[schema type=”review” name=”Saxorior – Saksen” description=”Label: Einheit Produktionen” author=”Basak Günel” pubdate=”2015-09-28″ ]
Saxorior is a pagan metal band from Germany. Founded in 1994, the band has a long history with 10 studio albums and many live shows. After signing a deal with Einheit Produktionen and having celebrated their 20th year anniversary last year, the band has had a strong comeback with their latest record “Saksen”.
The album is about the migration of the ancient pagan Saxons from the outset of the first documented mention until the christianization so the lyrics deal a lot with the glory but also with the suffering and this is clear from the very beginning with the first song which is also the intro. I always like such beginning in concept/thematical albums so this made me even more interested about the record.
As we go deeper through the history of those Saxons, we face with the harshness right from the start as the aggression is there with the riffs and the vocals. There’s also an atmospheric side to the record as well though and this makes the album a bit more ‘melodic’ and adds that ‘black metal atmosphere’ to the overall sound. I am sure the pagan metal lovers will love this aspect. I would recommend you to listen “Saxon” and “Irminsul” to get the overall vibe of the record. Apart from this, there is a mixture of death/black/pagan metal in the record which makes it quite diverse.
As much as I love this type of pagan metal, I have to say that getting used to this record took me a bit of time (7-8 spins even.. :D) so you might find the record quite dull when you listen to it for the first time but give it a few more spins and the overall sound will seem interesting. This record might not mesmerize you a lot and to be honest, I expected a lot from the band in the beginning but it would be unfair to say that this record is not interesting; it’s definitely a good one for those pagan/folk/black metal fans!
03. Litus Saxonicum
05. Blutbad von Verden