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Pantheon-I

The Wanderer and His Shadow

Review by Jeremy Seffens

This band shows what “black metal” truly is. They hit hard, yet never fail to keep an eerie feel to at least the undertone of their music. The album starts off fast, then slows down for more instrumental work. Then, it picks back up to finalize the damage.

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Track by Track Review
Origin of Sin
Starting off the CD with an instant dash of their eerie, melancholic style, this in-your-face track falls into a beat that borders progressive before jumping back into its haunting tone. By the end, the disturbing laughing and mastery of minor chords nearly leaves chills running down your spine.
The Wanderer and His Shadow
Coming in with a hard yet catchy melody, this track holds a steady pace that drives it through to a great hit.
Cyanide Storm
Hitting in waves, this cut involves a string of strung-out jams before entering a sound nearly typical in horror metal. The second half of the piece entails what seems to be a fit of sound put together in a masterful way.
Coming to an End
Starting off much slower than the rest of the disc, this piece sounds more mainstream, building a sense of longing to the tone of the overall work.
Shedim
This one begins sounding much like “Coming to an End,” but turns into another of its own caliber, yet is still slower than the majority of the LP.
Where Angels Burn
Easing back into the haunting feel of Pantheon I, this creation may not be as catchy as the slower ones, but still shows that they mean business.
My Curse
Utilizing a series of various guitar riffs and drum fills, this one keeps with their own sound without breaking too far from the mainstream. Near the end, a violin comes in to help bring out the melancholic feel of their music.
Chaos Incarnate
This track pulls back into the feel the album starts off with: hard-hitting and eerie. It ends with over half a minute of the sound of burning.
 
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