Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pantheist - O Solitude

Genre: Funeral Doom
Country: Belgium
Year: 2003
Label: Firebox Records

Pantheist are one of the defining bands of the funeral doom genre, largely thanks to this, their monumental debut full-length. O Solitude is a beautiful, intricate journey through an ever-changing soundscape, always sorrowful but never stagnant. This is probably one of the more diverse albums in the genre, as Pantheist use a variety of different instruments and keyboard textures to enhance their sound, and are even brave enough to pick up the pace every once in a while for heavy (if short-lived) head-banging sections. The vocals are also worthy of note, showcasing clean male vocals for a good portion of the album. The rumbling funeral growls are still present, of course, but the cleans definitely take centre stage, mournfully crooning above the music to create a lush, sombre atmosphere. This is one of those special funeral doom albums that really never gets boring or repetitive, always evolving, sometimes surprising, at other times with subtle finesse. Rest assured, doom fans: this album will captivate you from start to finish. Magnificent.

For fans of Skumring, Mourning Beloveth, Shape of Despair, and Colosseum.

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