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Pagan Altar : The Lords of Hypocracy

'The Lords of Hypocrisy' consists of re-recordings of songs the band had written in its first period of existence. The band is probably very light for the ears of modern doom fans who learned doom metal with the rise of doom/death bands in the 90s and 00s; however, Pagan Altar manages to create a dark atmosphere that many big names of today's scene can't even dream of.

The level of the compositions is extremely high and it is very difficult to pick one, but 'Satan's Henchmen', which in fewer than 3 minutes, gives lessons of how a doom metal song should feel. Also, the epics 'The Aftermath', 'March of the Dead' and 'Armageddon' can really haunt you with their slow paced riffs and atmosphere. The most difficult part of the album to be accepted by the average fan is the love-them-or-hate-them vocals (which remind me a lot of Dave Mustaine). Also, a dark point that keeps me from calling it perfect is the production. When it is compared with other modern traditional doom metal albums, it is a little bit empty to my ears. If you like bands like Pentagram, 'Sabbath and early Candlemass, then this is a must have album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Lords of Hypocrisy
2. Satan's Henchmen
3. Sentiments of Hate
4. Armageddon
5. The Interlude
6. The Aftermath
7. The Masquerade
8. The Devil Came Down to Brockley
9. March of the Dead

Duration : Approx. 50 minute

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Dimitris Plastiras
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