PAGANIZER “On the Outskirts of Hades” 

WIRED ANXIETY “The Delirium of Negation”

By Dr. Abner Mality

Transcending Obscurity is an India-based label and distro that becoming a powerful force in the worldwide metal scene. Here we have 2 new Eps from them…one from a long-running European powerhouse, the other from a brand new Indian band.

Paganizer is the known quantity. It’s the flagship band for the ultra-prolific Rogga Johansson and the one he’s been heading up for over 20 years. With “On the Outskirts of Hades”, Rogga’s come up with the most memorable and catchy death metal from Paganizer yet. On the recent release from his other project Megascavenger, Rogga experimented with his usual sound quite a bit and the result was not too appealing. With Paganizer, he sticks to raw meat basics…pounding super chunky mid paced riffs, roaring vocals, stinging guitar solos. No sampling, no messing around.”Angry All the Time” is so hooky it’s almost criminal. And the other three tunes follow suit. The result is the best thing Rogga and Paganizer have done in a long time.

Wired Anxiety is the new name hailing from the burgeoning Indian metal scene. These guys don’t quite equal the power of Paganizer, but they sure don’t embarrass themselves. The four songs on “The Delirium of Negation” are all fast and brutal, much more in the vein of American bands like Malevolent Creation than Paganizer’s medium speed thump. The vocals are more bestial and even have occasional pig squeals. But there’s also a catchiness in their approach. Very cool slower riffs pop up on “Heavily Sedated” and “Focus 22”. There’s also some intricate guitar melodies. I wouldn’t say these guys have their own identity yet, but this EP is a great start to what could be a promising career.