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Pariah - Blaze Of Obscurity (10/10) - Great Britain - 1989

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Steamhammer
Playing time: 41:22
Band homepage: -


  1. Missionary Of Mercy
  2. Puppet Regime
  3. Canary
  4. Blaze Of Obscurity
  5. Retaliate!
  6. Hypochondriac
  7. Enemy Within
  8. The Brotherhood
Pariah - Blaze Of Obscurity

Among the biggest jinxes of the scene surely were SATAN and PARIAH from Newcastle, England. But more on that in Hawk’s SATAN review. It is a fact that after the super great “Suspended Sentence” LP the band renamed itself into PARIAH due to the Satanist band name, to record this album in the same line-up. And what should I say: Another divine offering!


The snotty/dirty vocals of Michael Jackson (yes, really his name) alone along with the break-ridden axe work and twin solos of dream team Tippins/English (also SKYCLAD) are worth it. The songs still are somewhere between quirky NWoBHM and slightly complex Thrash Metal. So they continued on in the style of the previous album. Still this album did not make it beyond the status of a secret tip. Is it because metal was almost dead in 1989 or had PARIAH just been too demanding? Unforgettable songs such as “Missionary Of Mercy“, “Canary“ or the divine semi-acoustic title track, to just pick out two (let’s count again… one…two…THREE! – Alex), are world class, which will stand the test of time. As so many things that this exceptional cult band created.


After that they still released “The Kindred“ under the PARIAH banner, which was a lot more Thrashy and also had some highlights, and “Unity” with former TYSONDOG singer Alan Hunter. Another cool album, which still hardly interested anybody. It’s a mad mad world!

(Online December 21, 2006)

Ralf Henn

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