Review by Sloof

Belgian metal since 1988, and their earlier days (from 1983-1988) as Pariah! Only guitar player Fred Mylemans is the remaining original member, but on this new album, he made a temporary pact with his son who took care of the drums during the recordings. At this moment, they have a permanent drummer in the lineup (Luc Seeuws), who succeeded in jumping in before the end of the recording process, so you can hear this dude on one track ‘The Red Cord’. Luc already joined the band from 1992 ‘till 1995, so he’s familiar with older material of the band. Patriarch encountered a lot of lineup changes through the years, so we can consider this as setbacks in their career. Luckily, perseverance conquered, so it’s really great to hear the band alive and kicking on their new album “Rage Of Gods”, which is released since the beginning of March 2016.


This Thrash metal outfit is still unsigned, but in the beginning they released their debut album on Shark Records. I still have a nostalgic feeling when I think about ‘Prophecy’, which was released in December 1990. Times are changing, people grow older and with the addition of new members (read: fresh blood), it’s obvious that the band evolved through the years. Their current vocalist Kevin Vangelooven (ex-Native Instinct), and his vocal cords fit perfectly to the musical style and direction of Patriarch. The only comment (be it rather small) is the somehow dated sound that the album has. Compared with nowadays releases, I’m sure that a first class producer could have done more with the material, but I guess this was only a matter of money.


The musical influences are very varied! I can name Pantera, but at the same moment Testament. And what about Iced Earth in the more sensitive parts? Patriarch stands for quality metal where breaks and hooks are well placed. If I have to point out my personal favorites, I would say ‘The Sealed Tongues Of Wisdom’ and the title track, but also ‘The Red Cord’ is an appetizer!


‘Rage Of Gods’ is an independent release, and that’s a good move, as they have the opportunity to hold all strings in own hands. No labels that run with the money, no obligations concerning merchandise, only freedom and independency, so every Metalhead that likes Thrash metal and want to support their local scene should buy this album. Patriarch deserves respect, and demonstrates that a determined vision is the only thing that counts! They are metalheads from our region, and I’m damn proud about what they achieved!


My rating: 83 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish