Paradox
Heresy


4.5
superb

Review

by Digis USER (6 Reviews)
December 14th, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,083 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A huge improvement over their debut. With flashy, fast guitar work and superb vocals Paradox released their best record.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

During years 1988-90, it´s clear that thrash was suffering a change. Songs were getting longer and more complex. Riffs were getting more technical, and the take no prisoners style that dominated the songs was replaced by a more progressive approach. Lots of bands adopted this to their sound and released their magnum opus: Megadeth, Heathen , Annihilator, the list goes on. And on this list there´s Paradox. Their sophomore album `Heresy´ is a classic work of thrash that clashes forces with the albums from the already mentioned bands.

Before going into the songs, don´t look at the title and go thinking this is simply another album that bashes religion and the church. `Heresy´ is actually a conceptual album, telling the story about the roman catholic crusades in the 13th century. So yea, it´s not the typical anti-religion stuff, this is a story that really happened.

For those who listened to Paradox´s first record, it´s clear that the band has matured their sound, and a lot. The opener title track and one of the best songs on the record, `Heresy´ starts with a clean section before entering into an amazing and catchy riff. When vocalist Charly Stenhauer starts singing, we note the change he made on his vocal style from the debut. He now sounds more like Joey Beladonna, and his performance on the record is perfect. The song keeps up, switching between tempos and delivering an amazing solo before it ends. The track shows the maturity that Paradox achieved after the debut.

The songwriting has greatly improved since `Product of Imagination´, with every song sounding fresh and not tiring the listener. The production is also superb, with every instrument being heard clearly. The guitars are amazing, delivering technical and fast riffs without sounding forced, and the solos are mind-blowing. The drums are even better than the previous record, with fast and powerfull fills. The drum intro to `7000 Years On´ is amazing and displays Axel Blaha´s skill. Even the bass has its moments, as we see on the intro of `Search for Perfection´, and endures the fast and heavy sound of the album.

There´s nothing much left to say. The album is amazing, with the heavy, fast sound providing an enjoying and fun listen. No moment is boring or dull, and the band manages to catch the listener´s attention during the entire record. This is a definite album for any thrash fan and everyone should hear it at least once.



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Digis
December 13th 2013



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Between a 4,5 and a 5 buuuut idk. How the hell didn´t this have a review yet seriously.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2013



19453 Comments


Awesome album

Digging: The Who - Tommy

CaptainDooRight
December 13th 2013



28340 Comments


swee

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

demigod!
December 13th 2013



43888 Comments


awesome, this finally has a review


gotta jam more but it def brings the speed riffs

Digging: Black Flag - My War

manosg
December 14th 2013



5720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Props for reviewing this one, excellent album.

Nice review too, pos.

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 14th 2013



5643 Comments


omg omg omg pos'd album rocks m/m/m/m/
Thanks dude,sweet rev













It's the perfect way
But to the church it's just called heresy
Heresyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, heresyyyyyyyyyyy, heresyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Choose!

KILL
December 14th 2013



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Mister Twister
December 14th 2013



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album rules hard

like really hard

Digis
December 14th 2013



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you guys appreciated, this is amazing stuff
Keep thrashin hard m/

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2013



19453 Comments


m/

TheNotrap
December 14th 2013



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One of my favourite speed/thrash releases.
Props for reviewing this.

Geadom
December 14th 2013



2810 Comments


posting to to remind me (that im a lazy asshole, ofc)

KjSwantko
January 16th 2014



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HERESYYYYYYYYYYY!


manosg
January 17th 2014



5720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one deserves more recognition around here.

DrHouseSchuldiner
January 17th 2014



5643 Comments


indeed

Mister Twister
April 16th 2014



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MASSACRE

HERETICS

CATHARS

KILL
May 24th 2014



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

700 years on fuckin kills

Mister Twister
May 24th 2014



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

massacre of the cathars is definitely up there too

KjSwantko
May 24th 2014



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet ass album.



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