At a time when most English heavy metal bands were reinventing the genre for future generations by adopting the D.I.Y. lessons of punk rock and the hyperactive energy of Motörhead (then approaching the height of their powers) to launch the legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal, London's Pagan Altar represented a truly unfashionable stylistic anomaly in the early '80s. Along with a scant selection of contemporaries -- most notably Stourbridge's far better-known Witchfinder General -- Pagan Altar remained fairly loyal to the sluggish tempos and gothic occultism that dominated heavy metal's original template as defined by their definitive forefathers, Black Sabbath. As a result, Pagan Altar never earned a record deal throughout the course of their eight-year career, and, in retirement, endured the dubious honor of becoming one of the ...
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