PAGANIZER - MURDER DEATH KILL - XTREEM
Paganizer has a sound which leans heavily on early Grave. The vocals, in particular, are patterned after the Into The Grave album. The music is both fast and heavy. Despite all that virtue, what Paganizer lacks is a distinguishing cachet. The Swedish quartet's purity of purpose is genuinely appreciated at Metallian Towers, but the fact that a riff off Grave's Hating Life song appears intact on Formaldehyde Dreams is not. Paganizer's challenge is to retain its undefiled brutality and then proceed to enhance it with more stimulating structures. - Ali "The Metallian"
PAGANIZER - NO DIVINE RAPTURE - XTREEM MUSIC
This is the fifth album of the Swedes, recently reduced to a trio. They have gone from a debut on a Malaysian label and ended up on the Spanish label for this release. Musically, this is yet another album which claims to be the most punishing release of a band. What it offers is a Grave-like sound which happens to be mastered by Dan Swano. The nine songs on No Divine Rapture offer up some of the old Swedish sound and with titles like Devour Digest Defecate, Way Of The Rotting and Nailed Forever one can only guess as to the lyrics' subjects. Good enough to satisfy fans of the Swedish metal sound. - Anna Tergel