Album: Wreaking Fear and Death
Released date: September 14th, 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Bestial Invasion Records
Originally released in 2013 under the US based record label Mandarangan Recordings and Malaysia‘s Afterlife Productions, Scotland‘s Bestial Invasion Records had spread their CD version of the debut studio full-length offering “Wreaking Fear and Death” on September 14th, 2015. This beast of a thrash metal opus is the fruit of almost ten years of demo and split releases in the hostile domain of the extreme metal underground by the Philippines‘ poseur-slaying thrash metal quartet, Paganfire. For longtime followers and fans of Paganfire, this release was very much awaited that the first 200 copies of the original Mandarangan Recordings cassette version and the 300 copies of Afterlife Productions cassette version of the album, took the international underground extreme metal community by storm.
“Wreaking Fear and Death” is a 37-minute long offering, though I must mention that this Bestial Invasion Records version of the album has an extra 25-minute long bonus material which presents a live audio performance of Paganfire, that is just about all-out thrash fucking mania! But this is not the fun and mosh-friendly thrash metal record that you can find swarming the metal scene these days, oh hell no! This is the fucking annihilating primitive thrash metal record that hovers adjacent to the sound that Possessed had established in their career. You heard it right my friends, this album right here is on par with the proto-death metal music that had struck the 80s before. From the opening riff of the furious ‘Bakal sa Bakal, Laman sa Laman‘ track, to the ending of the smash-mouth material ‘Durugin at Kayo’y Sumpain‘, this album is full-blown devastating thrash metal and it leaves little room for its listeners to catch up.
The record is filled with remorseless hymns showcasing Paganfire‘s significant songwriting, ability to manufacture some inexorable mid-paced to fast-paced riffs, relentless drum hammering, and a passionate vocal dispense in the vocal department that will get its listeners’ adrenaline pumping. A considerable quantity of catchy and powerful riffs is what filled this record’s 37-minute and 35-second running time. These razor-sharp riffs are all furiously executed and utterly fucking aggressive! It’s insanely ripping and it will make you want to go ape-shit and will certainly make you want to start to fucking bang your head in a manner where you won’t even care if you break it while doing so. Numerous astonishing and ear-splitting solos are also laid upon in the offering, scattered into the fiery moments of each material and inflicting its bone-chilling impact to those who dare lend an ear.
The guitar sound is also quite loud, as it makes its presence clear along with the echoing vocals and thunderous drum, with the bass line keeping its presence felt not far behind. The man bludgeoning behind the kit for Paganfire will literally bash the listeners’ heads over and over with his oppressively constant drum battering. Now, his drum hammering may just be in the line of the typical straightforward early primitive thrash drum attack, but there are times where the drummer suddenly delivers an impressive simultaneous discharge of guns. The vehement drumming is also complemented by bass lines that are surprisingly audible, as I mentioned earlier above.
We now head to the vocal department of the record where the delivery is in all respect fitting to the torturous and fiendish music of Paganfire. The vocal dispatch had consummately expressed sheer iniquity, savagery, and repulsiveness in an enthusiastic manner. If you share the same principle in extreme music with Paganfire then you will dig the production done in “Wreaking Fear and Death“, as it is in caliber with the primordial loud and raw as hell production of the 80s death/thrash metal innovators. I had always loved this method in the production area because it brings out that feeling of going on a ride around the torture pit of the ninth circle of hell.
I have nothing left more to say about this detrimental and cataclysmic debut studio album. If you are a fan of Paganfire, then this is a release that you need to own! Everything that an extreme music enthusiast had come to expect from a repugnant to the mind band like Paganfire is present in “Wreaking Fear and Death“. The offering is harsh, crude, and an intense thrash metal opus!