A strong slab of Metal is it, the first release by Münster-based German band PAGAN ANGEL. It becomes apparent that more and more bands cannot be unequivocally categorised (fortunately), and so are they.
The opening "Pagan Angel" offers us a mixture from traditional Metal (no, no True Metal!) and some thrashy guitars, plus intelligently implemented vocal-samples (no, not trendy crap!) and some acoustics, too. The thrashy side clearly shows through on the following "The Emptiness", especially in the guitars and drums, while the voice bears more melody than with many thrashers, but again PAGAN ANGEL don't limit themselves to one sub-genre, but are varying their sound.
"Schwarzes Blut" then has, surprisingly German lyrics and also musically is something special. Fast, dynamic, with an interesting vocal line, the lyrics also fit the music very well. While "Leave Me Alone" is a rather simpler thrasher, "Goddess Of Pain" is coming over very varied again and can convince by its cleverly arranged style-mix.
The more than ten-and-a-half-minute epos "Warlord Titan" closes the album and the length alone already is enough to show you that this is not your standard song. Very varied in sound, some samples again get used to enhance the atmosphere before the music fades out and gives way to pure sounds of war, before it returns again, completely instrumental and with more than a few rather strange twists.
So, this band clearly has contract-calibre!