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Paradox
Pangea
July 2016
Released: 2016, AFM Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Celebrating 30 years as a band, Paradox returns with their 7th LP in PANGEA, coming three years after the well-received TALES OF THE WEIRD. Named after the ancient super continent, PANGEA offers up the hyper, committed and technical brand of thrash these Germans have been peddling since day one. In keeping with their milestone anniversary, PANGEA is the band’s longest album to date at roughly 60 minutes. The original lineup was also brought together for the title track, offering a bit of recognition and nostalgia for the long-time fans.



PANGEA is an album with a loud mix, really a strange sound that takes some time to digest. The songs are melodic, fast and nervous, moving through numerous riffs and changes. We get a history/political lesson in “Ballot or Bullet”, a reference to Malcolm X’s 1964 King Solomon Baptist Church speech. It is blistering and anxiety inducing. “Manhunt” comes at just the right time, the clean intro offering a brief respite from the first 4 pummeling songs before transitioning into decidedly faster fare.



“Cheat & Pretend” is also a welcome mid-tempo chugger, recalling Rage at their best. “Vale Of Tears” offers more variety, being sort of balladic in a dissonant, Nevermore way. Mostly though, this album resembles current Helstar with dashes of old Coroner, Paradox capable of equaling the former but not the latter. While there are vague power metal references in the melodies, this is basically thrash for complexity-obsessed speed freaks, Paradox incapable of standing still long enough to offer a hook or groove. Fans of this type of thrash should be pleased, as this is highly accomplished and does not really sound like anyone else, Paradox somehow continuing to intensify as they age.
Track Listing

01 Apophis
02 Raptor
03 The Raging Planet
04 Ballot Or Bullet
05 Manhunt
06 Cheat & Pretend
07 Pangea
08 Vale Of Tears
09 Alien Godz
10 El Muerte

Lineup

Charly Steinhauer: vocals,
lead & rythm guitar
Gus Drax: lead guitar
Tilen Hudrap: bass guitar
Kostas Milonas: drums

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Paradox
Pangea
October 2016
Released: 2016, AFM Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

It took the band four years to follow up on TALES OF THE WEIRD but it was worth the wait. I thought they might loose a bit of momentum but my fear was unfounded! I was also worried that they complete and total line-up overhaul, with three members exiting and three news ones joining, that the instability might mess up the chemistry of the last album, but again, Paradox pulled it off. I suppose as long as founder, singer, guitarists and main song-writer Charley leads the band, it will be Paradox. One of the only things that didn’t change is that band is still on AFM Records!



PANGEA is the bands 7th full-lengthy studio album and pretty much picks up right off where the last album left off. Heavy and fast Paradox is one of those few bands like Vicious Rumors that nicely straddles both Thrash and Power Metal. Speaking of Vicious Rumors, Tilen Hudrap (Vicious Rumors) is now the new bassist for Paradox so perhaps there is a slight connection there. It’s a solid and hefty album with the ten songs running for an hour with some more adventurous compositions on display with half the songs in the 6-7 minute range. This album crushes skulls from start to finish great riffs, great production and lots of good solos like the one heard on ‘Manhunt’. The whole collection of songs has that sort of ‘controlled chaos’ feel to it…always threatening to go off the rails but never quite does giving the listener the proverbial (and perhaps to use a cliché on my part) white-knuckle rollercoaster ride.



On a final note, PANGEA has my favourite album cover they have done, featuring some sort of giant multi-tentacle space monster eating the entire planet earth! Yum!
Track Listing

1. Apophis
2. Raptor
3. The Raging Planet
4. Ballot or Bullet
5. Manhunt
6. Cheat & Pretend
7. Pangea
8. Vale of Tears
9. Alien Godz
10. El Muerte

Lineup

Charly Steinhauer Vocals, Guitar
Gus Drax Guitar
Tilen Hudrap Bass
Kostas Milonas Drums

Contact

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Other reviews

» Electrify
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Tales Of The Weird
by JP

» Pangea
by Erich

» Pangea
by JP


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Previous review: » Paradox - Electrify





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