Parius – The Eldritch Realm

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: self released
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://parius.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pariusofficial

Band line-up:

Louis Thierry – Vocals
George Fenton – Guitar
Kenny Rentz – Bass
Dan Silver – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Into the Realm
2. Eldritch
3. Phylactry
4. The Binding
5. Between Hell and I
6. The Boundless
7. Crashing Black Moon

Review

Parius is a melodic, progressive tech death metal band from Pennsylvania, and the album ‘The Eldritch Realm’ is their second LP.

I’d never heard about them before but the album cover got my attention straight away. It is one of the best album covers I’ve ever seen. It looks like the worn cover of an old pulp horror novel. Simply amazing and reflects the music of Parius perfectly.

The intro song just makes this whole retro horror feeling even stronger, and then the chaos starts and continues until the end of the album. Chaos which has masterfully been put in order, and that’s what makes them (obviously) a technical band. Some might say here ‘oh, tech death is too dry and/or boring for me’: well Parius’ progressiveness defenitely makes them interesting and exciting. Others might get scared of the melodic title in their genre, but those people have nothing to worry about. The synth and the slower, sometimes even acoustic parts makes it easier to listen, but at the same time these make the effort even weirder.

‘The Eldritch Realm’ is strangely catchy material and I totally recommend it to everyone who likes death metal. I can even go further: I recommend it to everyone who likes interesting music, regardless of the genre.

The production on the album is simply perfect. Everything sounds amazing and everybody is great on their posts. The vocalist certainly has a Mike Patton-esque sense of jestering.

Parius is on the way to success and hopefully on the way to a town near me.

Review by Gabor Csete
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