A very good album that sounds to me like Bay Area thrash with (understandable) black metal vocals. You'll get no quarrel from me if you want to put this on your list of best albums of 2021, but like many metal albums of the last 10 years or so, the song lengths (and total album length) are little bloated.
Formed in 2007, Paranorm is a progressive thrash/black/death metal band based in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2011, Paranorm went into the studio with producer Nino Vukovic and released their first EP, titled 'Pandemonium's Rise'. After promoting the record on various stages in Sweden, the band started work on a follow-up recording. The next release, a four-track EP titled 'The Edge of Existence', produced once again by Vukovic, was released in 2014.
With a line-up change in 2018, Paranorm recruited powerhouse drummer Samuel Karlstrand of Wretched Fate. Meanwhile, work was ongoing for their most ambitious project to date: a full-length album titled 'Empyrean'. This time around, Paranorm sought out the talents of producer Lars Hultman, and the album was recorded between 2019-2020. Redefining Darkness is proud to unleash the band's most accomplished work to date this Feb, 2021!
released February 26, 2021
Markus Hiltunen - Guitars | Vocals
Fredrik Kjellgren - Guitars
Marcus Blom - Bass
Samuel Karlstrand - Drums
Dunno how I forgot about this..Such a fun classical inspired riff fest with whammy presence galore..It's something you gotta be in the mood for I guess, but it's definitely a party record. Garcon DiBraminlow
I have owned this album for a few days now, and listened to it on repeat. I have no idea what it's about nor what these guys are saying, but my God do I feel hopeful and awesome. Outstanding work, I can't wait for the next one. Marc Alexander Goodwin