PAKENI — Virgin's Delirium (review)

PAKENI — Virgin's Delirium album cover Demo · 1993 · Death 'n' Roll Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
"Virgin's Delirium" is the 2nd demo by Finnish goregrind/death´n´roll act Pakeni. The demo was independently released in 1993. It´s the successor to "The Silent Majority" demo released earlier the same year. Pakeni formed in 1992 and released two demos, an EP, and an album before disbanding.

Stylistically this is one of the more unusual extreme metal demos I´ve come across, as Pakeni combine Carcass goregrind influences with stoner metal/death´n´roll elements (strongly influenced by their fellow countrymen in Xysma), and as if it´s a perfectly natural thing to do, they also on occasion add melodic and epic keyboard sections. I don´t think I´ve ever heard anything quite like this before. Needless to say this is a pretty unique sounding recording, and featuring a well sounding and detailed demo quality sound production, you get to hear all the details of this bizarre glory of a demo.

What this demo does so well, is that it not only combines musical elements which shouldn´t go well together and make them gel, but also manages to disply the strong musical performances as a result of the well sounding production job. The deep growling vocals has the right morbid and juicy tone to them, the drumming is busy and groovy, and the many heavy and groove laden stoner metal riffs combined with the goregrind lyrics and fast-paced death metal/grindcore parts, create an odd overall sound, but it works. A high quality release this one fully deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.
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UMUR wrote:
4 months ago
Me neither. I only heard of them because I´m reading a book about Finnish death metal titled: "Rotting Ways to Misery - The history of Finnish Death metal". A real interesting read.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
4 months ago
Cool! Thanks for the head's up. Never even heard of this band.
UMUR wrote:
4 months ago
Mike! If you don´t know these guys, I think you should take a listen. I´m sure you´ll appreciate the wacky mix of styles.


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