PANDEMIA - SPREADING THE MESSAGE - LOST DISCIPLE
Based out of Czech Republic, Spreading.. is the debut full length of Pandemia (age:5) and one that is certainly committed to the genre. Menacing vocals, fast-style riffing, drum blasts and other characteristics come together to prove that the band is not of two minds about their chosen style - if a little unoriginal about it. The closest comparison would be Vader (although watch for some Pestilence on track 12) with whom the band is coincidentally touring. Euro-fans can also see the band on the road with Vital remains and Fleshcrawl but over in Canada it's you and this disc. - Ali "The Metallian"
PANDEMIA - RIVEN - METAL AGE
Yes, Riven features a couple of offbeat passages and tracks, like Legion Beneath or Dispirited, but the band’s death metal is advanced, textured and extraordinary song after song; riff after riff. In Riven, an album which lyrically engages in “attacking the principles of a material world”, the four-piece takes brutality to a higher echelon of talent writhing in sinful riffs, whirlwind drumming and sub-fi vocals; envelopes it in a massive wall of sound to near-perfect results. The album was recorded a year ago and guitarist Alex is already a past tense, but this nonetheless belongs in every serious death metal collection. The only weak interlude occurs in the first half of the song The Outbreak, but even that flies by and is offset before the end of the track.
Best described as a cross between Morbid Angel and the density and low tuning of Bolt Thrower the Czech band checkmates the competition with surprising ease. This almost came out of nowhere, but with music this dark, heavy and thoughtful there is only cause for glee. - Ali “The Metallian”