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OLD PAGAN
OLD PAGAN
Ogdrun Jarhar
(Narbentage Produktionen / Satanath Records)
42:34min

A wave of Black Metal released in late 2015 is flowing this way - this time we are going to Germany to find OLD PAGAN, that have been quite active since 2006, and "Ogdrun Jarhar" is their third full length release. I've been searching and searching to find an origin for the band's name ogdrun jarhar, though the closest I have come, is a reference to the Hellboy comics. One of the first things I think of when thinking of satanism and darkness, though it might be a correct assumption (if it isn't, please enlighten me!) that it is the case, as there is a dragon-looking beast on the cover artwork, and with a bit of symbolism, the title of one of the tracks 'Amon Ramah' could also lead to Hellboy, though let's leave that aside and concentrate on the music. Traditional Black Metal which is brought forth from a good mix of Scandinvian, Middle European and American waves, I actually more than once got flashbacks to a dark past, where the late 90s and mid-00s American Black Metal scene painted my world dark and sinister. Musically it is quite well delivered, as well with the songwriting being decent, the songs are working and we are getting a full blast attack. I really like the vocals, which have a lot of passion and despair into them, and the cold and menacing guitartone is also quite nice in this setting, and paints a lot of the atmosphere. "Ogdrun Jarhar" is a great treat if you like Black Metal from the late 90s to the mid-00s done exactly like that, flawless and well executed, though nothing we haven't heard a great deal of times, though such albums are also good fun once in a while when we are in need for a blast from the past, done contemporary. For all additional info on the band and their music go here: www.oldpagan.de, www.facebook.com/groups/192978327379825, https://narbentage.bandcamp.com, https://symbolofdomination.bandcamp.com, www.satanath.com

Anders Peter Jørgensen

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