Panphage are a solo project from Sweden that plays a pagan form of black metal with folk music elements and this is a review of their 2016 album "Drengskapr" which will be released in November by Nordvis Produktion.
Water sounds start off the album before going into a more heavy and melodic direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs the music brings in more of a raw black metal feeling and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and spoken word parts can also be heard at times and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and the tracks also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some songs also bring in clean singing pagan vocals and as the album progresses elements of folk music and acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Panphage plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very raw while also having its raw moments and mixing in folk music elements, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover Anti Cosmic and Dark Germanic heathenism themes.
In my opinion Panphage are a very great sounding pagan/black metal project with elements of folk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Grettir Asmundarsonar" "Glamsyn" and "Blodshamnd". 8 out of 10.