1. The Black Forest
2. God Delusion
3. Necro Judas
4. Stones Are Eternal
5. Avant-Garde Underground
6. Everlasting Opposition
7. Only the Dead Will See the End of War
Paul: Vocals & Guitars
Khorzon: Keyboards & Samples
|PANDEMONIUM - "Misanthropy"|
Pagan Records 2012
Music: Black Metal
Duration: 41 minutes (8 tracks)
I have here before me the latest album of our native legend - PANDEMONIUM! I must admit that I’ve awaited this album impatiently. As one of a few I am honoured by the opportunity of getting to know the material before the premiere. I expected something huge… and I wasn’t disappointed!
The cover of the album (still in PANDEMONIUM style) began to fuel my curiosity… So, before me lie 8 compositions. The first one, „The Black Forest”, begins almost ethnically, presenting a few-seconds long vocalise in the intro (a kind of throaty singing used ritually by e.g. Siberian shamen) to turn into a sound semi-typical for PANDEMONIUM but with a large dose of new solutions. Very grim Dark Black Metal with an element of classical Black Metal similar to old BURZUM and HELLHAMMER... in moderate tempo… with dark recitations and cries summoning horrifying mood full of hysterical despair and even Black Metal melancholy (emphasized by unique solos)…
The piece „God Delusion” shows ambient, dark keyboards, which in the intro are entangled with ominous howling of the wind and dog barking (something rarely heard)… just to reveal its arranging might in the next moment… the heavy sounds of the guitars, polyphonic and monstrous vocals and psychedelic solos create Evil itself… A climate close to CHRIST AGONY... However, it’s still PANDEMONIUM, seemingly the same but more powerful, even more grim and terrifying, which is proven by the next piece „Necro Judas” – again an ambient intro, evoking pictures of hellish tortures in your mind… The piece at times really slow but in Doom Metal tempo, continuously in Black Metal climate…
Each composition surprises with introduction and ornaments embedded into mighty riffs, war drums and demonic vocals. At least short fragments of „Stones Are Eternal” or „Misanthropy” showed female voice creating Middle Eastern climate. Additional “Eastern” accents are heard also in the melodies (perhaps performed on some traditional instruments). So, as the boys from the band foretold, the material is really ethnic…
The final composition presents a recitation in PANDEMONIUM mother tongue, which is a total novelty for the band and which shows the pagan tone and multi-ethnicity of the album. The compositions are mainly in moderate tempo although sometimes faster parts appear. In spite all of this there are still the ideas in PANDEMONIUM style – very dynamic, with unique rhythm of the riffs and drums.
The whole album makes one feel surrounded with the sound, including complicated structures of riffs. The music is filled with hellish climate, it fuels the imagination and evokes emotions… wrath, anger, even fury and sadness or despair.
Each composition from „Misanthropy” is a dark hymn and arranging genius in itself… it’s verbalized Evil, fear and primal destructive Power…
The album is brilliant. Without any shadow of doubt it’s the best album of PANDEMONIUM and the best Black Metal album I listened to in 2011 (although they are to release it on 10 March 2012 – it’s really worth waiting for!!!).