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Review: Pantheon I - Worlds I Create
Pantheon I
Worlds I Create

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 47:34
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (12 Votes)

Whoa… The first few seconds make you think that this is a messy speedfest (as in: "I think I'm going to turn this off"), but soon enough things settle down and some order is brought to the chaos, and you get to hear something that actually sounds like music. Worlds I Create is a trip through a variety of extreme metal elements – you get your blasting hyperspeed Black Metal, then a more mid-paced, melodic yet aggressive and heavy parts, and then some more "symphonic" parts. One notable component of the band if the cello which is quite subtle when present, though it does sound a little weird when you've got the blastbeats running at full speed and the guitars fighting for attention at equally insane speeds. The vocals are mostly BM screeches that do not get too high, basically blending in with everything else.

Worlds I Create is OK though the drums take up way too much room here – they almost drown every other instruments, which end up trying to keep their head above the water. As a result, a huge chunk of the album just sounds like a messy barrage of saturated sound that doesn't really go anywhere. Things are better when they ease it up and slow things down, where one is able to appreciate some good guitar work, a bit of melody (mix of melancholy and rage), and some good atmosphere. But sooner or later the sonic barrier is back and just ruins it all again. I can't comment on their previous output, but this here is just alright – not particularly original, not bad, not great. Fans might want to check this out…

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