Thursday, January 7, 2016

CD Review: PAGANFIRE The Executor Is Back

PAGANFIRE
The Executor Is Back
Independent
http://paganfire13.proboards.com
paganfire13@yahoo.com
The Executor Is Back is a new two-track single from Paganfire, the latest in a long line of demos, promo cassettes, full lengths, live albums, EPs, promotional videos and split releases going back to 2004. I’ve commented before how the band never strayed from their approach to extreme music since their formation, nor has their determination to bring their furious brand of death-thrash to the rest of the world wavered, whether releasing material independently or through obscure labels and distro companies. In 2016 we’re getting another example of the underground spirit channeled through their blazing guitars, frenetic percussion and abrasive vocals. I would say the six-minute piece recorded for this single takes me farther back to the mid-nineties. While there’s just one original song to go by, hearing “The Executor Is Back” is like discovering death metal on compilations like Satan's Revenge Part II and makes me want to visit a mom and pop record store to see what new releases just arrived. This song reaches almost six minutes in length and contains more guitar progressions than you might expect from bands like this, heading closer to epic territory while bombarding you with time changes and little room to catch breath between them. So relentless is this track that by the time it ends you are convinced beyond any shred of doubt that the executor has returned to stay. The second track is a cover of Gehennah’s “Hellstorm” from their 1996 album King Of The Sidewalk (yet another 90s favorite of mine). It’s about twenty years old, but Paganfire breathe new life into it as if it had just been written and composed recently. I’m already looking forward to the next full length from them. -Dave Wolff

Track list:
1.    The Executor Is Back
2.    Hellstorm (Gehennah cover)

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