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Pagan Altar : Volume 1

This is a re-issue of old work from Pagan Altar that they composed between 1978 and 1981. Given those dates you have probably guessed that this is traditional doom-metal. While overrunning with 'Sabbath influences, Pagan Altar stands out by the amount of atmosphere they have put into the music.

The cover shows the entire band on stage in monk robes and this mystical feeling can also be found back in the music. The intro's sometimes remind me a bit of those old 80ties zombie movies like 'Tomb of the Blind Zombies' or 'Oasis of the living Dead'. Druids slowly moving around through ancient ruins on their way to some sort of black mass. This however without losing anything of the heavy sound associated with 80ties doom bands. I also really need to mention the wonderful acoustic track 'Acoustics'. Perhaps not the most typical track of the album, but brilliant stuff!

However, Terry Jones' clean vocals do take some getting used to. Also, even though the album has been re-mastered, the production is not up to modern-day standards. That however does add to the 80ties feel of it all.

If you are interested in this album (and I can recommend it to any fan of 80ties doom) please contact Russ Smit,. either via e-mail: BTears@aol.com or via the following postal address: Russ Smith, 6 Elderfield Road, Stoke Poges, Slough, Berkshire SL2 4DE, England. The album costs $15/25DM for Europe and $16 for the rest of the world.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Pagan Altar
2. In the Wake of Armadeus
3. Judgement of the Dead
4. The Black Mass
5. Night Rider
6. Acoustics
7. Reincarnation

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes

Visit the Pagan Altar bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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