It has been a badly kept secret over recent months that Pantheist are working on a new album, which they are aiming to release it in the autumn of this year. The band is currently putting a finishing hand of doom on the recordings of the last track and things are progressing well. Kostas has gathered an amazing line-up to help him produce an album which will exceed the expectations of those familiar with the band’s sound and trajectory.
First in line is the guitarist Nereide, known from his work with the atmospheric doom-death band Hidden in Eternity. In case you were not yet aware of them, their latest masterpiece ‘A Tout Jamais’ kicks seriously ass and it’s highly recommended if you are into the punishing doom-death of the French scene. Kostas has known Nereide for years, as he auditioned for ‘Journey Through Lands Unknown’ back in 2008 (sadly the distance got in the way) and recorded guitars for Kostas’s ‘Chapters’ album. All the way from Bordeaux (France), Nereide has laid down some seriously heavy, solid guitars for the album, giving it the required gravitas, heaviness and volume to meet even the most demanding ear. Nereide reminds us of what Pantheist is in the first place: a slow, heavy metal band.
Meanwhile, bass on the new album has been performed by Matt Strangis of Kyam. Matt runs the dark electronics label Unbidden Audio and while his main focus is electronic music, even a superficial listen to his output with Kyam confirms his love for extreme doom and drone music. The compositions are brooding, harsh and dark as a starless night in Cardiff. Kostas was introduced to Matt through a common musician friend in South Wales and it soon became apparent that they shared the same appreciation of the art of dark, atmospheric music. Matt played bass on the Pantheist single ‘De regen voorbij’, giving the track an impressive low frequency boost and much needed ‘balls’ and heaviness. It was only natural then that Kostas asked him to play bass on the new album. His heavy yet precise bass lines are a significant presence in the album. Check out Kyam and Unbidden Audio in the meanwhile while preparing for the Day of Doom!
Thirdly, Pantheist welcomes Jeremy Lewis from Mesmur and Dalla Nebbia. Jeremy not only played guitars on the new album but he is also in charge of the mixing and let us tell you, he is doing an incredible job! Those familiar with his work with Mesmur and Dalla Nebbia will know that Jeremy has a unique guitar style which is both progressive and doomy. He has embellished the compositions with some amazing leads and solos, proving to be a perfect fit with the band’s philosophy and sound. If you haven’t heard Mesmur yet, head to bandcamp now; essential stuff for aficionados of weird, ‘out-there’ funeral doom with a space aesthetic!
Last but not least, drums on the new album have been performed by US-based drummer John Devos. John is a familiar figure within the extreme-metal genre where competent drummers who have the right ‘feels’ can be hard to find. A quick look in his bio will reveal his involvement in a wide range of bands such as Blighted Eye, Mesmur, Comatose Vigil A.K., Dalla Nebbia, Blood Atonement etc. John’s rock solid yet versatile drumming has made the recording of this album a worry free and fun experience. You will hear anything from sparse thuds of doom to furious pedal drumming…but then again you did expect that, didn’t you?