When starting on the newest album Haereticalia – The Night Battles of the Czech outfit Panychida, this just sounds like any other Symphonic Metal band trying out their often frugal orchestral muscle on the unsuspecting fan crowd. Often forgetting about the #metal that (should) make them tick.
The intro waltzes away like something straight from Central Europe, somewhat of a baroque-esque classical style with a slightly Austrian touch. Which makes sense to an extent: Panychida are joining us from Plzeň in the Czech Republic. An area more known for its beer, classical music (not #metal, sadly) and loads of history. So, you kind of wonder where this is all going. Until the evil twins from Shining step in with a monologue, setting the direction straight. [...]