PARAGON - REVENGE - REMEDY/MAGICK
Paragon defines heavy metal. The German band and its latest album Revenge are exact models for what heavy metal is and what every metal band should do. Song after song on Revenge exemplifies the spirit, riffs and patterns of this superior art form. The band's rhythm section is very much in the vein of Accept, as heard on songs like Symphony Of Pain, while the throaty vocals rekindle memories of vintage Accept or Faithful Breath. The band's does go up tempo often which takes the band into Hammerfall territory, but with a grittier singer up front Paragon is more Risk or Grave Digger and less Hammerfall or Dream Evil vocally. The solos are not as many as a fan would like, but the lead guitars shine wherever they appear. The Battle Rages On, The Art Of War and the slower song Empire Of The Lost are prime examples. Speaking of slower songs, Beyond The Veil is a prime example of how to deliver a pounding slab of molten steel. The band deems it wise to cover Manowar's The Gods Made heavy Metal and while one cannot argue with the title, the connotations of the original composers is something the Germans can probably do without.
Everything Paragon does is done right and fans of undefiled and genuine heavy metal really need look no further. This is smashing stuff. - Ali "The Metallian"