Pagan - _Heathen Upheaval_
by: Pedro Azevedo (3 out of 5)
What this Turkish band really lacks for now is power and aggression. Their mostly mid-paced melodic black metal is well played, the songs are reasonably well written, the production is decent and the packaging was well taken care of. The problem is that they tend to lack the ability to create really powerful riffs, some intense drumming, faster passages that actually work or anything with which they can build a -really- powerful sequence. The music tends to be somewhat tame, though far from ridiculously so and always reasonably good in its own way (especially during "Marching of the Hordes" and "The Ascending"), but the overall lack of power isn't compensated enough by remarkably great melodies or darker atmospheres. As a result, _Heathen Upheaval_ is still a decent effort and features some interesting passages, but overall it remains unable to impress as much as it could have.

Contact: Pagan, PK. 2 Baglarbasi, 81150 Usk Udar, Istanbul, Turkiye

(article published 12/10/1999)

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