Panzerfaust
The Suns of Perdition - Chapter II


4.0
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Review

by TanMan USER (15 Reviews)
November 18th, 2021 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And with hubris comes the fall, Drifting across the rippling wall, On the dark and bloody ground

The Suns of Perdition – Chapter II: Render Unto Eden is the fifth full length and 2nd Chapter in the Suns of Perdition series from Toronto band Panzerfaust. As the band’s name and album artwork suggest, the themes, lyrics and atmosphere lean heavily towards a war-driven concept. The music encompasses the crushing brutality and unnerving sadness of war and the sometimes-evil nature of humanity while also exploring some of the metaphysical aspects of war, conflict and death.

One of the defining characteristics of this talented group is the utilization of dueling vocals. The back-and-forth low growls answered by higher shrieks makes for an engaging listen of call and response. There is a heavy atmosphere of a bleak battleground, shrouded in a blood-red sunset as hewn bodies cover the muddy and scared earth. The opening track Promethean Fire paints this picture vividly, as battle worn soldiers yell out to the setting sun and an ominous response from a sinister force is heard through shrieks in the distant mist. Around the 7-minute mark, sorrowful female vocals enter the mix. Sung in a beautifully eerie Russian dialect, the swirling vocal melody creates images of families grieving their fallen loved ones.

After a very grounded experience from the Promethean Fire, the following track Faustian Pact takes a more abstract turn. The sickening battlefield begins to open up, swirling murk pulling the lifeless bodies down into to the void to meet the “angle at the bottomless pit”. As the lyrics also describe:

“The vultures damn the hive to the wreaking hole
Descension bound
Where lust defines the order
Till the mass grave that sends the defeated man to the madhouse”

It’s a truly disturbing song, but incredibly powerful and flawlessly performed. The spastic guitar lines reminiscent of Deathspell Omega sit in front of a macabre wall of sound from the bass, drums and growls.

The musical performances are top notch throughout the entire run time. Excellent progression throughout the songs always keeps things interesting. Whether it’s the blistering drum blasts, dissonant guitar riffs or post-metal/atmospheric sections, the songs develop and flow wonderfully. The five-track, forty-five-minute run time works, with all songs sitting around the 8-10 minute mark. This gives an opportunity for the songwriting to evolve and progress to tell a unique story in each song. Lyrics are fantastic and certainly dense enough to require several readings to really grasp the totality of the inherent evil of war and destruction.

Suns of Perdition - Chapter II was certainly one of the best black-metal releases of 2020 and a defining release in the bands catalogue. It takes influences from the genre that you would come to expect while adding a unique take with their concepts and post-metal influences. They are a promising group with a solid past that should march confidently into the future. Definitely a band to look out for in the coming years.

“The Faustian pact is all that the ground may give back. And bound by it's own gaze, was lost and all that the sun made was cast on their iron graves”



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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2021


17670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so glad this got a review. Album is a banger

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twlight
November 18th 2021


6400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heck yeah man, it's so damn good!

Ray91
November 18th 2021


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bought this on vinyl just out boredom because my metal head did not want to keep it. Best purchase I made in recent memory. The snare of the Fowler is bad ass, album rules

twlight
November 18th 2021


6400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great grab! would love to have this on wax

Ray91
November 18th 2021


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep. My neighbor fortunately has a huge collection and we're sometimes chilling and just listening to music. Also he sells a lot on discogs but most of the time he'll reach out to me whenever he wants to sell Something. Lucky me I guess haha

twlight
November 18th 2021


6400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did you get the clear variant? looks like it's on their bandcamp for pretty cheap, might snag

Ray91
November 18th 2021


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Unfortunately not. But got the first ltd. black Press and it sounds great

Muzz79
November 19th 2021


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Sick album yeah. I was late to it but return often

twlight
November 20th 2021


6400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

worth a return, reason i felt a need to review it.

twlight
November 26th 2021


6400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump

FR33L0RD
January 8th 2022


6109 Comments


Nice review, posd
Gonna check that band, I think, i will like it.

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2022


17670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Euro 2022 tour

8.04.2022 GR The Temple / Athens

10.04.2022 NL Innocent / Hengelo

12.04.2022 BE Antwerp Music City / Antwerp

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FR33L0RD
March 9th 2022


6109 Comments


Great way to bump a band/LP thread TheNotrap. \m/



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