New Pantheist album ‘Closer to God’ to be released later this year, and bonus track out now

Three years after ‘Seeking Infinity’, Pantheist are thrilled to announce the band’s next album, called ‘Closer to God’. Inspired by strange moods during the pandemic lockdown, it contains four tracks of cinematic funereal doom that are sure to push the envelope in the genre!

The album will be released digitally, as well as on limited edition digipak CD and black/coloured vinyl later this year (stay tuned for specific dates).

PANTHEIST – CLOSER TO GOD

The cover artwork for Pantheist's new album, 'Closer to God'

Label: Melancholic Realm Productions / The Vinyl Division

Tracklisting:
1. Strange Times
2. Erroneous Elation
3. Wilderness
4. Of Stardust We Are Made (and To Dust We Shall Return)

Length: 48 minutes

Personnel:
Jeremy Lewis – Guitars
John Devos – Drums
Kostas Panagiotou – Vocals, Keys
Matt Strangis – Bass
Nereide – Guitars

Guest: Andrei Oltean (E-an-na, Clouds)

Mixed by Jeremy Lewis, Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios. Artwork by Cheryl Panagiotou.

A bonus track has also been recorded, called ‘Shadow of the Hierophant’. This is a special cover of Steve Hackett’s prog epic of the same name. Pantheist have enhanced the dark atmosphere of the original and cut down on the prog elements, opting for a funeral doom approach instead. The dark lyrics, inspired by Tarot reading, add even more menace and mystery to the composition.

The track has already been revealed to Pantheist mailing list subscribers for free. If you are not a member of the mailing list, you can sign up here, and will then get immediate access to the track as well.

'Shadow of the hierophant' cover artwork

Credit to Jeremy Lewis for the guitarwork, keys (it is perhaps the first time in the history of the band that Kostas has delegated them to someone else!) and arrangements. Bass performed by Matthew Strangis, drums by John Devos, and Vocals by Kostas. Cover artwork by Cheryl Panagiotou.

New Pantheist line-up announced and new album on the way

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.

Nereide - Guitars

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.

Matt Strangis - Bass

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!

Jeremy Lewis - Guitars

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!

John Devos - Drums

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?

‘O Solitude’ to be released on vinyl

Pantheist’s legendary debut album, ‘O Solitude’, is finally going to be released on vinyl on 12th March 2021, by The Vinyl Division. It will come with brand new artwork by the band’s regular visual artist Cheryl Panagiotou, and bespoke vinyl mastering courtesy of Greg Chandler (Esoteric). The release will be limited to only 200 pressings on classic black (100) or marble (100) double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and will include an insert with an extensive retrospective album review and an interview with Kostas Panagiotou by the prolific Colonel Mortimer (La Muerte Tenía Un Blog). It is available to pre-order from The Vinyl Division website now – and we can recommend acting quickly, because the marble edition is already running out of copies.

Buy first ever Pantheist longsleeve

Front of the longsleeve

We are pleased to announce that Pantheist longsleeves are finally available, for the first time in the history of the band! The tops are a limited edition, with only 50 available. You can choose from XXL, XL, L, M and S sizes. They are High Quality Gildan Ultra Cotton garments to keep you warm and comfortable during the cold, bleak days and nights of the pandemic! The longsleeves feature the ‘Alternative Pantheïsm’ cover art at the front, the Pantheïst sigil at the back and the band logo on the right sleeve. As a bonus, when making your purchase you will get a free download of the ‘Alternative Pantheïsm’ compilation.

The longsleeves are available to buy from the Bandcamp page now for £25. Get in there quick before they sell out!

Back of the longsleeve

Pantheist release ‘Live at St Giles, London’ album

It’s finally here! Having sat on the audio for almost 9 years, we have now edited and polished up the recordings of our gig with Skepticism at St Giles-in-the-Fields on the 28th January 2012. The result is a 90 minute nostalgia trip to an event which has remained unique in the United Kingdom: an international audience of 300 doom metal enthusiasts, witnessed two ‘funeral doom’ bands in a church in the heart of London!

Professionally captured on a 16-track mixer, the performance contains a selection of 9 tracks of our first four albums. Some of the versions of the tracks are more daring than others; all of them are full of passion and conviction and I’m sure you will excuse some inaccuracies here and there in the heat of the moment.

Head over to the band’s Bandcamp page to access the album. Stay sane in an insane world in the meanwhile. Doom is the only option.

– Kostas

‘Alternative Pantheïsm’ Compilation Released

“I’m thrilled to unveil ‘Alternative Pantheïsm’, a 90 minute compilation of rarities, covers, demos and unfinished tracks spanning the period between 2000 and 2018 of the band’s history. They have been mastered and cleaned up for your listening pleasure and I have deliberately picked tracks which show the band’s evolution over the years in chronological order: from instrumental ambient and covers of better known bands while we were finding our way, to experimentation in our ‘middle period’ and eventually our more confident integration of the past in more recent years. Accompanied by lovely cover art by Cheryl, I trust this will be a nostalgic ride for those who are familiar with our music, a journey through lands unexplored and projects unfinished. The tracks have their own charm in their imperfections and ‘what if’ potential that was never fulfilled for whatever reason.

It’s an exclusive Bandcamp release so I won’t be releasing this compilation elsewhere. There are also some limited A4 prints on quality matte paper with Cheryl’s art accompanying the album, for those who like something physical to hold on to. I will sign them personally. More information in our Bandcamp page. Enjoy the ride.” – Kostas

'Alternative Pantheïsm' cover art

New Pantheist merchandise available and updates from Kostas’s solo projects

Embroidered Pantheist logo patch
Embroidered Pantheist logo patch

The band have recently unveiled some exciting new limited edition merchandise, which is available to buy from our Bandcamp store: an embroidered Pantheist logo patch, and two ‘Seeking Infinity’ themed print designs (‘Psychedelic Infinity’ and ‘Veiled Figure on Stairs’). The latter are printed on high quality A4 photo paper, and personally signed by Kostas, with a free digital download of ‘Seeking Infinity’ as a bonus.

'Psychedelic Infinity' print design
‘Psychedelic Infinity’ print design

Please note that for purposes of simplicity and security, all of the band’s merchandise is now being sold exclusively from the Bandcamp store at pantheistuk.bandcamp.com/merch, so please head there for your Pantheist merch needs in the future.

'Veiled Figure on Stairs' print design
‘Veiled Figure on Stairs’ print design

In other news, last week Pantheist’s Kostas released ‘Stardust’, a single from his second solo EP ‘Times of Change’ on Spotify. You can watch a videoclip for the song featuring scenes of nature in Aberthaw, South Wales here. You can also now listen to and buy an extended edition of ‘Times of Change’, as well as an extended edition of his previous solo EP ‘Chambers of Isolation’, on Bandcamp.

Sermones Ad Mortuos single 'You See Them in The Skies​/​Challenger'
Sermones Ad Mortuos single ‘You See Them in The Skies​/​Challenger’

Furthermore, Kostas recently released a new single from his Sermones Ad Mortuos project, ‘You See Them in The Skies​/​Challenger’. This is also available to listen to and buy on Bandcamp. To keep up to date about all of Kostas’s projects, check out his Facebook page here.

Kostas releases ‘Times of Change’ solo EP and new Sermones Ad Mortuous single

Pantheist vocialist/keyboardist Kostas has released his second solo EP during lockdown in the space of a few months! For more information, see the statement below – you can listen to and buy ‘Times of Change’ from Bandcamp here: pantheistuk.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-change

“We live in times of change. Our realities are changing very fast. A world pandemic made us all aware that some things may never be the same in the future. Time to prepare for a new reality where what has been taken for granted in the past, is no longer a given…we are but Stardust, but Love helps us connect with others, and a Vision of Light can see us through to a brighter future.

Kostas Panagiotou’s second solo EP, while only two months at the heels of the debut ‘Chamber of Isolation’, shows a considerable progress from its predecessor. While it can still be described as instrumental music based on the piano, the cinematic element has been now truly ramped up. Within its 20 minutes’ length, it travels effortlessly from bombastic, orchestral sections to subtle, romantic meanderings and dreamy realms. This is powerful music able to capture the dreams, hopes and emotions of anyone who allow themselves to be carried away by its magical sounds.” – Kostas

'Times of Change' cover

In addition, Kostas has resurrected the project Sermones Ad Mortuous, which has just released a single entitled ‘Flight 9525: A pointless descent’. You can listen to and buy it at pantheistuk.bandcamp.com/track/flight-9525-a-pointless-descent.

“Five whole years after its mysterious debut ‘The Ghostlands Themes’, Sermones Ad Mortuos returns with a different sound and theme. This new single takes the sound of the project into a more relaxed, chillout territory. Despite this, there is a hint of sadness to the downtempo composition, no doubt informed by the sad fate of the passengers of the doomed Germanwings flight.” – Kostas

Sermones Ad Mortuous 'Flight 9525: A Pointless Descent' cover

Pantheist’s Kostas releases solo album ‘Chamber of Isolation’

We hope you are all keeping as well as possible in the surreal circumstances that the world currently finds itself in! Pantheist’s Kostas has been endeavouring to use his time in isolation productively, and has just released an album of piano and chamber music on Bandcamp: ‘Chamber of Isolation’. You can listen to and download the album here: https://pantheistuk.bandcamp.com/album/chamber-of-isolation. Kostas made the following statement to accompany the release:

“Hello fellow people in isolation, I greet thee. I hope you manage to spend your time productively and creatively. I have used some of that time to work on producing a new album called ‘Chambers of Isolation’ and I have just released it on bandcamp. As I explain in the album description, it reflects feelings and emotions spawned by both mental isolation and creative longing. It is piano and chamber music to evoke ghosts of past and present.

As these are strange times, I have decided to set the album price as ‘pay if you want’, along with the rest of my available digital discography. This is your chance to grab any of my bandcamp albums you don’t own yet. Donations are always welcome but don’t feel obliged if you are currently struggling financially. It helps as much to spread the word to others who haven’t heard of my music yet. I salute you once again and as ever, comments and feedback are very welcome. Keep safe and take care of your bodies and minds and help your loved ones.” – Kostas

Album cover for 'Chamber of Isolation'

On Kostas’s Bandcamp page you can also now listen to and download two additional Pantheist tracks that were previously only available to subscribers of the band’s mailing list. The first is ‘De regen voorbij’, a cover of a song by a Dutch crooner called Rob De Nijs. The second is a remastered version of ‘Warping space-time’, which was originally a bonus track from ‘Seeking Infinity’. Enjoy, and take care one and all!

Cover for 'De regen voorbij'
Cover for 'Warping space-time'

Andrei Oltean from E-an-na to join Pantheist performance in Antwerp

We said there will be a few surprises for those attending our event with Officium Triste and Isenordal on the 21st September in Antwerp, and here is one of them. Andrei Oltean will be joining us on stage to perform wind instruments on some of our key tracks and add his own ethnic flavour to our live sound!

Andrei is known as a talented Romanian multi-instrumentalist involved in a variety of bands, most notably the popular folk metal outfit E-an-na. Closer to our genre, he is also known for his heart rending instrumental performances on various Clouds tracks.

Don’t have your tickets yet? Then grab them now as they are selling out fast. Don’t miss the opportunity to see our only gig this year, in our most natural setting: a beautifully ornamented church in the heart of Antwerp!