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The power of doom - 95%

Theli, October 2nd, 2007

Pagan Altar have done it again. Every Pagan Altar album is a classic, this one not the least of all. While you can still hear heavy Sabbath influence Pagan Altar have taken their folk influences even further and really became a unique band. Pagan Altar capture a special mystical feeling in their music that is unmatched by anyone today, and reminds me of greats from the past like Legend (US), Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep.

Pagan Altar started their life in the late 70's, however they only released one album in 82, though they continued writing and recording material. Finally this material was released on Lords of Hypocrisy and Mythical and Magical. This material really proves how ahead of their time Pagan Altar were. It wasn't until the 90's that metal bands really started to incorporate folk influences in their music. Mythical and Magical is full dark, occult and epic lyrics with the music to match. Samhein and Cry of the Banshee start of the album with a punch, delivering epic dark metal with some great leads. Other stand out tracks are The Erl King and The Rising of the Dark Lord.

The only reason this album didn't get 100 was because of the mixing, the vocals need to be a little lower in the mix and the drums raised, at times it's almost impossible to hear the kick drum.

The best things about this album is the excellent songwriting and seductive leads. If you're a fan of Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Black Sabbath, Legend or Uriah Heep you should definitely check this album out.