Pagan Altar’s NWOBHM Beginnings And Pioneering Doom Metal Perfectly Converge….
Veterans of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene Pagan Altar truly made their impact once they reformed in 2004 and released the magnificent Mythical And Magical in 2008. Fusing core elements of traditional heavy metal with the classic doom metal they themselves pioneered in the early 80’s, Pagan Altar successfully wound back the clock to the glory days of Sabbath, Necromandus and Witchfinder General.
Exhibiting a paganist sound that definitively grounds Mythical And Magical as a British release, Pagan Altar’s fusion of folk and 70’s heavy metal renders the album strangely timeless, resulting in the most warmly organic album on this list; a perfect amalgamation of doom metal’s original sounds.
Bewitching and unashamedly retro, Pagan Altar’s updating of folk staples and classic heavy metal mentality are particularly showcased on the outstanding “Rising Of The Dark Lord” and the alluring “The Cry Of The Banshee”. A time-warp of NWOBHM licks, Ozzy-esque vocals and vintage songwriting (much of Mythical And Magical dates back to the 80’s, so this should comes as no surprise), the artistry on display here is utterly breathtaking.
An insanely underrated album (and band); doom metal simply wouldn’t be doom metal if it wasn’t for Pagan Altar.