|Given that one half of Panthe´st, Kostas, works for Doom-Metal.com and that I consider Kostas a good friend, this is a difficult demo for me to review objectively. I have already extensively commented on Panthe´st's rehearsal recording and if you compare the track listing of that one with this demo, you might spot "a few" similarities here or there. So I could get myself off easily telling you to read that review of me and then add that the production is a lot better and the songs now sound finished. But I won't...|
Running at half the length of 66 minutes, this demo offers us, probably, the best that Belgium has to offer in the field of Funeral Doom. Ultra slow distorted doom, with vocals straight from the pits of hell go hand in hand with sweet but nihilistic sounding piano riddles, or a blood-chilling organ. Monotone spoken-word, and distant wheeping vocals complete the picture. In short, a true feast for the fans of pure solid depression.
While I'd class this Funeral Doom, Panthe´st's style is not a copy of any of the Finnish masters. They do not sound as cold the way, for example, Skepticism or Dolorian do. Panthe´st's music is more mournful. They truly do the name funeral doom the most credit, as I can really imagine this music going well at an actual funeral, enhancing the feelings of loss and dread with the assembled mourners.
I am especially charmed by the piano piece 'Liefde voor niemand' (love for nobody). My guess is that this sad work can bring down the positive atmosphere at any party. The song contains just a piano, organ and spoken word (in Dutch), creating a truly haunting and blood chilling atmosphere.
Compared to their rehearsal recordings, the songs now sound finished, and the production is also a lot better. All in all this is great demo, that I think would appeal to any fan of Skepticism, Shape of Despair or other Funeral Doom acts. Also for any of you who visit the forum on Doom-Metal.com and are not aware of this, you can say hello to the entire band behind this dark act, from Kostas and Nicolas to their session basist Lawrence.
4. Envy Us
5. Liefde voor niemand
6. 1000 years
Duration : Approx. 33 minutes
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