the rest.

Coincidentally, Dan Swano was involved in the mastering of this record. Also of notable involvement, Jorgen Sandstrom (formerly of Grave) offers up some guest vocals on this true gem of a release.

Everything about Paganizer’s sound is so lively, like these guys really have a passion for their music (we need more bands like this). Beneath all the rough stuff lie malicious grooves and a real consistency between the instruments that keeps the sound interesting throughout the album. As the pace shifts or solo kicks in, the guitars and drums seem to be in-synch and never sounding off beat from the other. The soloing is a treat unto itself. They’ve got a very clean, traditional tone to them that creates a nice diversion until the next skull-pounding session begins. Couple Paganizer’s intimidating ability with the obvious flawlessness that comes with a Swano production job, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a record. There are no favourite songs on this one, only a satisfyingly addictive and much needed addition to this scene. Paganizer are a bit of an anomaly in their signing to a predominantly American gore-metal label, when it is plain to see that this is a diamond in the rough band who should be swimming with the sharks of the European market. Dead Unburied is the best album of this leaning that I have heard in quite some time.

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