Pagan Reign are a band from Russia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of folk and pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Art Of The Time" which was released by Casus Belli Musica.
Folk instruments start off the album which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music while the vocals bring in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of blast beats.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while one track also introduces clean pagan vocals onto the recording as well as some spoken word parts also being utilized at times.
Classical guitars can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with the music also having its symphonic moments as well as a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length, some tracks also add in death metal growls and tremolo picking can also be heard in the faster riffing The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Slavic and Nordic Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Pagan Reign and if you are a fan of folk and pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Gods We Trust" "Eternal Saga Of Glory" and "Voice of The Legend". 8 out of 10.
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