Paranormal Arson unleashes a sonic inferno with their DIY death metal masterpiece album, Paranormal Arson (Director’s Cut). The album relentlessly explores horror as the brainchild of Jamie MacDonald, who took on guitar, bass, vocals, programming, and engineering.
Influenced by titans like Bolt Thrower, Obituary, and Autopsy, the nine-track odyssey kicks off with “Graverobbing in Texas.” Gritty guitars collide with growling angsty vocals and thumping drums, creating a chilling and blood-curdling atmosphere. Understandably so, as the track is inspired by the 1974 horror movie “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”
The fourth track, “Saitama Bloodbath,” follows suit, with pounding drums and gnarling guitars setting the rhythm for an instrumental grind that evolves into an intimidating heaviness.
The journey concludes with the “Paranormal Arson – Glass of OLD MILK Remix.” Texture in the music buzzes like noise is coming from a haunted recording and rumbling deep vocals glitch with a drone and pulsating instrumentals. An immersive wave flows over, creating a cool and predictable smoothness. The pulsating music comes to an abrupt halt with an explosion and a voice emerges saying, “My house burned down/I think it was a ghost.” He keeps repeating it was a ghost as though he is trying to convince the police in a testimonial.
This song is inspired from the real story of the mysterious Caledonia Mills Fire Spook of 1922, in Antigonish County. The property was haunted by strange occurrences and unexplained phenomena, especially spontaneous arson.
Recorded in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, with vocals engineered in New Glasgow, the narrative goes beyond the boundaries of traditional death metal. Paranormal Arson (Director’s Cut) signifies Jamie’s storytelling talent through the visceral language of music.
Review By: Naomi Joan