World Terror Committee
While Germany’s Paria has been around since 1995, it wasn’t until in 2008 when the band first started releasing full length albums, with this years Surrealist Satanist being the band’s third full length release. However, it isn’t until Surrealist Satanist that I chanced upon this band, half expecting Paria to be a stoner/doom act with the band’s heavy satanic themes and the font type that the band picked for the album artwork.
So it was rather surprising when Paria presented instead classic black metal in the Norwegian veins on Surrealist Satanist. Album opener Psychonautikkch Paradigma helps to stir up some sense of unease in the listener, with Panzerdaemon playing some haunting melodies on his bass, but things escalate rather quickly as soon as the intro ends and the listener is greeted by the title track. The cold atmosphere that is conjured quickly brings one back to the early days of the second wave of black metal, and along with the riffs that are unleashed by Akeon, the resemblance to records such as De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas are pretty striking and throughout the record one is reminded of Norwegian bands such as Gorgoroth and Tsjuder as well. Panzerdaemon’s vocals are tortured as hell, be it the shrieks, growls or screeches that are unleashed, and there are even moments where he utilises chant-like clean vocals like towards the end of Surrealist Satanist to fit the entire mood and atmosphere of the music.
Much of the speed and intensity on Surrealist Satanist can also be attributed to drummer Gonzo, who for the most part punishes his kit relentlessly. The crushing moments on the opening of The Green Angels of Obscurity quickly remind one of the more intense and chaotic style of Polish bands such a Thunderbolt, and this is definitely a nice welcome for those seeking a nice record to headbang to. To add to the overall chaotic feel of the music, there are also a couple of rather subtle lead guitars that Akeon has littered throughout the album, and these certainly help to complement the imagery that Paria has conjured with the aural aspects of their craft.
On records such as Surrealist Satanist, the atmospheric aspects are also rather important, with the coldness and harshness in the music and the feelings that are invoked being some of the more memorable aspects of the album. For instance, Wormlike Proselytism sounds like it would have fit into the albums of Finnish bands like Horna or Satanic Warmaster.
I think while the entire sound and feel of Paria‘s latest offering might not be anything particularly original, the material that is on Surrealist Satanist would definitely bring about some sense of nostalgia to fans of early second-wave black metal.