Paradox are celebrating their 20th anniversary. This high energy ‘Thrash’ band are of German origin, and represent the epitome of the German ‘thrash’ scene. Where they get their energy from amazes me.

At the tiller of this Thrashing Machine is Charly Steinauer, beating the crap out of his electric guitar and screaming at the audience. Actually that is a little unfair, Paradox do have a lighter side that we meet on rare occasions. They have this unique ability to lull you into a false sense of security. Just when you think it is safe, they revert to the aural assault.

This is high energy music, in my opinion it likely contravenes the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT), The war in Iraq could be solved by dropping a few thousand copies of this album on the poor unsuspecting Taliban! Osama, you have been warned!

Paradox, are indeed a paradox, they move from gentle to violent in the blink of an eyelid. They are obviously gifted musicians, but for the most part they seem lost in a wall of white noise. If thrash is your bag, this one should be in your collection.

You can get your own copy of Product Of Imagination from MVD.

Simon Barrett

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