Pagan Hellfire - _In Desolation, in Ruins_
(Soldats Inconnus, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
This is the re-release of Pagan Hellfire's 2005 album, and includes an obligatory bonus track, which is of poorer quality with a rawer edge. Musically, their allegiance is to the old school Norse style, or more specifically the cold, key-less but atmosphere drenched school epitomised by Mayhem.

Their guitar is sound is not so much sparse as it is thin, but their minimalist approach does imbue the music with an unmistakably frost drenched atmosphere. Bass does not only provide a rhythmic function but also as a generator of atmosphere. Perhaps the songs do drag on a bit -- these are not the most technical of numbers, and atmospherics aside, are a bit overlong.

This will not be mistaken for a groundbreaking album and may even be said to adhere too closely to the Nordic sound without providing their own interpretation. But it does the job in an efficient if unremarkable fashion, and will be appreciated by all fans of icy fury.


(article published 31/12/2007)

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