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Pandemonium : Demo 2010

Pandemonium do not play Doom Metal but their mixture is nonetheless 100% crushing and apocalyptic.

Pandemonium, formerly known as Domain, aren't exactly the most famous band in Extreme Metal coming from Poland. You probably have to be a local or possess some Master's Degree in Polish Metal to have come across these guys in the past, but that may well change in the near future.

After releasing a few records that didn’t get past a limited circle of aficionados, the band decided to go on a hiatus for some time back in 2007; most people were probably thinking that there’d be actually little chances of seeing them coming back at all. Needless to say, the Poles have decided to prove us wrong and today they’re back with some real catchy material.

Strictly speaking, Pandemonium do not play Doom Metal, but their mixture, which would be made of 70% Death Metal and 30% Black Metal, is nonetheless 100% crushing and apocalyptic. Granted, their previous material wasn’t so enthralling, but the two tracks featured on Promo 2010 and that will lead the way to a subsequent full-length release by Pagan Records, show promises destined for greatness. Two tracks aren’t much to give you a complete solid overview of what a band may be capable of, but these two certainly kick enough ass to be praised.

With ‘Black Forest’ displaying the band's musicianship and some catchy, yet heavy as fuck riffing, you get a great track that is not only pleasing to the ears but is also inhabited by occult substance. And why not, since the band define their own sound as Satanic Dark Metal? As much as I enjoyed this first track, this is nothing in comparison to the second, and unfortunately ending song of this Promo 2010 entitled ‘God Delusion’.

While the first track is heavy, there’s not that much Doom in it and it probably wouldn’t qualify to be mentioned here. On the other hand, when ‘God Delusion' starts ripping, you know you’re in for some apocalyptic deluge. The riffing is splendid and very much reminiscent of Eibon's work on Entering Darkness or Dead Congregation’s ‘Teeth into Red’ and the atmosphere really builds up till the very end of the song.

Now, that’s only two tracks and not much else may be said at this point. If the forthcoming record is on par with ‘Black Forest', you’ll be served with some interesting Blackened Death Metal album with nice atmospheres at the very least. If it equals or surpasses 'God Delusion’, be prepared to listen to one of the most promising acts coming from Poland in a long long time.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Black Forest
2. God Delusion

Duration : Approx. 9 minutes

Visit the Pandemonium bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-03-17 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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