|©2011 Inferna Profundus Records
1. Aš Tave Subadysiu (I Will Stab You)
2. The Addiction Song
3. Sado Mazo Vokietija (Sado Mazo Germany)
4. Viešnamio Harmonija (The Whorehouse Harmony)
5. Viskis (Whiskey)
6. Horizontalios Maldos Palaima (The Felicity of Horizontal Praying)
7. Sado Mazo Vokietija (McKaras Remix)
Pergalé is a Lithuanian black metal influenced band who has decided the best way to present themselves to the world is by hurling a curve ball at our expectations on their debut, Horizontalios Maldos Palaima. Although they generally could be considered part of the "black n roll" movement, they have far less Vried and much more Lifelover in them. Their approach is actually quite straight forward, with a few unexpected moments sprinkled in throughout. At times they remind me just slightly of Bethlehem, but only marginally. For the most part, Pergalé seems as though they may set a name specifically for themselves, particularly now that Lifelover has apparently gone defunct following the death of one of their members.
The band has a relatively simple approach to their songs: straight ahead rhythms with a no nonsense approach to the riffs mixed in with piano and keyboards providing much of the lead with simple melodies. Their song arrangements then sneak in some nifty twists, off kilter rhythms and a variety of vocal approachs from a grating assault on the vocalist's throat to Serious Cat is Serious spoken parts. There's a sense of over dramaticism to certain tracks (ie: "Viskis (Whiskey)" veers towards Moonspell more than any band ever should), but it's forgiveable when tracks like "Sado Mazo Vokietija (Sado Mazo Germany)" are so much fun. No doubt the frowny faced black metal purists will avoid this because of the fun factor, but they're just party poopers anyhow.
All in all, Horizontalios Maldos Palaima is a rather enjoyable debut. Pergalé is obviously influenced by far more than just Burzum and Darkthrone but thankfully don't get all Estrasphered on us with "oh my gosh, look at what we can do!" with unorthodox stylistic fusion. Catchy, adventurous and mostly without pretention. What more could you ask for from a new band?
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 12/2011