Roundtable Album Review: Paranorm – The Edge of Existence (EP)

Paranorm coverLabel: Self-released

Release Date: 27 February, 2014

Songs: 4

Length: 26 minutes

Genre: Progressive thrash metal

Studio Albums: 1 previous EP

Location: Sweden

 

 

WarpRider – I see a lot of similarities between Paranorm and Annihilator; clean and meticulous, thrashy rhythm, and melody and speed. Therefore, the only real downside to this album is that there are only four songs. In short, it’s a pulse-pounding experience and I look forward to hearing more of what Paranorm can do in the future. 3.5

Irmelinis – There is plenty of power and energy in Paranorm’s progressive take on thrash metal, which I really appreciate. Wishing for a bit more variation in the vocal department, right now the songs don’t hold my attention for long. On the plus side: great-looking band logo and album art! 2.0

ChristopherMammal – Thanks, Paranorm, this my kind of metal. It has all the ingredients of thrash, very tightly integrated and well performed. The progressive elements that appeal to hippie-headbangers like me come in several pleasing shapes and forms. The key and chord selections add the extra dimension to the overall musical flavor. The guitar and bass merrily chat to each other in counterpoint. The drumming goes well beyond thrash blast-beats. I really enjoyed the intelligent selection of keyboards and even what sounded like kettle drums for the different songs. As for the vocals, they’re consistent, strong and perfectly matched to the songs. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.2 out of 5

 

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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