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Review: Paganland - Wind of Freedom
Wind of Freedom

Label: Svarga Music
Year released: 2013
Duration: 37:48
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 13, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

A name like Paganland doesn't exactly leave you guessing what style of Metal the band plays, does it? Pagan/Black Metal, in the style of Arkona (sans female vocals) or Tverd, is the order of the day, though Paganland pay closer attention to the "Black" and "Metal" parts and less to "Pagan." Sure, it's sung in Russian (or perhaps the band's native Ukrainian language, I'm not sure) and there are flutes, accordions, woodland sound effects, etc. but those things are all in support roles. Guitars, drums, keyboards and vocals are the focus of Paganland's music, which is melodic and epic. The songwriting is decent but nothing spectacular, rendering Wind of Freedom a nice listen but one that doesn't sink many hooks into your ears. The production is somewhat muted so nothing jumps out of the speakers to grab you. The backing vocal lines aren't all that great either, until you get to the last couple of songs. This is when Wind of Freedom really starts to take off. The mixing of blackened growls and clear singing hits its stride on "Night Forest" and the double-kick drums of "Fogs and Twilights" give the song an almost Power Metal feel. Finally, Paganland really get epic on the title track, which closes the album. The chants add another dimension to the great atmosphere of the song. When all is said and done, Wind of Freedom is good but falls short of great.

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