Swedish Symphonic progressive act Hexed released their second album. Inspired by the hysteria of 17th-century witch hunts, the melodic modern metal story is Pagans rising.
Don’t be confused, there is no acoustic music of first-century authenticities on Pagans Rising. This is pure metal. Real metal. The lead vocals of Tina Gunnarsson are powerful beautiful and haunting, they are matched by the growls of Stellan Gunnarsson to create the dynamic. The music is melodic and instantly memorable, “Resurrection” is a highlight with the vocals reaching the heavens and the seamless time changes. The pure headbanging energy of ‘’Symphony of Tragedy” is undeniable, “Repentance” is anything but, its textured multi-layered approach reflecting the defiance of Tina’s vocals. “Prophecy “rages whilst ‘’Incantation’’ takes a more traditional metal approach. The guitar work is excellent and the drumming dynamic. Blessed with great songwriting skill the progressive is merged with the symphonic effortlessly, and the production allows you to simply enjoy it all turned up to 11.
‘’Pagans Rising”” is the result of a pure metal maelstrom of great vocals huge choruses and hooks, great execution, moments of excellent metal, and utter conviction to their craft. It is a vivid tale full of dark symphonic moods and aggression. Hexed are outstanding in their devotion to their music and Pagans Rising is a heavier offering to the metal gods. Recommended.
Release Year: 2022
Label: ViciSolum Productions
Reviewed by Sparky