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Paimonia - Disease Named Humanity - 90%

EyesOfGlass, May 22nd, 2014
Written based on this version: 2013, CD, Humanity's Plague Productions (Jewel Case / Pro-done Tape)

Whenever someone thinks of black metal, the first countries that come to mind are Norway, Sweden or Finland with bands such as Emperor, Darkthrone or Impaled Nazarene, or even Greece, with acts like Rotting Christ or Varathron. In this case, we will talk about Paimonia, a band that comes from Serbia and shows a quality level that is not always present in bands considerably bigger than this project.

Proving that geographic conditions represent no obstacle at all, Paimonia comes off as a black metal band highly, and I mean, highly influenced by death metal, something that can be mainly heard in the guitar parts, which without putting aside the black metal essence, show a strong influence of death metal. Talking about the guitars, Bojan Vukoman shows very good songwriting skills, since the songs, without straying too far away from the genre, don’t end up being tedious or boring. The inclusion of acoustic guitar parts, not only as intros or outros to the songs, as can be seen in tracks like Ruined from Catharsis, add a lot of freshness to the compositions, which combined with the already well-thought-out structures of the songs, results in a really interesting ride throughout the album. Another strong part of the band is their drummer, Nikola Pacek-Vetnik, who demonstrates impeccable double bass skills as well as a great endurance and consistency while playing. Another good thing is that he’s not blasting 24/7, instead, he adjusts properly to the songs with some nice fills and patterns that contribute to the tightness of the compositions.

This album has some more nice features that need to be analyzed. Paimonia’s lyrics are about nihilism and misanthropy, about the fall of this evil race that is known as men. The instrumentation, specially the acoustic guitars and the production of the album, in conjuction with the lyrics, contribute to create a really sinister atmosphere that haunts each of the seven songs in it. What’s more, the song “Depth Within Nothingness Called Life” includes a violin, courtesy of Andrijana Rajic, that adds a haunting and eerie feel to the music and the overall atmosphere. I also want to highlight the last track, Opus VII (Through the Endless Phantasmagoria) which is a beautiful instrumental outro where Bojan shows again his songwriting skills delivering a melodic and hauntingly eerie composition, that serves perfectly as an ending to the obscure ride that this album is. You have to listen to it to know what I'm talking about. Last but not least, I want to also make a mention about the cover art, as it shows a mature approach to the music, and the depicted image of what seems to be a desolated and abandoned city in ruins complements the theme of the songs perfectly.

In conclusion, Paimonia proves to be a really capable band whem it comes to recreate sinister and dark atmospheres, that are complemented by impeccable songwriting and playing skills, resulting in a fresh and interesting album for anybody who is willing to listen to it.

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