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Pantheon I: The Wanderer and His Shadow

Black (yawn) from Nor(yawn)way, right? Uh, kind of. While Pantheon I still hasn't written many blisteringly original tunes and has yet to fully master its own more technically astute form of Black Metal, it's getting there and, like attendance in your English Comp class, that counts for something. By about mid-album, the cool things come with less and less frequency, but the flaws that grow should do little from persuading you to give this quintet the time of night. Check out "Origin Of Sin," the titular tune, and "My Curse" to hear what this band's really capable of.

Track Listing
1. Origin Of Sin
2. The Wanderer and His Shadow
3. Cyanide Storm
4. Coming To An End
5. Shedim
6. Where Angels Burn
7. My Curse
8. Chaos Incarnate

Added: May 10th 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Candlelight Records
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Language: english

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Pantheon I: The Wanderer and His Shadow
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-10 15:08:47
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The Wanderer and His Shadow is the second release from Norway's Pantheon I, and first for Candlelight Records. Featuring former 1349 guitarist Andre "Tjalve" Kvebek, this band plays a somewhat symphonic and avant-garde form of black metal along the lines of Arcturus, Enslaved, and Borknagar, although there are moments of thunderous fury ala 1349, Immortal, and Dark Funderal, especially on raging pieces like "Shedim" and the intense title track. However, there are some nice progressive moments that flutter to the surface every so often-case in point the excellent "Coming to An End", which features some melodic clean vocals from Solefald's Lazare Nedland, and plenty of atmosphere. However, if you are coming here for black metal brutality, look no further than the evil and furious "Where Angles Burn", complete with rampaging blast beats from Eirik Renton, icy guitar riffs, inhuman shrieks, and even some wild violin! There's even the Pagan sounding "My Curse", a real neck-breaker with wild unison guitar/bass melodies that add a nice complexity to the track.

Overall this is pretty solid stuff. I think Pantheon I are just starting to realize their destiny in the black metal world, as there are elements at work here that will hopefully be fully realized in the near future.

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