5/26/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Paragon - Revenge - 2005 - Magick Records
This record really could be a breakthrough here in the US. As the band's "Law Of The Blade" record lit a fire under the German metal folk, "Revenge" could be a tremendous success if enough quality publications echo the fact that Paragon are available stateside. So I urge all US power followers to rush to their nearest Best Buy, FYE, Camelot Music, or Circuit City and pick this one up. But what use is there in picking up something that hasn't been described? Well simply put Paragon are German power metal. But beyond that they really hold the banner high for the old school metal sound, enforcing the beliefs and practices set down long ago by Priest, Maiden, and Sabbath. As many bands cater to either a new wave or thrash sound, Paragon really could be closely compared to Accept, with so many of their riffs rock ready and groove oriented. After seven albums of blisterning metal rumble, Paragon are back with a vengeance, ready to put right all the wrongs of the world.
Once again Piet Sielck steps in to assist the band in this effort, as he did on "Steelbound", "Law Of The Blade", and "The Fourth Legacy". This marks the recording debut of new guitarist Günny "Gunman" Kruse, who replaces previous member Claudius Cremer. As a whole this album really compares to the last three records but I do hear some hints of the band's beginning. There is some slower parts to this release, with the epic "Masters Of The Seas" playing a huge role in that aspect of the group. Vocalist Andreas Babuschkin is right on the money here, delivering his brand of metal mayhem in just the right tone, the right amount of energy and fire so to speak. Jan's bass ability is amazing, just working wonders here and rumbling along like a tank, an unstoppable force of destruction. New guitarist Gunny seems to deliver a little bit of a faster pace at times as well, odd that this has some of the slowest Paragon moments as well as the fastest.
Obviously fans of this band will know what to expect here. Paragon just do what they do best, unleashing a pound for pound body shot every time around. These guys are metal and metal all the time. With plenty of Sabbath backbone and the hard rock riff's of Scorpions and Accept, "Revenge" is constructed as the perfect riff rocker. From the Van Helsing themed "Impaler" to the rather doomy "Beyond The Veil", these Germans show they are really in their prime, with this new album just a showcase of raw ability and talent. They go beyond their years, incorporating eveyrthing we know and love about metal into one chaotic thunderstorm of utter heaviness. They have done everything and done it exactly right. Next stop for Paragon, to end world hunger.
Choice cuts for me are "Impaler", "Assassins", and "Masters Of The Seas".
Note - The band pay homage to one of Teutonic metal's founding fathers, Manowar, with a cover of "The Gods Made Heavy Metal".
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