Pantheon I
Worlds I Create


3.5
great

Review

by Pine Cone Massacre USER (202 Reviews)
August 9th, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These Norwegian cello toting fiends like their darkened extreme metal brutally pretentious, their women bounded by leashes, and hate the big guy upstairs.

To be honest I wasn’t particularly impressed by Pantheon I’s debut album The Wanderer And The Shadow. The idea of creating highly polished melodic black metal in the vein of Old Man’s Child and throwing a cello into the mix sounded like catastrophic accident waiting to happen. Yet I still found the concept interesting enough to give “The Wanderer And The Shadow ” a try. Unfortunately it proved to a dull listening experience marred by predictable songwriting, over slicked aggression, and a mismatched inclusion of a cello. A mother f-ing cello. Well, two years later, the Oslo based black metal band has returned with a new album entitled “Worlds I Create” and surprisingly it’s not bad. Pantheon I have significantly improved in several key departments where they previously failed at in 2007. Although not without it‘s flaws, Worlds I Create is an entertaining release that most extreme metal fans should be able to appreciate.

Pantheon I still play aggressive melodic black/death metal similar to Naglfar, Mirrorthrone, and Old Man’s Child but have steadily improved upon their songwriting abilities to include weaving textures and creative arrangements through an aggressive template. Starting with the cello. Julianne Kostol’s playing has improved tenfold. Instead of sounding out of place to fill some pretentious fantasy of the band’s chief songwriter, her playing actually develops a sound dynamic between melody and heaviness with I suppose a new found progressive edge. The harsh/mellow transitions are more fluid and less disjointed resulting in stronger individual songs. Also worth mentioning are the sparse acoustic interludes and sythesizer flourishes that helps freshen an otherwise tremolo picking and blast beat oriented template.

Vocally, Andre Kvebek (formerly of 1349) is a talented vocalist and is one of the album‘s strong points. Alternating between throaty growls and a beastly roar, he brings a whole new meaning to pretentious brutality. With song titles like “Serpent Christ” and “Burn The Cross” it’s safe to assume that Christianity still reigns as a primary objective to crush, with it Andre possessing the vigor and tenacity necessary to conjure a hailstorm of malevolence. On the track “Ascending” you are introduced to his clean singing voice for the first and only time which resembles Ihsahn for better or worse. This is quickly overlooked by the fact that Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renske guest stars and delivers an articulate performance on the same song.

Guitar wise, Pantheon I have exercised a moderate approach letting Andre and Sagstad provide pummeling aggression and bleak melodies without over exertion. Unfortunately, this restraint prevents the band from reaching it’s full potential. The Pidgeot whirlwind of a solo on “The Last Stand” is quite incredible as is the synth/ cello/ guitar layering’s. But unfortunately these kind of spontaneous moments remain far and in between with the exception to Julianne’s excellent string work. On a plus note the tempos are greatly balanced between low to high, adding some mobility to the album’s momentarily stagnant nature.

Drumming is often fierce, bludgeoning, and hammer smashed face. Daniel Theobald as you guessed it is a roadrunner on the kit. Feeding the listener with a steady barrage of mechanized double bass and blast beats, the ferocity never relents. This lack of diversity kind of hit’s the drum department with an unsatisfactory mark because well, a few killer drum fills or rolls would sound great. Mind as well gravity blast all day while staring at yourself in the mirror. I’m not a drummer so technically I don’t really have any other complaints than the constant hammer smashing face attitude which works for awhile but not for a whole album.

Overall “Worlds I Create” is not perfect nor is it one of my favorite metal records of 2009 but it’s damn close of breaking my top 15. Implementing a full time cello in black metal is a little bold but Pantheon I have proven that with this record that it’s not a gimmick and it will continue to strengthen their music. Besides, have you seen the promotional pics regarding this new album? All I’m going to say is hottttt. And here’s to hoping Julianne never leaves the Pantheon ranks for greener pastures. Fans of melodic black metal, a heavier Apocalyptica or pretentious brutality need to acquire this A.S.A.P. This aint no carnival ride….Or…maybe it is?



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Wizard
August 9th 2009


19399 Comments


Besides the predictable cello/ classical instrumentation, the heavy stuff will probably rule (as it sounds from the review). Might give this a go. Excellent review dude.

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TricksterGRex
August 9th 2009


2087 Comments


you still haven't reviewed Forest wtf bro, also accept my lastfm friend request

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2009


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have half of Forest done than I went on writers block(heat exhaustion). I will finish it soon and the "predictable cello instrumentation" is just about the best apart aside from Jonas Renske. Fuck I forgot to write about how epic the last song was.

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Nagrarok
August 9th 2009


8245 Comments


Excellent work Balls.

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2009


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Has anyone seen that add at the top with two people making out? Is that really two chicks or one chick and one fag?

Zip
August 10th 2009


5312 Comments


It's black metal's year man.

Infernis
August 11th 2009


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The incorporation of clean vocals was actually somewhat surprising...then again, with the melodic nature of the album I guess not so much...but they sound really good on this. I still really dig the opening riff to...Defile The Trinity a lot.

Willie
Moderator
August 11th 2009


15969 Comments


Nice review. Sounds perfect for me.

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BallsToTheWall
August 11th 2009


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yo Infernis, it was Jonas Renske. But that was a solid gusst spot to do clean vocals for.

Infernis
August 12th 2009


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No wonder it sounded familiar. Ascending is such a good song. Thanks for the info too!

BallsToTheWall
August 12th 2009


44333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have you seen the promotional pics? If not, go to theire home page.

Zoo
August 12th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had hoped these guys would improve after the promise they showed with The Wanderer And His Shadow. They definitely did.

jingledeath
September 9th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Renkse's guest appearance was awesome

fireaboveicebelow
September 9th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it sounded nothing like him too

Fxxkit13
October 4th 2009


1559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cd is all greatness

TheSpirit
August 7th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really love this album

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Hawks
August 7th 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another black metal album I missed from last year. Great album.

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Ticondaroga
December 6th 2010


231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

burn the cross and the last stand are probns my favs.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumped the rating up. This is so god damn good.

FatChickIrl
January 14th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Owns so much face.



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