Pandrador – Śmierć Baldura (Review)

PandradorThis is the debut demo from Pandrador, a death metal band from Poland.

Śmierć Baldura contains three songs, along with an intro track, and lasts 13 minutes in duration.

This is an interesting demo. Here we have death metal with a Viking theme that’s been enhanced with some modern metal and black metal elements. Thick early Decapitated, with some added aspects of bands such as Gojira, Behemoth, and Nile here and there.

The songs are well-written and I like the addition of synths and black metal influences to the firm base of aggressive death metal that the band have. These aspects add greater depth and atmosphere to the music; were these songs striped of these components we would still have some very competent brutal death metal, but with them in place it simply raises the quality levels of the songs a notch or two, as well as helping to engage the listener further.

The singer’s growls are well-performed and do their job nicely. No issues here. For a demo the production is thick, solid, and muscular. The riffs hit with the force of a sledgehammer, and the band obviously aren’t interested in taking any prisoners.

Enjoyably brutal, but with an added depth and occasional atmosphere that’s usually absent from this kind of thing, Pandrador have impressed with this demo. I can’t wait to hear what they do next.

A recommended listen for any death metal fan.

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