PAGANIZE - EVILUTION HOUR - CANDLELIGHT
In the war of metal bands for domination and respectability Norway’s Paganize is going to fare somewhere near the middle. Paganize features the drumming of Trym better known for his work in Emperor, Enslaved and Zyklon. This, however, is neither a black metal band nor even particularly extreme as far as metal bands go. The drumming itself is hardly speedy or dominant. Rather, the emphasis is on the vocals of Geir Helge Fredheim. It is here that the man’s nearly shrilly screams and out-of-control screams limit the enjoyment derived from the band. Admittedly, the band becomes more tolerable upon repeated listens and the musicians’ riffs and leads come to the fore and improve the listener’s outlook of Paganize, but it is genuinely difficult to get over the vocals. Nevertheless, Evilution Hour has its fair share of Maiden-esque riffery. Other notable influences are Queensrÿche and Fates Warning. Yet, above all, Paganize reminds one of the old Wild Rags band, Arcane.
Paganize might betray its roots with that monicker, but above all the band is akin to a US progressive metal band, albeit with average material that nonetheless improves with repeat listens. - Ali “The Metallian”