Album review: PARADOX – Pangea

PARADOX – Pangea

AFM Records [Release date 03.06.16]

German thrash band Paradox celebrate their 30th anniversary with the release of their seventh studio “Pangea”.

Surviving founding member Charly Steinhauer has been joined by an endless array of musicians since debut “Product of Imagination” was release back in 1987 and this time is no different with no surviving member from previous release “Tales of the Weird” released at the end of 2012. So there is Charly on vocals and guitars backed by Gus Drax on guitars, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Kostas Milonas on drums.

Paradox is Charly Steinhauer’s baby and he has battled through ill health and years of inactivity to keep his band alive.

“Pangea” is an old school thrash album through and through with a few modern twists thrown in for good measure.

Apophis begins slowly but soon turns into a good old Anthrax-like mosh. Subsequent tracks Raptor and Raging Planet pass by in a blur…

Ballot or Bullet is a very fast one after a spoken intro…definitely head-banger material! Cheat & Pretend has a little more variation but again you just know what it sounds like.

Vale of Tears is probably the best number on here…a little slower and more atmospheric.

One of my main grumbles would have to be the vocals which are very strained and high pitched throughout and begin to gnaw away at you long before the Metal Church like closer El Muerte.

If you still appreciate second division 1980’s thrash then “Pangea” will seem like a trip down memory lane!  **½

Review by Phil Berisford

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