In 1987 the Speed Metal band PARADOX had been absolute forerunners among newcomers in Germany. After 2 demos and one compilation song on “Teutonic Invasion – Part One” the band belted out a great debut. The press somersaulted with praise and the band had everything it took to get big. But what happened? Exactly, nothing!
After the second album “Heresy“, which was received a lot less hotly by the press, there was silence for many years. Instead of PARADOX, BLIND GUARDIAN made it. Stories, written by life.
But let’s stay with PARADOX and “Product Of Imagination“. Discounting the intro and the short, unnecessary fun son “Wotan II”, remain eight speedies, of which especially the furious “Paradox” with its dark middle part and killer great solos, and “Pray To The Godz Of Wrath” (already on the T.I. compilation), which’s opening riff has been borrowed from AGENT STEEL’s classic “Guilty As Charged“, stand out. The other songs are somewhere between METALLICA at “Kill ’Em All“ and old TESTAMENT, plus a good portion of originality.
Teutonic straightness paired with good ideas and fine melody lines. But you can twist and turn it as much as you want, in the end you stay stuck with these two songs, because they cling to your ears right away. Apart from the Roadracer Price Killer version that I own the album has been re-released via High Vaultage with opulent packaging and bonus songs. In any way you cannot make anything wrong by buying this, if you are into Speed Metal. (Online May 18, 2004)