|This is the follow-up album to their 'O Solitude' debut (2003) with a new line-up for Pantheist, featuring Mark and Andy from Esoteric on vocals/bass and vocals/drums. Kostas (vocals/keyboards) and Nicolas (guitars) remain from the original Pantheist line-up (note that according to the band’s official site, the line-up was completed with Sterghios on drums and Pete Benjamin on guitar, but 'Amartia' was recorded by the aforementioned line-up).|
Since 2000, when Kostas Panagiotou started Pantheist as a solo project, their main goal has been to create deep, sorrowful, dark and melancholic music. The band went through various changes (Kostas moving from Belgium to the United Kingdom, different line-ups etc.) but they remained strong and alive creating surely their best album.
The strongest feature of Pantheist is that they have managed to re-enforce their funeral doom metal with lots of emotion, mournful, yet melodic musical themes and deep atmospheres, which has nothing to do with the credo "our goal is to be the slowest band on earth" that many similar funeral doom bands have. The band’s music and their art in general is what count here and not how slow or extreme they may sound. By realizing this, the listener can enjoy one of the deepest and darker funeral doom metal albums released lately.
Ten tracks combine together into a religious concept. Strong attention should be paid to Kostas Panagiotou's lyrics as they are pieces of poetic art, fitting perfectly into the total musical background of the band. Listening to the music, I would like to point that Mark and Andy from Esoteric have brought some pieces of Esoteric's heaviness and darkness to Pantheist, so expect the heavy parts to be even heavier.
If you ask me to pick some favorite tunes from this release I would surely choose 'Apologeia' and 'Lust' – which, in my opinion, are the best songs on this release. The production is good and the artwork is perfect for such a release.
To round up this review I must say that 'Amartia' is the ideal album for all funeral doomsters out there. Being strongly selective as far as the funeral doom releases that I finally choose to hear, I can strongly recommend this one. After all, 'Lust' will continue to haunt me.
5. First Prayer
Duration : Approx. 77 minutes
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