CD review PARANORM ‘Empyrean’

Paranorm is based in Uppsala, Sweden and was formed in 2007. A first EP called ‘Pandemonium’s Rise’ has been released in 2011 and it was the ‘The Edge of Existence’ release that followed in 2014. What’s missing until now is a full-length album, forged by the Swedish quartet. The band started this adventure a while ago and finally, on February 26th this year, the album was unchained.

The tracklist features eight songs, all powerful and equipped with a solid punch. It’s raw thrash metal that reminds of bands like Kreator that reaches your eardrums and at the same time some death metal elements sneaked into the songs too. Sometimes you have to think about Gothenburg’s Dark Tranquility when listening to songs like ‘The Immortal Generation’, also because of frontman Markus Hiltunen who, with his harsh vocals, partly reminds of Mikael Stanne.  

What makes the album to an exciting journey through the power of metal are the layers that are weaved into the tunes. Paranorm doesn’t keep things short. In contrary. The guys use their songwriting talent to create with ‘Edge of Horizon’ and ‘Empyrean’ compositions with nine minutes and longer. With all the spot-on heaviness in place, none of the tracks contains endless repetitions. There are always some twists that spice things up without losing any potential for headbanging.

‘Empyrean’ is Paranorm’s debut and it’s a well-done one. Thrash metal fans and metalheads that dig a solid riff should check-out this longplayer.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Critical Mass
  2. The Immortal Generation
  3. Edge of the Horizon
  4. Intelligence Explosion
  5. Cannibal
  6. Empyrean
  7. Lost Cause
  8. Desolate Worlds (Distant Dimensions)

Label: Redefining Darkness Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2021

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