Pan.Thy.Monium
Dawn of Dreams


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadowmire USER (2 Reviews)
December 7th, 2016 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: dark and brilliant beginnings

Following their murky and sometimes otherworldly EP Dream II, their debut album expands on all their established traits of dark whimsy and shapes Pan.Thy.Monium as perhaps the most alien of Dan Swanö's many projects.

Beginning with the sound of saxophone over clocks ticking, the monolithic twenty-two minute opener descends into churning, otherworldly darkness, a subtle sense of paranoia and anxiety pervading its composition. Vocalist Robert Karlsson's deep, rumbling growls act as a sort of percussion; representing the album's own dark atmosphere as a sort of faceless alien menace, lyrics imperceptible or non-existent.

The rest of the record unfolds as a series of six much smaller pieces, carrying on in much the same vein as the opener, doom-laden death metal often accentuated with a distinct sense of groove and progressive leanings, complete with production about as stellar as it could be at the same; dynamic and meaty, Swanö's bass lines clear in the mix and occasionally stealing the show.

This is the true start to one of the most woefully (and willfully) underappreciated acts in the genre, not to be underestimated.


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Shadowmire
December 6th 2016


5118 Comments


short and lacking. not good at this, but always worth a shot

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2016


9841 Comments


Yeah the review is incredibly short to a fault. Doesn't do the album much justice, especially given your rating of it.

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brainmelter
December 6th 2016


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice this rules

I like what you did here but kind of feels like a sound off, this album deserves a little more depth and analysis

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Shadowmire
December 6th 2016


5118 Comments


yeah i may expand on it in time, but i'm not a seasoned reviewer by any means and i felt this band and its records should at least have something.

50iL
December 6th 2016


5220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[2] (brainmelter's comment)

This band fucking kicks ass tho

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brainmelter
December 6th 2016


6582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I feel you on that, a shame none of their work has had a review on here(till now)

CaptainDooRight
December 7th 2016


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet! Pos!

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FullOfSounds
December 7th 2016


15772 Comments


Could use more added, as others have said. However you summed up how this sounds pretty well.

JokineAugustus
February 9th 2017


8844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That riff in Untitled six with the sax omg

oltnabrick
September 1st 2018


37271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dont remember liking these guys that much after this album but this rules

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Demon of the Fall
May 27th 2019


11914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really cool band. The construction of this album and the way it flows is bizarre, but interesting.

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 27th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pan. Thy. Menium \m/

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 27th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That opening track is seriously one of the best dm tracks in history. \m/

Demon of the Fall
May 27th 2019


11914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah my rating is mainly based on that track, blows most of its load early. Prefer the 3rd album overall, more consistent.

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 27th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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