Panzerfaust
The Dark Age of Militant Paganism


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
August 19th, 2009 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a fleet of tanks waving the “Militant Pagan Black Metal” flag, Panzerfaust roll in with a black metal assault to blow us back to the dark ages.

Panzerfaust may not ring familiar with most black metal fanatics and this is no surprise. Coming from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, this isn’t exactly a great breeding place for black metal bands, especially bands that are pagan based and use primitive World War II history lessons to conjure up enjoyable black metal. What’s stunning about their debut is the fact that they sound like seasoned veterans of the raw black metal style that was coming out of Norway in the early 90s. Forming in 2005 and releasing an E.P. The Winds Will Lead Us, Panzerfaust did some low key touring and improved their chops along the way before releasing 2008s The Dark Age of Militant Paganism.

Comprising the entire album, Panzerfaust deliver Dissection-esque black metal on all ten tracks without ever full on plagiarizing their black metal heroes. Instead, Panzerfaust have opted to do things their own way by incorporating militant like chops with commanding song structures that will even have the most avid black metal fans saluting their flag. Laying down a solid rhythm foundation that varies extremely well for a band of this type, Lord Baphomet destroys his kit with varying tempos of blast beats (pretty much every song), militant marching sections (the excellent “Iconoclast”), and mid tempo doomy passages (the hilariously titled “Impale the Nazarene (*** You Father for I Have Sinned”)). Found amongst the drumming mayhem is a steady arsenal of riffs that are comprised of splendid northerly frigid melodies (pretty much every song), snarling down-tuned tremolo picking (personal favourite “Storming Under Blackened Horizons”, but still, pretty much every song), and heavy riffs abound (I promise this is the last time, pretty much every song). This formula may sound redundant to read but what did you expect? This is black metal and they mix it up well.

If there is one thing to criticize about this album, it can be found within the lyrics, which are to never be taken seriously anyways. Goliath’s raspy screams are convincing enough of the concepts he covers throughout the album (anti-Christianity, World War II themes, Paganism) that no one should really care how he constructs his lyrics anyways. For a band that is unheard of from such an unusual black metal breeding ground, this is an excellent debut within the black metal scene. The band conquers what they set out to do: roll their tanks up to a church full of Christians and blast the living hell out of it!



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Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Balls will most likely jizz when he hears this. Hawks will most likely rate this a 5. Fire will most likely pretend he doesn't like this. Every other person will most likely love/ hate this.

I love you guys,

The_wizard

Please feel free to criticize at will

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Hawks
August 19th 2009


35838 Comments


Well this sounds awesome, but I can't check it out because my computer sucks dick and won't let me download anything.

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009


44713 Comments


I like Dissection but I generally hate every other band sans Vinterland that plays fast and furious melo black. Not sure how I feel about militant pagan metal outside of East Europe but I might check this out. Ace review sire.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2009


8371 Comments


nice review, but I believe this really isn't for me.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you guys. Hawks, you will love this. But I'm telling you Balls, this has your name written all over it.

I saw these guys a few weeks back and they killed it live.

Hawks
August 19th 2009


35838 Comments


Well looks like I'm gonna have to find a way to get this.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's only $11.99 on Amazon.ca.

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009


44713 Comments


I youtubed Legions, and it's not really bad. it's cool. I wasnt aware of any militant paganism in Canada though. If you want more black metal Wizard, get into Blazebirth Hall. That's filled with a bunch of good bands like Forest and Raven Dark.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is Blazebirth Hall a website?

And "Legions" has a really cool melody at the beginning.

Hawks
August 19th 2009


35838 Comments


It's only $11.99 on Amazon.ca.

Thats really good actually. I'll have to look into that when I get some money.

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009


44713 Comments


No. But last fm it Wizard, you'll find a slew of quality bands. I mean yeah, their idealogies are a tad extreme but it's black metal and it rapes half the Norwegian scene.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was never a fan of last fm but I'm writing those bands down on my list. I like your taste in black metal. I have two more black metal reviews coming within the next week....ie. Valkyrja and Deathspell Omega.

LisbonGirls
August 19th 2009


832 Comments


hmmmm...I like a little black metal, but I tend to avoid most of it.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why? Black metal is better than metalcore : P.

LisbonGirls
August 19th 2009


832 Comments


Lalalalalalla, I can't hear you.

Wizard
August 19th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was young like you at one point. This site will straighten you out in time hahahaha.

jingledeath
August 19th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds awesome, I'll go look for it now

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2009


8371 Comments


btw Wiz, Lisbon is a rather old guy when compared to the average age of users here

LisbonGirls
August 19th 2009


832 Comments


I would appreciate death metal more if there was clean vocals in some of it.(Or is there, I'm not sure?) I need catchy choruses to be kept interested.

Yeah baby 19 :D

BallsToTheWall
August 19th 2009


44713 Comments


Death metal and clean choruses??? That is sacrilege right there but check out Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, and Scar Symmetry for that.


@ the Estonian here. Wizard is older than most of us here at a rather ripe semi late 20's my boy.



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