PANTHEON – I - NORWAY

Atrocity Divine – 2006 – Worldchaos Production
The Wanderer and His Shadow – 2007 - Candlelight
Worlds I Create – 2009 - Candlelight


  
 
Members
S= ANDRÉ KVEBEK
G= Trollfest, Sarkom>>JOHN ESPEN SAGSTAD>>Trollfest, Sarkom, Tottal Tømming – 1349, Sarkom>>André Kvebek>>1349, Sarkom, Den Saakaldte, Svartelder, Horizon Ablaze, Midnattsvrede
B= 1349, Koldbrann, Nidingr>>TOR RISDAL STAVENES>>1349, Koldbrann, Nidingr, Den Saakaldte, Dead Trooper, Tyrann, Svart Lotus, Mortem
D= Sarkom, Trollfest>>Eirik Renton>>Sarkom, Trollfest, Urgehal – Heathen Deity, Twisted Autumn Darkness>>Daniel Theobald>>Twisted Autumn Darkness, Sarkom, Fortid, Curse, The 3rd Attempt, Den Saakaldte – The Allseeing, Isvind, Sulphur>>MADS GULDBEKKHEI>>Isvind
V= GUNHILD MATHEA OLAUSSEN
C= LIVE JULIANNE KOSTØL



History
The Norway-based ‘black metal’ band did the rounds between 2002 and 2012. It was founded as the side-project of 1349’s André Kvebek, but he was not the sole 1349 member nor the only man being in a dozen projects simultaneously. Regardless, he would leave 1349 in 2006 in order to focus on this act and Sarkom. The group issued Demo MMIII in 2003. Worldchaos production of Japan signed the band in 2006 and issued Atrocity Divine. It featured a violin and a cello. The group toured with Mayhem. The Excess Of Evil European tour featuring the band, Keep Of Kalessin, Marduk, Enslaved and Goatwhore was cancelled. The band switched to Candlelight – 1349’s label - for the follow-up. The album was inspired by the works of right-wing philosopher Nietzsche. The group shot a video for the song Where Angels Burn. Summer Breeze Open Air announced the band was booked for the festival in 2010. André Kvebek gave up the guitar slot to Absu’s Aethyris McKay in 2010. The band had initially intended to have singer Andre Kvebek focus on the guitar. The group issued two new tracks in 2012. The band instead gave up in 2012. Non Serviam issued a compilation of the band’s work, called From The Abyss They Rise, in 2014.


Reviews

PANTHEON - I - THE WANDERER AND HIS SHDAOW - CANDLELIGHT  
With two former 1349 members within its ranks and a cover painting derivative of the old Slayer artworks there would be justifiable high hopes for these relative newcomers from Norway. Much of the expectation for cold and cruel black metal with nefarious vocals is justified. Yet, there is a clear schizophrenic streak at work on The Wanderer And His Shadow. The album’s opener Origin Of Sin is a perfect early example with its halfway blasting/ethereal fast-slow-fast jerkiness. It is not immediately obvious whether with an album title such as this the release is a concept with a unifying story-line, but the interchange of swift black metal like 1349 with Borknagar-like quizziness and the odd clean vocals and offending pop instrumentation injection is a feature of these particular Norwegians. The title track bears the burden of a slow progression; Coming To An End is almost progressive, while Where Angels Burn (with a great Tom Warrior-esque grunt to boot) is clearly assaultive despite what should be a cello amidst the onslaught. Most of the material is a conscious effort in-between however. - Ali “The Metallian”


Interviews

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