Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid
Nothing could probably be more wrong than to claim that Västerviks own Death Metal King, Rogga Johansson waste any time, getting more Death Metal to the people. With an insane number of ongoing projects, collaborations and solo escapades, Rogga probably writes more Death Metal-riffs in one month than the average Deathster does in a death time and now he is back with a new record, the eleventh since their first full length release back in 1999, with his main act, Paganizer!
With “The Tower of the Morbid” there isn’t much new under the sun since, as classic a Death Metal-cover the beautiful painting on the album front is, as classic Death Metal does the music on the album sound! This is somewhat formula 1A of Swedish Death Metal (East Coast that is) in a box and you get every ingredient necessary, from the punky D-beat, the heavy doom parts, sinister melodies, the grind outbursts, abysmal growl and of course some really catchy tunes!
In fact sometimes a bit to catchy if you ask me, at least in the overly melodic piece “They Came to Die”, sounding like something that could have been present on some of Carcass later albums and if Paganizer ever is going to have a “hit”, I guess this is the tune to make it!
Although that song might not be my cup of tea, the rest of the record, makes up for that by far, as the remaining 10 tracks consist of pure “Stockholm school” Death Metal, but with an individual touch in each song, making this relevant even compared with the myriad of Death Metal-records on the market today.
It’s a well-known fact that Sweden in the early nineties, along with U.S.A. was THE country to be recon with when it came to quality Death Metal and Paganizer, with “The Tower of the Morbid” puts another nail in the coffin, ensuring that this statement is as actual now as it where then!
Title: The Tower of the Morbid
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Date of release: 27/10-19
Playing time: 38:23
Stand out track: Redemptionless