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   PARAGON
The Dark Legacy
2003
Remedy Records
http://www.paragon-legions.com


rating: 3/5

1. The Legacy
2. Mirror Of Fate
3. Breaking Glass
4. Black Hole
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. Maze Of Dread
7. The Afterlife
8. Green Hell
9. Back From Hell
10. Into The Black

Once again a rather unknown band emerges from Germany. A band that presents a monster and a warrior (with muscels that would have Arnold hiding in shame) on the cover art of an album entitled "The Darek Legacy". Yes, you guessed right, they play a form of power metal. Paragon was founded in 1990 by guitar player and main songwriter Martin Christian, so they're definitely not newbies in the business. "The Dark Legacy" is their sixth studio release and sees the band continue in the vein of traditional 80's influenced true/heavy metal in the vein of their fellow countrymen Iron Savior, Running Wild and Grave Digger. They have crunchy riffs and pounding heavy drumming and crispy production by Piet Sielck (Iron Savior), who else? The singer, Andreas Babuschkin, sounds with his nice rasp quite a bit like Sielck on Iron Savior albums.

With this kind of albums, representing rather predictable true metal, one often wants a little more variation. Even if there are machine gun-like doublebass drumming, muscle-oozing choirs in the background, crunchy riffing and fingertwisting solos, there's very little new one can find on the second listen, if anything at all. Still, in its own way this is a good album and if you're not headbanging by "Eye Of The Storm" kicks in, there's something seriously wrong with you. The album puts a smile on my face, whether or not that was intended and once its over you just stand in awe thinking "so that's that?". Soon your eyes start blinking again you start repeating "gimme more true metal" to yourself eventhough you know there aren't any surprises coming your way.

submitted by Aleksi 19.09.2003

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